Are you drifting and living day by day or hustling hard at what you do…
But don’t know where you’re going?
As my friend, Mark would say, “I’m just going with the flow”…
The reason you may feel this way is that there is no clarity.
What do I mean?
Basically, you need to set personal actionable goals.
Deciding to strive and become committed to your goals can actually change your life and help you take complete charge of everything that happens to you.
Setting personal goals is something that took me awhile to understand and finally made it a habit to add to my personal life.
The goal setting theory states that your mind will establish specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted ideas or SMART goal settings.
Goals support your success and keep your focus. Setting short and long-term goals are common practice among some of the most successful people.
To help you get started with your set goals, here’s a list of my goal setting tips and hopefully inspire you to take action:
One: Decide What it is That You Really Want
Deciding exactly what you want is always the first step.
But what if you don’t know what you want?
Ask yourself, is there something you need or want to show up in your life?
These thoughts can be setting financial goals, setting career goals, setting business goals, relationship goals, health goals or any desire that you feel right for yourself.
Being able to really pinpoint a goal you need clarity and going after something that you really want, you must stay positive.
What is clarity? In short, clarity is to be certain and clear that you know you will achieve your goal. You just know.
If you need more tips to deciding, here are my 7 mindset hacks to chase your goals.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” -Albert Einstein
Two: Getting Use To Writing and Why You Should Start Now
One of the most things people don’t realize is that when you set your goals, and you get all excited about, you’re ready to take action, but then a couple of days later you forget about it or procrastinate because you doing know where to start and end up giving up.
Write your goals down!
Write down what you want and list the steps how you’re going to achieve it.
This is something that I continue to do on the daily. Keep a small notepad with you and look at it often, daily, day and night.
When you write down your goals of that end result, your emotions open up and that feeling is what connects you to your goals. Stay focused!
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” -Bruce Lee
Three: How to Set A Deadline
Most people will tell you to set a deadline; however, my deadlines aren’t always exact.
I would look at my calendar and decide on a day but its usually a day off, a week off, or even a month.
Things can show up and hold you back from getting to the day you set as a deadline, and this is okay, just know that you will reach it and feel that feeling of how bad you want it.
As long as you stay focused, there is no choice but to reach it. It doesn’t matter if your deadline isn’t right where you set it.
Four: Increase Productivity by Breaking it Down
A lot of people seem to give up on goals because they don’t know where to begin.
Days pass, weeks pass, and the goal fades into another dream.
This is why people procrastinate; you don’t know where to start.
Here is the solution, as you write down your goal, add steps to the goal randomly on your notepad.
Go back and list them from 1 to 10 or whichever way helps you determine which steps to take first.
Another way is to break those steps into even smaller steps. That way you can have an even more clear way to check off your list.
Stay persistence and don’t start on the next step until you are finished with the first.
Five: How to Stay Motivated and Get To Your End Result
With this hectic world and laziness environment, we surround ourselves.
It’s easy to get caught up and forget about your goals or even drop the whole idea.
To get through this, set apart away from work and sit somewhere quiet and visualize the end result. Notice I mention “end result” throughout this article.
Try this; imagine your goal when you’ve reached it.
How does it look? How does it feel?
Now, hold that feeling for a couple of seconds or minutes.
Feels great right?
It is very inspiring knowing that you can actually see within your mind of the goal reached.
It is proven what you see within your mind, you can achieve. Believe that is true and keep focusing on the end result.
I know it may sound weird and you may not be aware of it but when you’re caught up with all these busyness around you, you forget to appreciate your desire or your goal.
You try to figure out how to get it done, your mind gets caught up with so much “How” that it hard for you to get to your goal.
There are more details on this and I’ll write that in another article but just focus on your end results and all the steps will come to you.
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint, and begin to build.” -Robert Collier
Six: Learn How to Take a Break and Relax
You’re in the zone and want to keep going but your body is tired.
Even though you’re doing well on your list and getting closer to your goal, its ok to take a break.
Give your mind and body some time off. A day or two is fine. This will allow your body re-energized for the next steps ahead.
Just make sure when you do, leave everything alone, worrying about what needs to be done will only stress you out.
Relax, enjoy the moment of the now.
Work smarter not harder.
And Seven: What Should You Do If You Fail and Hit Rock Bottom
This is one that most that everyone fears.
To try to attempt a goal but fear they will fail or end up failing after reaching the goal.
Fear actually prevent people from going after what they want. They only want to be in the safe zone and say they rather be safe than sorry.
Or, after failing the goal they give up too easily because they fear they will fail again.
The truth is, you don’t know if you will fail; only you know if you will succeed.
If you feel that it is something you really want, try it until you succeed or at least to find out if it was for you in the first place.
Stop making excuses for yourself.
Become aware of your thoughts and the excuses you say. Not a lot of people are aware of this, but listen to yourself when you are questioned about your goals.
Those excuses you make are habits, it comes out and you don’t realize that you thought of it. Aware or not, you are the one who creates excuses.
Start becoming aware of your thoughts. There should be no excuses for setting personal goals and achieving them.
It is about experiences, not the doubts, worries, or being “safe”. Take the risk and try new things.
If you have been doing the same thing all of your life and too comfortable to change, It’s not too late, the only time is the present time. Everyone fails; failing is a part of the process.
Keep failing, the best feeling is to emerge out of that and come back 10 times stronger.
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I didn’t realize this article came out to be 1,500 plus words. I only planned a 500-word article. I guess I have a lot to say about personal goal settings. 🙂
Well, I hope you enjoy this article and possibly inspire you to take action on your goals to that end result.
What do you think?
Anyway, I would love to hear your feedback and personal goals.
Did this article help you with setting personal goals? Do you have any go tips to add? What drives you to your goals? Do you agree or disagree about failing? Comment below! Let me know.