For a huge percentage of people, talking about what they want and actually setting realistic, achievable goals in place that get them what they want are two entirely different things. Indeed, many of us dream about what we could have if only, or what we would want for our future if not for…
The truth is, however, there are some straightforward tips and techniques that you can put in place that will help you to set manageable goals and stay committed to your goals, increasing your chances of ultimately achieving what you want.
1. Define Your Goals
The first step in goal setting is defining your goals, which means getting into the trenches of your mind and thinking about what you really want from your life and what things you value most. During this stage of the process, don’t worry about dreaming too big – what do you want in life? Writing down some of the things you’re passionate about or that bring you joy can help during this phase.
Once you have done some brainstorming about potential goals of yours, you should reflect on these goals to determine which ones are realistic. This will require some self-actualization and self-reflection about your potential and what you’re really capable of.
2. Get Specific
Now that you have set some goals for yourself, you need to get specific. Your goal shouldn’t be simply to “Be healthier,” or “Be a millionaire.” Instead, you should set goals like: Exercise for 30 minutes at least three times a week, have a salad once a day, meditate for two minutes four times a week, etc. or save 20 percent of my paycheck, pick up at least one overtime shift per holiday, meet with an investment professional by a certain date, etc.
The more specific your goals are, the more you will be able to measure them. If you have general goals, they can feel very difficult to obtain, and may have arbitrary aspects (i.e. What does it mean to “be healthier,” really?).
3. Develop an Action Plan
Finally, develop an action plan that starts nice and small and is aimed at achieving a number of short-term goals that will ultimately lead up to reaching your long-term goal. For example, as demonstrated above, if your goal is to be healthier or lose weight, you should set some smaller daily and weekly goals, and develop a plan of action. For example, if your goal is to exercise five days per week for at least 30 minutes a day, part of the action plan may be to sign up at a gym, buy workout gear, or enlist a workout buddy.
4. Your Goals ARE Achievable
Goals can feel elusive, but by setting realistic goals and learning how to identify how to get what you want, your goals are achievable. Life coach Nadia Khalil can help you to set reachable goals, and develop strategies for getting what you want from your life. Contact Nadia today to learn more.