People love to set goals. It gives them a clear understanding of where they need to get to, and what they want to achieve. The struggle unfortunately is how. The where and the why are easy for most people; intention is powerful. They know what they want, they understand they have to work hard to get there, but most don’t have an effective way of achieving their goals. They try and stumble and try again.

Without proper direction, it can seem like an almost impossible task but here is a goal setting plan that can help you achieve success.

Focus on Major Goals
The first hurdle is taking on too much. Think big, but think specifically. Focus on one or two major goals, and only on them. Have the desired outcome firmly in perspective, know what exactly it is that you want to achieve. If for example, weight loss is your goal, think of the specific number you want to get to. Give yourself a realistic time limit, 6 months to one year. That is your first goal to focus on.

Set Monthly Sub Goals
Within that six to twelve months set monthly sub goals. Continuing with the example of weight loss, break the total amount of weight you want to lose into smaller chunks, divide the total number between six or twelve, however long you have decided is the appropriate amount of time to realistically achieve your goal. That is your new goal, each month.

Create Weekly, Mini Goals
Create weekly, mini goals that support your major goal. The amount of weight you want to lose in a month, divide by four; that is now your new weekly target. Don’t get disheartened if you don’t achieve these weekly goals, understand that it is a process, and that within the six or twelve months, you will notice the difference. Expect obstacles and rough patches. But persevere.

Write It Down
Your weekly planning will help you through these difficult times. Be organised, keep a journal or notebook for writing down all the things that pertain to your goals. Pay attention to what works, and what doesn’t work. Tweak or adjust your methods if you feel that you are not achieving anything. For example, keep a record of your diet and any exercise that you do, week to week. If you feel that it is not working, or you aren’t noticing any results or changes to your body, consult your journal. Change your diet, or increase or decrease the amount of exercise that you do. Keep writing down, every week, what you do.

Daily Planning
Stick to your daily planning as vigorously as your weekly planning. Set small goals for yourself, each day. For example, today I will take a walk, or today I will eat 3 serves of fruit. Be specific. Getting into the habit of creating daily goals is good discipline and will help you on your way to achieving your major goal.

Effective goal-setting is not as difficult or intimidating as you might think. Be clear with your intentions; break up your big goal into smaller, more manageable goals. Work hard every day and be vigilant. Strive to achieve your daily and weekly targets, and you will be well on your way to success.