Setting goals the right way
There’s more to successful goal setting than you may think and understanding how to set goals the right way will give you a head start when it comes to having goals that truly work for you.
When you follow the steps to goal setting the right way, it will give you a sense of purpose and direction, which then keeps you focused and motivated.
Here are some essential steps to include once you have you have created your initial goal list.
1) Identify your goal and ask yourself key questions
Simply writing a list of the things you’d like to have, do or become doesn’t automatically mean that you will achieve them. In effect it's just a wish list. It's what most people do at the start of a new year and then they soon lose faith when nothing happens and that's a shame. It’s also why people give up on doing them.
Once you have decided upon a goal, write it down and then expand upon it by asking yourself the following questions:
Key tips for successful goal setting:
- Write a short sentence why you want the goal.
- Ask will this goal improve my life?
- Write your goal in a brief and positive sentence.
1) Engage your subconscious mind
Your subconscious plays a key role in the goal setting process and when correctly done, your goals have a multi-dimensional aspect to them. The process of goal setting activates your brain and it gets to work on your behalf. This is because your brain has a mission, to prove to you that what you believe is true!
Have you ever had the experience where things seem to show up in your life with little effort? This is because you have activated a part of your brain that hones in on what you are focusing upon. Usually though it's an unconscious process!
It's curious how circumstances will often show up in your life that seem quite magical. Chance encounters, an unexpected opportunity, being in the right place at the right time, solutions that come at the right moment and the experience of ease and flow to mention a few.
By engaging with your goal, you set forth the conditions that allow it to be realised.
Key tips for engaging your subconscious:
- Visualise having achieved your goal.
- Imagine that you already have it!
- Feel it! What does it feel like having this thing?
2. Your goals need to be aligned with your values.
This is an exercise that many people overlook when goal setting. In fact, I think few people actually take the time to know what their core values are.
A short version of knowing your values is to make a list of five to ten things that matter most to you – things that you cannot live happily without – such honesty, trust or fun. Because knowing your values will bring you the most amount of joy and happiness in your life as you accomplish your goals. You are doing them because they matter you and your values and someone else’s.
By asking yourself these questions you are able to determine if this is a goal you truly desire and are prepared to work for. Quite often we have ideas that seem like a goal that fizzle out over time. That’s okay, this process however will give you clarity on that.
These 3 tips for creating successful goals will help you get started. I’d love to hear from you and how this has helped you identify your goals, so let me know how you get on or comment below.