Date: 8th January 2012
Did you know that less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals, and of those who do less than 1 percent review and rewrite their goals on a regular basis?
This means that as soon as you start setting goals and reviewing them regularly you’ll be ahead of 99% of the population in terms of the potential to become successful.
If you want to accomplish something in life, financial independence for example, and you don’t establish clear and specific goals it’s more like day dreaming than goal setting.
Ask yourself the following four questions to discern if your goals qualify as goals or if they can be considered as day dreaming. In the examples below I use becoming rich as a goal, but these questions can be applied no matter what kind of goal you want to achieve.
When setting goals people often start with the big goals, goals that may be spanning several years into the future. To translate your big goal into a managable plan you need to break the goal down though. Let’s say your goal is to be worth $1 million within 7 years. Then what?
Breaking down your goal into smaller sub goals or objectives makes goal setting more managable, and this is an important strategy in how to set goals the right way. For example, if you want to write a book within a year the goal to ”write a book in one year” can feel massive. It’s easier to break that goal down into monthly and weekly goals, so your monthly goal might be to finish chapter one, while your daily goal might be to write one page per day. All of a sudden it feels a lot more managable.
A secret to successful goal setting is to have a clear picture of what needs to be done each and every day to move one step closer towards achieving your goal. A recurring habit among very successful people is that they know exactly what needs to be done when they get up in the morning, i.e. they plan their days ahead of time so they can get to work on the most important tasks immediately in the morning.
This article goes more into how you can successfully create a daily task list. If you want to be the captain of your soul and the master of your future read this article.
Staying focused is one of the biggest challenges related to goal setting, and if you can’t focus on doing it won’t matter how many hours you spend on planning. Here’s five easy steps that you can take to stay focused.
Writing down your goals is a great start, but to really take it to the next level and increase your chances of accomplishing your goals you should regularly review them.
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