I’ve always known where I wanted to go in life. I’ve never let anything deter me. This is my purpose. It will unfold.
~ Tiger Woods
I think everyone has heard of goal setting. There are many different styles and definitions. I’m going to share with you the most effective method I have found to follow through on your goals to successful completion. Once you have your purpose and vision, you need to set goals that align with both of these. Goals are simply smaller steps on the path to achieving your vision. Look at your vision, and set goals for each of the areas on your ‘wheel of life’. Break down your five year goals into smaller achievable steps – yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly. These become manageable chunks that are easy to succeed at. Each of your goals should follow the SMART system of goal setting.
Specific – Make your goals as detailed as possible.
Measurable – Clear attainable outcomes so you will know when you have achieved a goal.
As if now – Write goals in the present tense, so they are not always in the future (unattainable).
Realistic – Make sure your goals are attainable, so you do not get disheartened or fall short.
Timed – Create a date, so you have a clear timeframe to work towards.
e.g. “It is June 30, I weigh 75kgs and am a healthy size 12. I am walking every day, enjoying a range of fresh, raw foods, and I look and feel amazing. “
Now that you have clear goals, work backwards to create small, attainable steps to make them a reality, which will help to avoid overwhelm. You can then make a list or a chart to tick off each of these small steps as you achieve them then move onto the next step. You’ll be amazed at what you can create for yourself, achieving more than you ever dreamed possible! Make sure you reward yourself along the way. This will make changing your life more enjoyable, and something you want to continue doing. It can be something as small as a bubble bath, new clothes, or dinner at your favourite restaurant, up to larger items such as a weekend away, or tickets to a show or event. Save the large rewards for when you have achieved several goals, or completed your steps for the quarter. Review these goals every month, to keep you on track, show how far you have come already, and make adjustments as your desires change throughout the year. These goals are not set in stone, they are a starting point to take steps in the right direction.
Remember, the most important part is to write them down, reward yourself for success, and review them regularly to make sure you are on track and you alter them as your needs change.