How to Set up a Goal That works
Goal setting is frowned upon by some people and viewed as a tough, annoying, and dreaded task. One of the main problems with goal setting is that people don’t know how to set up a goal to achieve it, which causes procrastination, and nothing gets accomplished.
Below Are Six Simple Steps to Set Up Your Goal:
Step 1: Define Your Goal
If we change the way we look at a situation, we can motivate ourselves. Imagine the act of setting a goal to be like going shopping for something you have wanted for a long time.
For example, if you’re into computers, then picture yourself going to your favorite computer shop to pick out any laptop you want! It’s the same with goal setting, imagine going shopping to choose any goal you want.
Let’s examine the goals for your career. You can prime your mind by making a list of the many possibilities as if they were items on a shelf.
What do I really want for my online business?
- Do I want to make more money?
- Do I want publicity?
- Do I want more free time?
- Do I want more control?
- Do I want to make my company top in the industry?
- Do I want to increase annual sales?
- Do I want to attract outside investors?
Asking questions will help you open up to the many possibilities allowing you to decide what you want most.
Step 2: Make Your Goal Specific
The more specific you are when you write down your goal, the more your goal will make sense to you, and help you to stay on track.
Let’s use one of the above examples. “I want to increase annual sales.” That’s a general statement, but if this is how you phrase your goal, it is ineffective.
To make this goal effective, you need to list some ways to achieve it. For example:
1. Introduce a new product line.
2. Expand our current product line.
3. Set up a dealer or affiliate program.
4. Open new stores.
5. Expand our market.
From this list, let’s say you choose “set up a dealer or affiliate program.” Then your goal could be: Increase annual sales by implementing an affiliate program to sell our products.
Now you know what the action is and to make your goal more specific you need to add, how much will you increase sales. Your goal would now read something like this; Increase annual sales by 15% using an affiliate program to sell our products.
Step3: Define the “How-To”
Next, write a sentence or paragraph outlining how you will achieve your goal.
I will design a website specifically to introduce our affiliate program, and I will promote it through Pay Per Click advertising.
Step 4: Define the Time Frame
Defining the time frame will help you stay on track. Answer the following questions:
When is the starting date of this goal?
When is the completion date?
Step 5: Document Your Goal
For your goal to be practical, you have to write it down in some form. Be specific and write it in one sentence. Details can be added later. Single sentence goals are easier to remember.
Step 6: Make Sure You’re on track
You may know what you want, but your stated goal just doesn’t feel right. If it doesn’t feel right, it won’t happen.
Take a deep breath and relax. Close your eyes and take a step into the future and imagine yourself already having achieved your goal.
What’s it like? Is it really what want? Does it feel right? Is there anything happening that you weren’t expecting? Remember the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for. You may get it!”
This little exercise will help you get in touch with the goal and confirm that it’s what you really want. If the goal feels right, then continue. If it doesn’t, then go back to Step 1.
To succeed in life, we have to have goals. Goals are what drive us as well as guide us on the path to success.
Make goal-setting a habit and, more importantly, make it fun! If you applied a new goal every month, imagine where you’ll be a year from now!
That’s The Way I See It!