Everyone has goals. Whether there big or small, everyone has them. There s a huge gap between having goals and accomplishing them.
According to a study done on Harvard MBA students, within ten year’s time, the students who had written down their goals were making ten times as much as their classmates who hadn’t written them down.
The act of writing down your goals plays an important part in closing the gap between having and achieving them.
How to write down your goals effectively and accomplish them:
1. Define your goals and be specific.
It is important to take stock of what you want and be as specific as you can. Often times we focus on not having enough money, when it’s not about the money, but the life style those with money have.
Figuring out this life style may be harder than you might suspect. Generally, we become involved with our every day lives and forget about our actual dreams. A great many people are guided by their circumstances.
Be that as it may, there are individuals who shape their lives according to their goals. Who do you believe is more content: the person who is characterized by their circumstances or the person who creates their own circumstances? It’s important to know where you are and where you want to be.
Odds are, you’re in the first group. However, the good news is that in case you’re reading this article, you most likely want to create your own. To do this, you need to know your current circumstance. That implies setting aside some time to take a seat and reflect.
Sit down, consider your current situation, and write down what you observe.
If you need some help with this, consider answering these questions:
- Where are you now?
- Where do you want to be?
- What do you have to do to get there?
“It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
2. What is your big picture?
Your big picture is everything that you have ever dreamed of. It is the answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
At this juncture it is not important to worry the about details or how you will accomplish them. Simply envision where you want to be within the next year, there years, or even five years from now. Think about your long-term goals and write them down.
Allow yourself to dream and to think about what it is you truly want. Whether it’s a personal or professional goal, just let your heart speak. Whatever it is, no matter how far from your current circumstances it may be, write it down.
3. When setting goals, try to put things in a positive way.
Now that you understand what your big picture is and have it written down, evaluate it and rewrite anything negative. Negative goal setting implies that you’re doing something wrong. It’s like chastising yourself for not improving.
Below are 3 examples of how to do this:
- Don’t say: Stop falling for jerks. Instead say: Find a successful, loving, supportive partner.
- Don’t say: Stop procrastinating. Instead say: Perform my duties in a timely fashion.
- Don’t say: Quit my dead-end job. Instead say: Find a job that matches my skill set, my passions and my financial goals.
Putting a positive spin on your language can make you feel enthusiastic and excited about achieving your goals. This attitude will help you overcome any hurdle, giving you the determination to reach your future destination.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
Whatever your objectives are, studies demonstrate that writing them can significantly affect their result. Defining precisely what it is that you want, setting up the path to that destination and saying it all positively are effective steps to understanding your dreams.
4. Create 3 month goals and a daily schedule.
Now lets fill in the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be. What is the first step? Most people make this one harder than it should be. If you typed your city name and Walmart in google maps then it would give you the exact route to your destination. The first step here was to figure out how to get there.
Next you want to get your keys and go. These are the action steps needed to accomplish your goals.If you want to run a marathon, get yourself a personal trainer or join a gym.
With that example you would take a look at; what you want to accomplish in ninety days and what times during the day do you have to work on it? Create a daily schedule and stick with it.
If you want a promotion at you current job, think about your qualifications. Do you need courses in order to be considered for position? If you already qualify, start sending out your resume. What other steps are there between you and your goal? Map them out, step by step.
The important thing is to take appropriate risk that keep you in the game even when you fail.
Check out Seth Godin on Failing Until You Succeed
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