By / 17th February, 2014 / Articles /

Setting goals is one of those things that most people try to avoid, often because they think they can’t achieve them or they don’t really know where to start.

Think of goal setting as a road map. You wouldn’t get in your car and drive to the other side of the country without having a clear plan on how to get there.

Goal setting is your success plan: it gets you from A to B and helps you to stay on track instead of making too many ‘D’tours.

Here are some simple tips to make goal setting a success:

Divide your goals into short, medium and long term goals.

Then order them into appropriate timeframes
* 6 month
* 12 month
* 3-5 years
* 10-12 years

Make sure the timeframe you place your goal in is realistic, otherwise you might get frustrated when things don’t happen fast enough.

Be patient and take your time.

Follow the SMARTER principles. They have been around for a while and the reason is simple: they work.

S specific
* be clear on what it is you want.

M measurable
* choose a goal with measurable targets so you can
track your progress and know when you have achieved

A achievable
* set yourself up for a win rather then a failure. Little steps are often better than big ones. If you can’t see yourself achieving this goal you need to firstly work on eliminating your limiting beliefs around it.

R responsible
* consider others around you and how your goal might effect them.

T time
* when putting a timeline together you need to make it realistic. If you think a particular goal could take three months to achieve, allow yourself that time rather than trying to achieve it in three weeks.

E empower
* strengthen your self-belief with affirmations and by eliminating limiting beliefs.

R review
* create a vision board and write out goal cards.

When setting a goal, ask yourself:
* can I see myself doing this?
* can I imagine what it feels like achieving this?
* can I hear what people are saying about me having
achieved this goal?

The clearer you are on the details of your goal the better.

Make sure you break your goals down into small bitesized pieces, one step at a time.

Also, involve other people. You don’t have to achieve your goals by yourself. Ask your friends and family for support and help. Catching up with someone regularly and talking about what you have done so far and what your next steps are is a great motivator. This will encourage others to set goals as well.

And now comes the most important part:

Remember to celebrate with every goal achieved. You have to acknowledge yourself for what you have done.

Too many people skip this part and brush it down the table by saying things like:

* “Oh it wasn’t that much of a big deal”
* “Anyone could have done that”
* “I really didn’t do anything out of the ordinary”

Make sure you tell your friends if they ever hear you
say that, they have your permission to kick you!!!!!!!!

Goal setting is fun, easy and rewarding. It’s your roadmap to the life you’ve always wanted to live, so make it a priority.

No more excuses.

Have fun!

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