Clever Goal Setting – Reach for the Stars
How are you getting on with goal setting for 2020? I have found it easier to think about my short term goals as my focus tends to be on things that have been on my radar for a while. What has helped me however is to write down what I need to do, and the key tasks I need to action, in order to achieve my specific goal. People with written down goals are much more likely to achieve them. Also, if you share your goals with a friend, someone close to you, you are more likely to stick to them.
Writing down your goals gives you a plan of action and a direction – a path to follow. It helps you to focus on what is important to you and not to get too distracted with other ideas. We can easily get swamped by other people’s opinions, suggestions and advice.
We need to reach for the stars
You will get a boost by seeing progression, by achieving your milestones and goals. By ticking off the actions on a weekly, or even daily basis. By writing down your goals, by making this commitment to yourself you are making the most of your potential. You are also growing and developing and living life the way you want to rather than following the old familiar path. It is ok to follow comfortable and safe methods, but sometimes we need to stretch ourselves, we need to reach for the stars, rather than just settle for what we are used to.
Make goals you are passionate about
So, make sure you set your goals on the things you are passionate about. Think about what is a big goal for you, a life changer goal. And don’t forget the smaller goals that may not be as life changing but will certainly help you to move on and achieve the things that have been hovering in the background for a while, things you want to change.
Here are a few simple tips for you – I hope you find them helpful:
- Once you have agreed on your goals and written them down, look at them at least once during the day to help you to keep on track.
- Make lists of key tasks and break them down into monthly, weekly and daily tasks
- Focus on one task at a time – don’t chop and change what you do continually. For example, when you are in the middle of a task, put your phone on silent, leave your emails and go back to deal with things like that all in one go.
- Follow the 80/20 rule and learn to postpone the 80% (less important tasks) and focus on the 20% (the tasks that have an 80% success rate)
- Keep on top of your goals and make sure you stick to them until have you actioned and achieved them
- Most importantly review, review, review. At the end of the day look at what you have done and make a plan for the ncxt day. Review your goals, your lists, and your action points.
Short Term Goals
I’m not sure about you, but I find the short term goals much easier to write down. And these short term goals really do help to make my life better. Some of my short term goals for 2020 are:
- Holidays booked and in the calendar for 2020
- Fitness & Health routine established
- Finishing the Patio area at Bowerland
But I must admit, I have found it harder to delve deeply into what I really want for my long term goals. Perhaps something I need to focus on in the coming weeks?
Attitude is our Window to the World
And don’t forget – we have total control over our own attitude in life. Our attitude is our window to the world around us. Make sure the attitude you choose, and the programme you set for yourself, determines your success.
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