Are you want to learn how to set and achieve goals in life perfectly? Then this article for you. Here we shared the best way about what is goals setting, how to understanding goals, tips and best rules for making perfect and successful goals setting. So, let’s start.
Now once you’ve got your goal in mind the next thing you need to do is figure out how you will know when you’ve achieved your goal. If you don’t know when you’ve achieved your goal it’s really hard to measure progress as well as it can just be mentally a little bit taxing to think that something is going to go on and on and on forever.
So you have to have an idea of what constitutes completion for some goals it’s really simple to know when you’ve completed it.
So using our other examples if your goal is to write a book you know when you’ve written a book because the book is done but if you go something a little bit more broad like being healthier and getting in better shape we got to dig a little bit deeper to figure out exactly what that means. Do we want to be able to do a certain amount of push-ups run a certain distance a combination of the two eat better?
What does that mean more specifically how will we know when we are healthier or fit more fit or eating better. To really see where we’re going and be able to measure our progress we need something that we can actually track something tangible that will let us know if we’re getting closer to our goal or not.
If we don’t have that we’re not going to be able to identify points of weakness and how we can improve. We won’t have data to help us make these types of decisions.
So let’s look for ways to make things a little bit more measurable like I was saying if your goal is to be healthier and stronger then you might set yourself a goal for how many push-ups can do or how far you can run. These are numbers that you can actually measure. You can do this action.
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And at the end of it say Yes I ran three miles. You know for sure whether or not you did that as a yes or no or a number one you put it into that framework in one of these three buckets. It’s very easy to measure and understand your goal and your progress.
One thing to keep in mind when you set your goal you need to make sure that the measurable is something that’s actually in your control. So you could set yourself a goal to make a thousand dollars a day but what do you actually have to do to make a thousand dollars. Well, you have to make sales. And how do you make sales? Well, you have to pitch a certain number of people.
So pay attention to what is actually in your control your measurable can be something out of control. But if you’re not hitting those make sure that you roll back to something that is in your control. So if you hit your thousand dollar mark you can just sit there and be like whoa I wish I know where to make more money.
You have to roll back do something in your control which is how many people that I pitched today. Well if you pitch 50 maybe if you pitch 100 you’ll be able to get a thousand dollars out of it. Now I’m not saying that that’s the only thing you should look at right.
If you pitch you know more and more and more people aren’t making any money then you’re not getting any closer to your goal so you need to re-examine the way that you’re pitching it’s OK that the goal is set to make money. It’s just that you need to be aware of the actual actions you need to take that you can measure to get to that goal.
Another example is if you are trying to lose weight but you also went to the gym five days a week right and didn’t lose any weight. You shouldn’t be you know beating yourself up that you didn’t lose weight because you are doing some of the right actions. But you also need to pay attention to OK what are the other factors in my control that could be influencing the lack of weight change.
Anyway to recap really quick before you move on. Make sure that you’ve found a way to measure goals and a way to know whether or not you will have completed your goal at the end of the four weeks.
If you don’t have that it’s not going to lend itself well to feeling accomplished at the end. You’re not going to know what you’re doing. Now that you’ve got both a goal and a way to measure it so that you’ll know whether or not you’ve completed that goal.
The next step is to make sure you have actionable steps so you know what to actually work on. A big problem with a lot of people setting goals so that they never actually happen is that they haven’t broken down their goals specifically enough to know what they actually need to do.
So, for example, you might say on a start a garden and you don’t actually know how to garden or anything about gardening right. A lot of people would just give up at that point.
But we need to break down our goals so that we can see things we can actually do. One way to tell if your goals are broken down small enough is to ask yourself what time can I do this. And what exactly am I doing?
If you can’t answer those two questions, if you don’t know when and how exactly you’re going to accomplish the task you need to think about how you can break it down into a smaller more specific chunk.
Let’s start with our book example. So if you have this goal of wanting to write a book the first action that comes to mind that you need to take is probably to write an outline you need an idea of how much you’re going to write. Once you’re done with that outline you’ll roughly know how many chapters you need to do. Then you can slot those chapters into different blocks of time right.
So your color looks something like OK you first block of time is to write an outline once you figure that out you know the chapter is you know many chapters to put in so you put them in this block and this block in this block and this block and once you have those tasks you know exactly what you should be working on. You don’t have to break down your entire goal or project in one go right. If you’re writing your outline you’re not going to know how many chapters are you can’t plan a month out.
If you don’t know how many chapters there are actually even on the outline yet so you can just set the outline in a time and once you finish the outline then you go back to this planning stage and start blocking stuff.
And if you’re having trouble with your goal trying to break it down into the more actionable chunks just keep asking yourself how do I do this. If you go back to the gardening example you might think How do I start gardening. Well then you might need to read a book and once you’ve read that book then you can go back to the planning stage and say OK out of this book I learned you need to do X Y and Z and then slot times in for those.
Now let’s switch back to the example of getting in shape.
So the question I ask myself is what are you going to do to get in better shape or to be healthier. Let’s say that we use the example of exercise. So when we have an exercise we’ve got to break that down even more.
What kind of exercise are we going to do? When are we going to do that action? How long are we going to do it for the more specific that we can get the easier it is for us to know exactly what we’re doing. And when we can put it into a time block.
So let’s say we answer all those questions that we said OK since we have to do it. We’re going to do one hour when doing bodyweight exercises and we’re going to do it three days a week.
Right. That is very very specific and it’s easy because you know exactly how long and exactly what you need to be doing when you’ve broken down your goal to these small enough chunks it becomes extremely actionable you know exactly what you need to do to work towards your goal. Now I know I’ve kept saying walk out a piece of time you may have to just kind of guesstimate how much time something’s going to take but just the fact that you could say OK for an hour I’m going to work on this and I know what I’m doing.
That’s the part that’s important for you to be able to take action on it. The more concrete the action steps in your goal are the easier it is to visualize yourself doing it and the more likely you are to follow through because you have these really specific blocks built out for yourself.
Before we move on write down as many steps as you can think of and make sure that it’s exactly what we’ve talked about.
You could put it into a block of time and know what to do. Now again if you need to do it in certain steps like the first day maybe you need to do some research and then you go back and walk again.
That’s fine. But for now, just do as much as you possibly can in terms of outlining into actionable steps.
And another common thing is ‘Failure’. It provides life’s greatest learning opportunities. So look at failure as lessons, not as a failure. Develop the habit of reviewing your goals each week that gives you the chance to tweak and change them as needed.
That also gives you the chance to monitor your progress. Remember you can’t become good at something without hard work and dedication and setting and achieving stretch goals is absolutely no different. But here’s what I promise you.
Once you implement goal setting in your life the way we’re talking about it here you can begin to enjoy the experience of seeing your goals being fulfilled in you becoming what you are capable of becoming. That’s what you were put here to do.