Shape Your Future by Learning How to Set Your Goals and Achieve them
We’re pretty much so caught up in a world full of madness. Over –communicated and over-stimulated. Work, home, family. The study, relationships, and the continuous insidious call of social media that eats into our lives more than we realize.
Is it a wonder then – that the concept of a quiet time where one can be with oneself to pause, reflect, unwind, and have a sense of awareness of what is going on in life. And to plan ahead for a life that could make the difference to our sense of self – is virtually non-existent?
Life-coaches charge fancy amounts for what now seems to be catching on – the phenomenon of setting personal development goals and identifying ways to set and achieve life goals.
We’ve put together a simplified a goal-planning system which can be broken up into the following three parts and detailed each below:-
- How to choose your life goals
- How to get there
- How to keep track of all your goals and actions and your progress
How to choose life goals
Some of us may know what our life goals are. Some of us may realize those with a bit of quiet contemplation. Some may be fairly clueless as they have never figured out what their dream is, or what they’d like to accomplish. For them, here are a few suggestions:
- Take out some time for quiet contemplation.
- Think about what’s important to you.
- Think about what you’d like people to say about you when you die.
- Brainstorm — make a list of all the things you’d like to do in life, things that sound fun and exciting and wonderful, and then choose the best of the list.
- You don’t have to come up with your life goals right now. You could just think of something you’d like to achieve over the next 6 months to a year, and continue to explore different things until you find your dream.
How to get there
If you know your goals, the next question is how to get there. A simple method that’s used often is called backward planning. Here’s how it works:
- Have a clearly defined goal with a clearly defined outcome — you should be able to visualize what it looks like when you’ve accomplished the outcome. Try and be as specific as possible. Quantify it. Put dates to it.
- What is the last thing you’ll need to do to achieve that outcome? If your goal is to publish a book, for example, the last thing you’ll need to do (before the publisher does the layout and design, printing, marketing, etc.) is to edit and submit the final draft. Right?
- What is the thing you’ll need to do just prior to that final step? If we stick to the book example, you might want to get an outside editor to review your draft and give your criticisms and suggestions and edits.
- What is the thing you’ll need to do before that previous step? Keep working backward – step by step, milestone by milestone until you get to the first step. The first step is what you need to focus on in order to begin. You would need to think of ideas and plots or topics for your book as your first step.
If you follow this plan, you’ll have a step-by-step guide to achieving your goal. Now you just need a way to keep track of your goals and your progress towards them
How to track and achieve your goals
Track your goals, broken down by into time periods (1 year, 5 years, 10 years, etc). with specific goals defined against each time period. You can further simplify this by choosing one to accomplish within the next 12 months.
Or even choose a sub-goal of one of your life goals to accomplish in 12 months. And only choose ONE goal.
The key is to maintain focus on your one goal and to put all your energy into achieving it. Don’t forget it, don’t be distracted from it. Maintain your focus, and you’ll achieve it.