What Do You Really Want? How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
Before you roll your eyes at this goal setting blog post please just give me 5 minutes to save you thousands in 2017.
Goal setting has been proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, to be very successful for anyone in any area of their lives.
In this blog post I’m going to share with you the importance of setting goals, and a work sheet that I went thru that I loved which i’ve attached as a goal setting template for you below.
I’m going to give you my take from my years of experience of goal setting and more importantly the success i’ve gained from learning how to set goals and achieve them.
For all my business owners out there not setting a goal, it could be a target of $10,000 revenue per month for 2017, then you’re setting yourself up for failure!
Before we get too far however let’s get stuck into it.
How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
Do you have an actual process for setting and achieving your goals?
If you don’t you’ll likely not succeed at whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
Smart goal setting is absolutely the way to go. Before we get into that however let’s talk about;
Decide What You Want!
Most people miss the first step and therefore set almost irrelevant goals.
Of course we don’t do it on purpose its accidental merely from ignorance of the process.
In order to achieve anything we must first decide on what we really want.
And i’m not talking about yeah it’d be cool to have a new car. We need to get more specific then that! More on that later however.
For now… ponder on this I really liked it:
“The indispensable first step to getting things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”
– Ben Stein, Actor and Author
Ben Stein clearly knew what he wanted. To be an author and an actor which is why he achieved it.
So start there. Really figure out what it is that you want.
Smart Goal Setting
SMART goal setting is a process which has been around for some time now.
Frankly though I didn’t like the first representation of the acronym which was:
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Attainable
- R – Realistic
- T – Time
Over the years i’ve continued my search. I think its fair to say over a span of about 15 years i’ve done some form of a goal setting workshop, book, audio, interview, training, seminar, course every 3 to 6 months.
I’m passionate about the topic because I know how important it is.
And what I found in the past few years I MUCH prefer which you’ll see the slight difference here:
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Attainable
- R – Relevant & Realistic
- T – Time
Relevant rather then just realistic is the main difference obviously.
The reason I really like this distinction is this: your goals, especially at the start, shouldn’t just be relevant, they should be big a$$ dreams!
Something that makse you scared and excited at the same time.
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself”
– William Faulkner
Later on you can trim them down into more realistic chunks in due time.
For now dream big! Go hard. Whatever you want use this goal setting worksheet here to get after it.
Let’s talk about these things briefly here shall we.
What Smart Goal Setting Stands For
Before i get into goal setting examples I just want to explain briefly what this actually stands for so we have some context moving forward.
- S – Specific: Be specific with your goals!
- M – Measurable: Put something tangible in place you can measure.
- A – Attainable: Ensure its something you can actually get.
- R – Relevant and Realistic: Make sure the goals aren’t just realistic to you but also relevant.
- T – Time: Be sure to set a time bound on the goal you set.
Perhaps now you see why its so important to first know what you actually want?
Meaning the first step we covered you must decide what you want before you can get into goal setting examples.
Let’s break this down even further so you know exactly what I mean by using SMART goal setting as your goal setting template moving forward 🙂
Goal Setting Examples:
Let’s run thru a few examples so you can see how to go about applying SMART goal setting 🙂
Smart Goal Setting; 3 Goal Setting Examples
Let’s get stuck into some goal setting examples and really get this method under wraps for you
Goal Setting Examples #1: I want to lose weight!
- S – Weigh 99 kg’s
- M – Lose 10 kg’s
- A – Definitely
- R & R – is this relevant and realistic for me? YES.
- T – 3 month’s
My goal has now gone from i want to lose weigh to: I will weigh 99 kg’s in 3 month’s or less.
Do you see the difference? The clarity is night and day.
Goal Setting Examples #2: I want to make more money!
- S – $120,000 per annum with online business
- M – Generate $10,000 per month
- A – Absolutely
- R & R – Its relevant as its in my online business. Its realistic because I know how to
- T – 1 year.
The goal has gone from I want to make more money to: I will make $10,000 per month with my online business for 2017.
Again, do you see the specificity to it? Now, 1 last goal setting example
Goal Setting Examples #1: I want be a good father!
- S – Do 2 family activities per week
- M – 1 Saturday, 1 Sunday
- A – Yes
- R & R – relevant yes because I have a family and want more time with them. Realistic yes because the weekends are meant to be for family primarily
- T – Weekly
So, we all want to be better parents but do you schedule in what to do so you can actually get them done?
The new goal is: Every Saturday and Sunday we will go for a family outting.
Simple. Scheduled. Locked in for achievement!
How to Set Goals and Achieve Them Worksheet
So now you have the SMART goal setting methodology locked in I want to give you a worksheet, 100% free, just give me your best email so that I can email you the link.
This worksheet will make you think of areas you probably haven’t thought of that you absolutely need to clarify!
You’ll want to put 30 minutes aside to get this exercise done but by the end you’ll have a really good idea of what you want to achieve in the coming years.
More importantly remember to continue to use smart goal setting above once you’ve completed the work sheet to start getting to work on being not just a goal setter but a goal getter 🙂
How to Set Goals and Achieve Them Summary
Whatever you want to achieve as long as you can conceive and believe you can!
Use the smart goal setting method to break down your goals AFTER you’ve done the Goal Setting Worksheet above.
1 last tip before I let you go when it comes to setting your goals try to balance your life out. What I mean by that is use it for multiple areas of your life.
Things got so much better for me when I started setting goals also for my health, business, job, family, mindset and so on… Pick 4 or 5 areas that are important to YOU and start setting goals using our system here.
I wish you the best of luck and I hope this blog post on How to Set Goals and Achieve Them helps you with your achievements of 2017 and moving forward.Your Content