Goal setting isn’t simply writing down what you want to achieve. Successful goal setting requires a more thought-out process. There are many goal setting processes that exist but these steps to successful goal setting I am about to share with you has helped me creative my 6 income streams, multiple online businesses and continuously improve myself.
For goal setting to work, you need a game plan that you can realistically follow and commit to. That’s almost impossible to do if you don’t know how to set effective personal goals.
No one sets goals with the intention to fail. No one.
So if you’re motivated to give yourself goals in life, work or anything else, then you might as well spend 5 minutes to learn how to set goals effectively.
Step 1: Define your goal
Define your goal.
You don’t want it to be vague that you have no direction to follow. It can’t be emotionally charged that it’s not measurable.
“I want to feel confident. ” isn’t good goal setting.
“I want to be able to talk to strangers comfortably.” is a goal you can work with because you can measure your progress and success. There’s a clear idea of what you’re trying to achieve. It’s also easier to know how to achieve your goal.
“I want to make more money.” isn’t a good goal, “I want to make xxxx amount.” is.
Define your goal properly in a way you can clearly measure your progress and gage whether you’re improving over time is the first step to goal setting.
Step 2: What is your starting position?
You want to talk to strangers more comfortably? How uncomfortable are you talking to strangers now?
You want to earn xxxx amount of money? How much money are you earning now?
Whatever your goal is, ask your self where you’re at right now. It’s important to know what your starting position is because you can then adjust your plan according to your needs.
A person who isn’t uncomfortable talking to strangers at a dinner party where they know a few people is going to do something completely different to someone who can’t bring themselves to start a conversation at any social gathering.
A person who is only missing 10 – 20% off their target income is going to take different steps than a person who is starting from absolute scratch.
Know where your starting point is and then you can move on to the next step of figuring out what you need to do.
Step 3: Break it down and give yourself deadlines
Goals require work. No matter how small or how big, you are going to have to put in effort, time and mental ingenuity to achieve your goals.
If you find out your starting position is far from your goal then you’re not going to achieve it in a day, a week, or even a month. You’re not going to achieve it in one swift move or one quick step.
You need to break it down into multiple steps.
If you can’t even start a conversation with somebody, you’re not going to be this confident person overnight who can comfortably strike up a conversation with anyone. You need break it down to make it more manageable for yourself.
Maybe start with feeling more comfortable in different social situations. Then you can move onto taking part in group conversations and finally getting to the point where you are starting conversations with strangers yourself.
That’s just an example of how you can break down your goal to make it more manageable, and thus more successful.
You also want to set realistic deadlines as you break your goal down into more manageable milestones.
Start a side hustle by the end of the month, get your first sale within 2 months and by 6 months aim to make x amount. Giving yourself a timeframe as to when you want to achieve certain things towards your big goal will help you understand what you need to focus on and how much effort you need to apply.
We don’t like to overwork ourselves, that’s how you get burnout. But we also don’t want to slack because we think we’re doing enough, when we’re not.
Step 4: Your daily task
The last and final step to goal setting for the next year is creating a task goal or a few. Task goals are actionable steps towards the right direction. I talked a lot about this in a previous post on how task goals are the secret weapon to achieving what you set out to do.
The idea is to find a task that is simple enough to do daily or regularly and it will help you improve yourself with regards to whatever you are trying to achieve.
So if you’re trying to get more confident in social interactions, then make yourself uncomfortable from a social interaction everyday. You’ll desensitise yourself eventually to it, and thus improve.
If you want to make more money, then a simple task goal would be to make a point to have a conversation with someone that’s making more than you. Just by talking to people that have already achieved what you want will teach you many things you have never thought of.
The task goals themselves are directly correlated to your “big” goal, but it’s a small enough goal you can do everyday or on a regular basis and it’ll help you move in the right direction.
To summarise it all for you
- Make sure your goal isn’t vague. It needs to be clearly understood and it needs to be measurable for it to be effective.
- You need to know how far off you are from your goal. You’ll find it extremely hard to succeed without knowing where you are starting from.
- If you goal is rather big then you need to break it down to smaller manageable “mini” goals.
- Your mini goals need to be given timeframes so you can effective measure progress.
- You need to define daily task goals that will help you improve yourself, in such a way that achieving your goal will become an eventual fact.
Other resources you should check out
- Find your purpose in life to help you set the right goals in life
- Find out how task goals can change your life for the better
- Is perfectionism ruining your chances for success without knowing it?
- Tips and tricks to make your To-do list more efficient
- Passion is the most overrated aspect to success. This is the real deciding factor to your success.