How To Set Goals The Right Way
January 3, 2018 ShareGoals give a direction, energy, power and a purpose, to everything that you do. Without them you are just aimlessly jumping from task to task and that can only lead to overwhelm, dissatisfaction and lack of success.
Be as much Specific as possibleYou hear people say, “I want a bigger house. I want a new car. I want to be thinner, I want to be happier, I want my kids to be better.” - That’s not a goal. That’s a desire. How do you transition from a desire to a goal? You make it specific. What car do you want? What make is it? How much does it cost? What house do you want? Where is it? What is it overlooking? Is it overlooking the ocean, is it overlooking a garden? How much do you want to lose in terms of weight? Is it 30 pounds, 50 pounds, 60 pounds? Make it specific. That’s how you go from a desire to a goal: making it very specific.
Set Goals That Motivate YouWhen you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an "I must do this" attitude. When you don't have this, you risk putting off what you need to do to make the goal a reality. This in turn leaves you feeling disappointed and frustrated with yourself, both of which are de-motivating. And you can end up in a very destructive "I can't do anything or be successful at anything" frame of mind.
Imagine your futureThink about your ideal future. What does it look like? Ask yourself questions that will help you get to a detailed picture. For example, imagine you are trying to decide on a long-term career. Here are some questions you might ask:
- What time do you want to wake up every morning?
- Where do you want to live? The city? A rural area? A foreign country?
- Who will be there when you wake up? If it's important to you have to have a family? If so, a job that requires a lot of long trips out of town might not be the best choice.
- How much money do you want to make?
- The answers to these questions may not be enough to point you toward a single dream job, by they can certainly help you rule some out.