Continuing the theme of setting yourself up for success for the remainder of 2019 and beyond, setting goals is key.
Goals make you focus on ‘WHY’ you are doing what you’re doing. Goals create focus and direction, leading to success!
As well as creating focus and direction, goals give you a purpose, challenge you to grow and drive you to take action. Here are our top ideas for setting goals that will lead to success.
#1 Think from your goals, not of your goals
This is about having clarity and focus. When you think from your goals, you have a clear picture of what your life looks and feels like at a future point in time. You can then develop a detailed plan for exactly how you are going to make it from where you are now to where you want to be. If you don’t have that clear picture of what success looks and feels like, you are not thinking from your goals.
#2 Be creative with your goals, not constrained
Don’t let your goals be constrained by what other people think you can or cannot do. Think back to how many possibilities there were when you were a child. When you weren’t constrained in your thinking by outside influences. Re-ignite that childhood creative thinking when setting your goals.
#3 Write down your goals in black and white
Turning your goals into reality is much more likely when you write them down. Writing your goals down in black and white tells your conscious and subconscious mind that you are serious about your goals, you are committing to achieving them. It galvanises your thinking and gives them more power.
#4 Your goals should be emotional as well as logical
When your goals are emotional as well as logical, you are engaging both sides of your brain. Your goals should stretch you and engage you emotionally, as well as being practical. If we aren’t emotionally connected to our goals, we aren’t fully invested in them. We don’t truly have ‘skin in the game’.
#5 Write your goals in the present tense
One of the most common mistakes people make when setting goals is that they write them in the future tense. In our experience, goals must be written in the present tense. This links back to tip #1: Don’t think of your goals, think from your goals. Write your goals in the present tense, as if you’ve already achieved them.
#6 Make your goals C-SMART
You’ve probably had experience of the concept of SMART goals, where they should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. We believe there is an additional component and that is goals should also be Challenging. Making them CSMART adds some extra firepower to your goals and makes them transformational.
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