Goal setting is key to success
The practice of goal setting is not only away to help you reach your goals and therefore helping you achieve happiness, but also goal setting is the key to success. You don’t need a complex plan with hundreds of goals, instead prioritise your goals and keep it simple. When setting myself goals i use the SMART method.
Specific – Your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can muster.
Bad: Lose weight
Good: Lose 2 lbs a week
Measurable – Well you can’t manage what you can’t measure!
Bad: Get slimmer
Good: Lose 4 inches off my waist
Achievable/Actionable – Your goal must be achievable otherwise why do it right? Also it must start with a verb (e.g. run, quit, lose, finish)
Bad: Be more active
Good: Run 3x a week
Realistic – This is an important one, your goal should challenge you. Common sense is needed here, as you need to go to the edge of your comfort zone and take one step beyond it.
Bad: Finish 1st in a marathon
Good: Complete a marathon without stopping
Time frame – Every goal needs a date for it to be accomplished. A GOAL WITHOUT A DATE IS JUST A DREAM.
Bad: Get slimmer
Good: Lose 4 inches off my waist within 6 weeks
Write your goals on paper
Writing your goals on paper is putting your thoughts into action. Just by the simple act of putting pen/pencil to paper you are stating your intention and setting things into motion.
Review your goals frequently
Reviewing your goals frequently will help yourself realise how far you have come and help to realise what is your next step in achieving your goal. There is no specific time you should review your goals, you could do this daily, weekly or monthly. Just make sure you don’t leave it too long and lose track of what you want to achieve.
I hope this post helps you understand the importance of setting goals and achieving them.
I welcome any feedback on how this helped you