Setting goals isn't hard, most people struggle with meeting their goals
Many of us already set goals, but it's time to figure out how to set goals and achieve them for the year, month or day. I can't think of a single person who wants to look back on their life a year from now and be in the same place they are today. This is why I believe in the importance of not only learning how to set goals, but also investing some time in making sure than you achieve them!
Each year on January 1st I have a sit down with myself and write down the things I really want to do that year. It could be anything. Go scuba diving, eat caviar, win a boxing competition, chase a kangaroo across the outback, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am working towards something. The reality is, more often than not, I do not meet the goal completely, or choose to take a different direction than I originally intended.
I do however, always try to end up somewhere different and better than where I started.
I believe that having clearly defined goals is an understated necessity for a productive life. We really can do anything by defining exactly what it is that we want to do. The key is definition.
“I want to get better at soccer” is not a clearly defined goal.
” I want to score 1 goal in every game I play this year” is a clearly defined goal…see the difference?
When we have clearly defined goals we can break our goals down into small steps to ensure that we achieve them. If one of your goals is to earn a brown belt in tae kwon do, set out a timeline for precisely how you are going to do so. Break your goal down into 12 steps and focus on accomplishing 1 step every month. Break each of those steps down into 4 and focus on accomplishing 1 step every week. Reducing your goals down into manageable bite-size pieces will ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed by a massive task.
When I wanted to become a pilot, I set my goal as “get my pilot license”. There was a very slim chance that I would have ever actually earned my pilot license had I not taken that goal and broken it down into small steps.
By January 31, Complete my aviation medical and register for ground school.
By February 29, Take intro flight and read up to chapter 3 in ground school text.
This IS how to set goals and achieve them....make them small, bite sized and manageable. We are more likely to achieve a small, manageable goal than a large, poorly defined one. I recommend looking at all of your goals halfway through the year and ensure that you are on pace to complete them. If not, just keep breaking your goals down into smaller steps until you can manage.