People set their goals differently, depending on their current situation, resources, physical capacity and other factors. Follow theses simple guidelines to be sure that your goals are
believable and achievable. Many people set their goals too high only to fall behind and become disappointed which soon leads to a lack of motivation and increased procrastination. Check out these tips I have for you.
Goals need to be specific, this enables you to identify milestones and action steps which will keep you focused and on track. Many people have goals to change career, get promoted, increase their wealth, improve their relationship etc. These goals whilst typical for many are very vague and your mind may become confused about what you truly want. General descriptions do not have boundaries, so you always leave room for mistakes and compromise. If you want results that you can be proud of, be specific.
To be specific, you need to include the full details. Write down something like, “I want to get £125,000 by 5 October of this year.” or “It is 2 December 2010 and I am the key supervisor of the sales department.” Include the names, the position, the amount, the date and everything else needed to train your mind to start working towards that goal.
Goals need to be measurable so that you can track your progress. To help record your progress and goals, you should include measurable details. For a career change, you could include details of the number of hours you’re working, the amount you’re earning, the staff you’re handling, etc. For a financial goal include details of the amount you want to have as a whole, the number of companies or businesses you own, your contact persons, etc. Always have things and items to be measured so you can understand how close you are to getting your goals. If your goal is to earn £100,000 a month, then you know you’re halfway there if you’re already bringing in £50,000 a month.
Being Attainable and Realistic
Only set goals that can possibly be achieved. If you set goals that are too high to accomplish, that you are almost setting yourself up to fail. Ensure you only set objectives that you can reach within a given amount of time, provided the current resources and capabilities you have. Some examples of near impossible goals are doubling your salary overnight, getting a promotion higher than your boss’s position, etc. Some goals can be achieved faster compared to others if you have some strengths and skills to back these up. Always include a strategic plan for big objectives.
Set deadlines to achieve your goals or you may find yourself procrastinating and not achieving even your milestones and action steps. Be specific when setting timelines and schedules. For all action steps set the exact time and date you will take action, what you will do and how you will do it. For long-term goals which may take years to accomplish break them down into smaller achievable goals with deadlines. Finish every step in sequence to finally reach the biggest goal at the end.
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