How to write goals that work
Writing goals can be daunting. And hard. But it's actually not that hard, you just need to know how.
So you grab a piece of paper and start to write goals. But then nothing comes out of the brain! And if anything comes out it's not really promising either. Bummer right? I know. No one ever taught me how to write goals too. Probably no one ever told you too. In this post I'll give you tactics to write the best goals ever. Since I wrote the guide to planning a rock solid year, this post will be about goal setting in a personal (life / year / multi-year) plan. But these simple rules - I like to keep stuff simple - can be applied to any goal you ever write. The basics of any goal is the same, in business as in life. Here are a couple of ground rules which tell how to write goals!
Less is more
When creating your goals you shouldn't forget you are writing goals for the sake of achieving them. The shear number of goals shouldn't scare you off. So when writing goals, try to limit yourself to a couple. I would say 8 would be the maximum. This depend on factors such as how big the goal actually is and what not. But the idea of writing goals is that you create overview. If you start over-complicating it for yourself goals are not fun anymore to work on! And we don't want that.
Make it SMART
Specific: use as specific wording as you possibly can. Vague goals are not that achievable!
Measurable: use numbers to quantify the goal. How far do you want to run? What savings do you want to accumulate this year? Don't just say "more", that won't cover it
Actionable: goals should actually provoke you to start achieve them! use word to affirm action. Action verb work well in this instance.
Rewarding: build in elements of reward into you achieving your goals. What's in it for you when you achieve them?
Time-bound: Use deadlines when setting goals. They force you to work towards them! Consider repetition as leverage to keep the "ball rolling"
Balance realism and ambition
I believe in stretching yourself in most aspects in life. When creating goals for coming year be sure to stay on the realistic side. It would be a shame that when you missed goals in the end of the year. What would be even worse, is that you have did a marvelous job and moved mountains but would be unhappy with the results. So to protect yourself from unfair disappointment, stay realistic
Put in milestones and rewards
It's not just about the destination, it's about the journey too. Implement milestone which could be rewarding ones too to keep yourself motivated to go for the higher goal. If you are saving €5.000, consider giving yourself the reward of €250,- in the middle to buy something nice.
When done with them be sure to reviews often. I review my goals on a weekly basis at the beginning of my week. This ensures that I start my week with the end in mind. It ensures the activities are mostly focused towards my higher goals.
Have a sweet plan around it!
A goals without a plan is just a wish, this is a really important statement, let it sink in. Sunk? OK! You have to have strong plans in order to reach your carefully crafted goals. You have to consider which actions you need to take in order to reach your goals. And if you take a step back, what is the bigger plan?
So this is the smallest guide on how to write goals I could have possibly written. So how is your goal-writing faring?
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