Here’s another post provided by James. In this one, he a gives a number of helpful tips anyone can use to set (and follow-through) with their goals.
A great goal is realistic, time based, quantified and positive. Goals provide direction for the things that you wish to accomplish. Goals help you to create reality from your dreams. How do you get real with your goals?
#1. Have a Dream
Personal goals begin with dreams. You want to have the largest stamp collection in the world. You want to be a freelance artist and spend your days drawing. You want to see the world with your family. Take a moment to dream of your ideal situation.
#2. Brainstorm: 100 Directions
Write down 100 directions that you could take with your dreams. Do you want to be financially independent? What do you want to do? When you are finished writing these goals, choose one long-term (six months or more), one medium-term (three to six months) goal and one long-term goal to pursue.
#3. Make Your Goals Personal
These goals are yours. They are not those of your spouse, parents or teachers. Only you can judgment about whether to pursue these goals. You are the one who will decide to take the first step.
#4. Write About the Goals That You’ve Chosen
Write a couple of paragraphs about what successful completion of these three goals would look like. Writing about them makes the goal more real to you and represents your personal energy. What are you going to do once you have achieved financial freedom? Describe the outfit you will wear when you lose twenty pounds.
#5. Quantify Your Goals, Be Positive
Express your goals in terms of numbers and make them positive. I will write one book. I will weigh X pounds. Write your goals down in positive and measurable terms. Try to stay away from vague sentences like, ‘I will be a better person.’ Ask yourself what a ‘better’ person looks like and what skills they need to possess, then write your goals down in terms of those qualities.
#6. Time Based
Once you have quantified your goals, give yourself a deadline for their completion. Be realistic in your deadlines. You know that you are not going to be able to lose twenty pounds in a day, but two months might be more feasible. If a goal is too hard, you might give up. If a goal is too easy, you will be left asking yourself, ‘what’s next?’
#7. Establish Milestones for Medium and Long Term Goals
Break your goal down into its component parts. If you are planning to have a thousand dollars in your savings account within a year, that means that you are going to have five hundred dollars within six months. Make these mini goals so they match the time frame of your shortest goal. You are then able to more easily pursue them simultaneously.
#8. Visualize Your Goals
Envision your goals on a daily basis. This provides a positive affirmation and impetus for you to complete the goal that you have. The visualization will add strength and bring that goal closer.
#9. Be Positive
You will complete your goals if you have a positive attitude. When you phrase your goal, do not use the words ‘if’ or ‘try.’ Proudly devote daily time to each of the goals that you wish to achieve.
#10. Decide Your Tactics
Tactics are the steps that you will use to achieve your goals. With three goals, there are fewer things on which to focus. Break your goals down into small, achievable daily steps. Where the goal itself answers the question, ‘what am I going to do?’ the tactic answers the question, ‘How am I going to do it?’ You may need to brainstorm again to develop your tactics. All of your goals are within your reach. If you stay positive and devote attention to them, your dreams can come true.
Steve’s Note: James Adams is a productivity and a “Getting Things Done” freak who works at an online print cartridge specialist store. He writes reviews of products like 364XL ink and occasionally manages to indulge in writing a post about design or technology for their blog.
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