Goal setting is what separates the successful and unsuccessful.
A successful person will be very conscious of their goals and make sure to constantly work towards them.
I'm constantly setting new goals for myself, it is the only way to keep progressing in life.
If you don't set your own goals, people will box you into their concept of what they think success is...and let me tell you, it's not what you want.
So how do you go about setting goals?
The first thing you need to do is figure out what your values are. These are the things that matter most to you in life, they will be the foundation on which every future goal of yours is built upon.
Things like health and happiness should come first.
If you are not healthy then what point is there in anything else?
You don't want to be rich if that means your teeth are falling out of your head. And likewise, you can never be truly happy if you are not healthy.
After health comes family and relationships, along with happiness these things will make up the bulk of your life which you cannot be successful if they are not prioritized.
and lastly comes money and materialistic things such as property, cars and technology. but don't make them your priority or you will end up like a corporate man...working to the top of his lungs for nothing in return other than overpriced trinkets.
If you have a healthy family and meaningful relationships then these other things will automatically come into your life too.
Materialistic things are not necessary to live a happy successful life, they just make it more fun.
So now that you have established your values let's move onto the next step which is goal setting.
I prefer SMART goals.
These are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
This means they need to be clearly defined...you need to know exactly what it is you want, how much you want it and by when you want it.
Let's look at an example. Let's say I wanted a new phone.
Now this is not a smart goal if I just say I want a new phone. Because I don't know how much money I want to spend on it or when I need it.
However if I say: I want to save $1000 in the next 30 days for a new phone, but only while still paying off my current phone bill.
Now this is a smart goal because I have specified the purpose, how much money and by when.
If you are still happy with your phone after 30 days then fine...you don't need it.
The next part of setting goals is to break them down into sub-tasks.
This means that if you want to save $1000 for a new phone, you need to set out the tasks that it will take to achieve this.
You need to find an extra $100 per week in your budget somewhere so that you
can put that towards the savings.
You also need to reduce your spending on things like alcohol and cigarettes by $50 per week so that you have some extra money in the budget.
After doing this for 30 days you will have saved enough money to buy your phone with confidence because you know it is within your reach.
and lastly, when setting goals and sub tasks i like to use a chart so that i can visually see my progress over time.
This way I am less likely to give up on them because it is like putting money in my own piggy bank rather than just some random numbers on a piece of paper.
So now you know how to set smart goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
So to summarize...
Write out your values so that everything you do in life is centered around them.
Write out smart goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
And finally set out actions for each goal along with a chart to track your progress over time.
So now that you know how to write down your values and goals then what? Well like I said, goals are the foundation on which every future goal is built upon. If you don't have a solid foundation then your house will fall over as soon as the first storm comes along.
So now that you know how to write down your values and goals it's time to actually start doing something with them.
Write out your 5 most important goals and do something towards them today.
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