As you work towards making your goals a reality, there are a different resources out there that can help you along the way. The first are any one of the great apps that are available today to help you set goals and accomplish them. What makes apps so useful is that they’re always just a click away on your smartphone. That means that you can use them at any time during the day. You may consider writing down your long term goals in an app, or possibly even creating a daily to do list that will take you one step closer to achieving your long term goals.
Another tool that can help you to determine what’s important to you in your life is the Wheel of Life, offered by Mind Tools. This can help you to determine what your priorities should be and how much attention you should devote to different activities. It’s important to find a balance in life, because if you spend all of your time working towards only one goal, your life may become unbalanced and you could achieve one goal while sacrificing something else important like your health or family life.
Stage of Life also offers a free goal setting worksheet. Filling it out can give you a clearer idea of just what you’d like to accomplish, and how you can set about doing it. The advice that it gives is not groundbreaking, but it is neatly compiled into one easy to follow worksheet.
Finally, Top Achievement has posted an article about how you can write powerful, effective goals in seven steps. What’s great about this article is that it focuses exclusively on how to write the best goals, without diving into any of the other areas related to achievement. If you take that advice into account, along with everything else mentioned, you’ll be well on your way to effectively setting goals and accomplishing them as well.
Five Strategies to Help You Accomplish Your Goals
If you don’t have goals you’re not going to have a something to aim for in life, and you’ll probably end up spending a significant amount of effort drifting around without making actual, measurable progress. That’s why setting goals is so important. It gives you a chance to come up with some concrete ideas about what you’d like to accomplish, and then start working on making forward progress. However, while goal setting seems like a fairly straightforward process, there are actually a couple of simple things that you should keep in mind as you create your own list of things that you’d like to accomplish.
1. Write Down Your Goals
Coming up with a mental idea of the goals that you’d like to accomplish is the first step, but the crucial second step is actually taking out a pen, a piece of paper, and putting the goals down into writing. This has several benefits. First off, if you don’t write goals down, you may begin to shift your thinking. What started out at the beginning of the year as accomplish, A, B, and C, may end up turning into an idea of just accomplishing A, and B. If you have your goals written down you won’t be able to change your goals, they’re on paper and concrete.
Another advantage of writing down your goals is that you can put them somewhere obvious, where you’re going to see them on a daily basis. This reminder can serve as valuable motivation to keep working towards what you’d like to accomplish. Finally, the physical act of actually writing down your goals can make them feel more real and attainable, which is helpful especially if you you’d like to accomplish more than you believe yourself capable of
2. Create Measurable Milestones
If you can’t concretely measure your goals then it’s almost impossible to know when you’ve accomplished them. For example, let’s say that your goal is to write a book. Well is that goal accomplished as soon as you’ve finished the first draft, or not until it’s been printed and you can actually hold it in your hand? Define what success is and you’ll know exactly whether you’ve achieved your goal or not. Another step here is that you can break down goals into quarterly or monthly periods, so that you have smaller goals to work towards versus one big one.
3. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
If a goal doesn’t make you feel comfortable then it’s not big enough. The best goals are those that are one step above what you think you’re capable of. They’re not planetary, like becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL, but they are difficult, like completing a marathon or learning how to code. If you look at a goal and you think it will be easy to accomplish, it’s not big enough. If you think that it’s physically impossible to accomplish now matter how hard you work, then you need to dial it back.
4. Look Over Them Frequently
Goals are not set it and forget it material, you should be continually reminding yourself of them. In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill asks readers to write down their goals and review them every single morning until accomplished. You may want to take a less ambitious approach, but you should have a regular plan for reviewing your goals and measuring your progress with accomplishing them.
5. Keep Your Goals to Yourself
In a 2010, the serial entrepreneur Derek Sivers gave a TED Talk in which he talked about why he believes that people shouldn’t talk to others about their goals. One of the reasons that you might not want to share your goals with other people is that your brain has a difficult time distinguishing between words and reality. It can be easy to frequently talk about your goals, and trick your brain into thinking that you’re actually accomplishing them. Instead of doing that, keep them to yourself, take action towards accomplishing them, and share the results with people once you’ve met with success.