It doesn’t matter whether you are setting goals for your personal life, for your business, your health or even your spirituality – mapping out clear, concise goals is the first key to successfully achieving them. Without clear goals you quite probably will end up misdirected on what is that you want to achieve. This misdirection could easily lead you down the path of stagnation.
o Crystal Clear goals will give you significant motivation, increased momentum and intensify purpose in your life.
Here are five major tips to help you define those crystal clear goals for your life or business:
- Be aware of what you want to achieve. First and foremost, if you want to define crystal clear goals, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve – where you want to be, what you want to have and what you want to do. You will never figure out to get there – if you do not know where THERE is.
Once you know where you want to be and what you want to achieve, you’ll be able to come up with the goals that will help you get there.
o Where what to be in 1, 3, 5 and 10 years from now?
o What kind of work do you want to be doing?
o What kind of relationship do you want to be in?
o Where do you want to live?
These are just a few idea starters for you….
o Take the time to sit down and brainstorm your long-term dreams and desires.
- Set the Clock. A goal without a deadline is a wish or a dream that will easily evaporate like the morning dew when the light of day sets across it. Setting deadlines will thwart procrastination and urge you into action to meet your goals. Having a timeline for your goals also helps to clarify them because now not only do you know what you want but you also know when you want it by!
o Come up with goals that you want to meet in a month, year, and even five or ten years from now.
o Nest some small goals together chronologically to form a the achievement of a larger goal: Example: I will walk 3x a week starting this week, I jog 1 mile a week by x/x/2009, I run 5 miles a week by x/x/2009, I do 3 hrs of cardio a week by x/x/2009, I run 5 miles a day by x/x/2009. All of these could be leading up to a larger goal of “I will run my first marathon by x/x/2010.” – you get the picure
o Create a MAP (Massive Action Plan) to keep you on track, BUT, don’t etch your map in stone! Allow for modifications along the way, but always keep your eye ever focused on the primary goal.
- Keep it real. With realistic goals, you can all but guarantee that you will be able to achieve all that you desire. Set yourself a goal that is just a little bit outside of your reach… then when you reach it you will be able to reach out farther for the next one. This way you won’t stress yourself out trying to accomplish something that’s out of reach. A clear goal is a realistic one, make it a stretch goal (do not be too easy on yourself) but certainly make it attainable.
o Like I noted above you will want to break down long-term goals into smaller goals and smaller goal into bite sized, achievable action steps. Completing action steps and tasks towards your goals will give you a feeling of accomplishment and motivate you to continue your journey towards your major goal.
- Be Crystal Clear. Specify your goals with the details of exactly what you want. Avoid vague generalities. Make it so that you handed a stranger a piece of paper that hand your one sentence goal written on it, they would know exactly what you were trying to achieve. Also, they would be able to tell if you have achieved it already or now. When you make a specific goal, you’ll be better able to accomplish it – not to mention you will know WHEN you have accomplished it.
o Specific goals allow you to form your timeline and define your action steps. There’s no guesswork involved when dealing with specifics.
o Example, “make money online” is way too vague a goal. You would need to come up with a specific goal, such as, “I make $1,000 more per month, by x/x/2009.” This goal is specific, measurable, and realistic. Also, please note the tense of the goal. It is written in the positive present tense.
- Review and Refine your goals. Your life will go through change, so would should your goals remain constant. If you think about it, when you were younger you thought and believed things that today you may not. You have changed as a result of inputs, actions and activities that have gone on in your life. So too may your goals change as your life changes. During this review and refining process, discard goals you no longer long for, and reprioritize those you do. Again, make them more specific, realistic, and achievable.
o It’s okay to refine your goals several times in your life! What’s important this very minute, might not be as important to you nine months or nine years from this very minute. Accept change, heck, even embrace it. Revisit your goals from at minimum once a year and make new plans if necessary.
Many flounder through life, unsure of what they want to achieve or what their purpose is. That will not be you! Give your life crystal clear meaning by putting some thought into what is important to you. What goals do you want to achieve? What actions are you going to take to make your dreams of today your reality tomorrow?