Goal Setting

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Goal Setting

Category : Leadership

1. Decide what you want. Your first step is to determine what it is you want to achieve. This can be a big change or small one, but taking some time to think about what you hope to achieve is an important first step to success.

2. Ask why. It’s important to take a little time to think about why you are setting the goals you’ve chosen. If you think about your motivations, you may find that you end up wanting to revise your goals
3. Brainstorm in writing. Once you’ve set a general goal, you need to start getting more specific and making a plan to reach it. A great first step is to do some free-writing. Get some paper and write down some thoughts about the following topics:

  • Your ideal future
  • Qualities you admire in others
  • Things that could be done better
  • Things you want to learn more about
  • Habits you want to improve.
  • This step is meant to help you fantasize and imagine many possibilities. After a few of these possibilities are out on paper, you can determine which ones are most important to you.

4. Get specific. Once you’ve thought about some goals and brainstormed a bit, its time to start getting more specific. Use your notes from the brainstorming session and your definitions from the previous section. Write down some specific things you would like to achieve or do.

  • A vague goal like, “I want to play better, so I will do my best,” is not as effective as a goal like “I want to be able to play my favorite song in six months.” Poorly defined end goals or vague “do-you-best” goals are not as effective as specific goals.
  • Move beyond general goals like “I want to become rich” and focus on specific achievements that will get results. Instead of “I want to become rich,” your goal could be “I want to master investing in the stock market.” Instead of “I want to play the guitar,” your goal could be something like “I want to play lead guitar in a rock band.”
  • It’s a good idea to do some more writing here, trying to describe your goals in as much detail as possible.

5.The Problem with How We Usually Set Goals. If you’re anything like the typical human, then you have dreams and goals in your life. In fact, there are probably many things — large and small — that you would like to accomplish.
That’s great, but there is one common mistake we often make when it comes to setting goals. (I know I’ve committed this error many times myself.)
The problem is this: we set a deadline, but not a schedule.

6.Make it happen! How do you do that? How do you really make personal accountability work for you? Wouldn’t it be easy if there were just some switch you could flip? An Easy Button you could push? Maybe an app you could use? Well, there really is a flipping magical switch-app-button. It’s called making a choice and acting on it. You have the choice to fulfill your aspirations or wallow in the blame game and victim cycle. True success doesn’t come from the outside but from within. There is no wizard. Taking greater personal accountability is the key to succeeding in everything you do.

1 Comment


December 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Aretilcs like this are an example of quick, helpful answers.

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