Seven Key Points for Effective Goal Setting

by | 01/21

Success and happiness in your life is a desire you are working towards, perhaps!. The dream of what you want to accomplish and what you want to be remembered for adds to the joy of life. Those dreams can also be referred to as goals, and what to do to achieve them rely squarely on you!. Here are 7 points to note when setting goals for success in 2021.

1. Why You Need a Goal

To achieve goals, you first have to set them. It’s much like driving to a destination; if you don’t determine where you are going, how are you going to get there? Therefore, you need to set goals that you want to achieve.

Many people who want to achieve goals are not as steadfast in setting them. This is a mistake because, if you aren’t committed to setting goals, then you can wander around aimlessly in your actions, believing that you are getting closer to the goals you want when in reality, you are wasting time and energy that could be better utilised if you set the goal ahead of time.

Setting the goal before attempting to achieve it is important because it gives you a clear idea of what actions and steps you’ll need to take in order to achieve that goal. You’ll see how challenging the goal is, approximately in what time frame you can realistically expect to achieve the goal, and even see ways in which you can break the goal down into stages and steps that are more easily manageable and doable.

2. Define Your Goals

A goal is a desired result or achievement you want to reach. Therefore, you need to decide what you want to achieve in your life, in the first place. You need to decide what you want to be remembered for and what actions in your life you want to do to reach this goal. In determining what goals you want to achieve, ask yourself what really drives you, what motivates you to get up in the morning.

Is it your family? Is it your career? Is it the environment? Is it wealth? Is it something else? You need to decide what really matters to you, then decide what you want to achieve to exemplify what really matters to you. Most importantly, decide what you will give or do in order to achieve that goal.

3. Write Them Down

When many people set goals, they think in their minds of a goal they want to achieve, then go about attempting to achieve it. You really need to analyse the goal to see how you can break it down into more manageable and more easily attainable parts (i.e. short- term goals) so that you can attain the ultimate goal (i.e. long-term goals) you want. To be successful, you have to write down the goals and look at it up to 7 times a day. Your way of advertising to your subconscious mind about your desires and intention. As companies build brand loyalty through constant advertising, you sell the idea of your goal to your subconscious mind when it’s written down and looked at throughout the day.

4. Categories: Short-Term Vs Long-Term Goals

A short-term goal is a step or accomplishment that helps to bring you closer to your long-term goal. Some goals will take a short time to accomplish while others will require a considerable amount of time to reach.

These are categorised into Short-Term and Long-Term goals. Regardless of which category the goals belong, the short term goal short be started first. Long Term goals need to be broken into chucks, into short term goals.

For instance, If you want to lose 100 pounds, your short term goal could will be to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks. That can be considered a step or accomplishment toward your long-term goal of losing 100 pounds, since you only need to lose 95 more pounds to reach your long-term goal of losing 100 pounds. Every 5 pounds you lose brings you that much closer to your long-term goal of losing 100 pounds.

5.Prioritise Your Goals

Prioritising your goals is important for many reasons. For one reason, we all have a finite lifespan; none of us live forever. Therefore, you only have a limited time to accomplish everything we want to achieve. Additionally, if a sudden, incurable illness or condition afflicts you at some point in your live, you may not be able to accomplish the goals you want to achieve after that point.

Another reason to prioritise our goals relates back to the idea of short-term goals and long-term goals. With most long-term goals, there are many short- term goals you’ll have to reach before accomplishing the long-term goal. As a result, you need to prioritise the short-term goals first because you’ll need to reach them first in order to obtain the long-term goals.

If you want to lose 100 pounds, it will be harder to impossible to just focus on that goal without prioritising to achieve the short-term goal of losing 5 pounds first.

6. Set Specific Deadlines: Time Frames

One of the keys to achieving your goals is setting time frame for when you’ll like to attain the goal. Without determining how long it will take to reach the goal, you ran the risk of operating according to Parkinson’s Law. An old adage that work expands to fill the time allotted. 

For instance, if you want to lose 100 pounds, how long do you want to take before you achieve it? Now, you have to be realistic; you’re not going to do it in 1-2 months (and most physicians would consider it unhealthy to lose that much weight that quickly), and even doing it in 6 months may not be possible, as you will have to lose about 17 pounds each month. It’s not impossible, but may be quite challenging. However, if you choose to lose 100 pounds in 12 months or 1 year, you only need to lose about 9 pounds each month, or about 2-3 pounds a

week, in order to achieve your long-term goal. This is certainly feasible for most people who put in a decent amount of effort toward losing 100 pounds in 12 months.

7. Eliminate Distractions and Track Your Progress

Everyone faces distractions. Whether it’s internal distractions, such as having doubts on completing tasks or losing focus during a task, or external distractions, such as social media and email accounts, smartphones, and/or unexpected circumstances that pop up, everyone has to deal with various distractions on their way to achieving goals. The key to successfully achieving goals consistently is to overcome and eliminate the distractions that stand in your way.

For instance, if you are looking to lose 100 pounds over 12 months, you have to resist the temptation or distraction of eating a lot of nutrition-deficient foods. There are likely several birthday parties and celebrations where rich foods and cakes will be presented. In addition, there are several notable holidays where rich foods and desserts are presented. All of these present distractions to your long-term goal of losing 100 pounds over 12 months. If you allow yourself to give into the temptation and distraction of eating much to any of these rich, nutrition-deficient foods, you will hinder your progress toward losing those 100 pounds over 12 months and may even prevent yourself from achieving it.

Conclusion

Goal setting is the one and only sure way to getting to reach your dreams and desires in life.

Getting goals will require that you identify why you should set a goal in the first place. Identify the goals and write it down. Categories your goals into short and long term goals and prioritise which one to work towards first. Set specific deadline and avoid distractions.

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