Setting goals is imperative and difficult at the same time. However, following through on these goals is the real challenge. The above quote is so incredibly correct. Before you can reach your final goal, you inevitably will need to get your priorities in order. Change your basic priorities. Rearrange your priorities and your life in general. Actually, there is rarely any other way to go about consideration of priorities without some major change.
In March 2013, Forbes recommended the following steps that most likely will help with goal setting:
1. LOOK AT IT!
For visual learners (like myself…for sure!), a goal that you actually see is immensely important. The author suggested making a “vision board” for your personal motivation. Purchase a simple poster board and cut out pictures and articles that are related to your goal. Goals that might be displayed are organizing your home, an advanced degree, weight loss, preparing more healthy meals, taking a special vacation, or receiving a much better salary. Display the board for you to see every, single day.
2. TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT!
By announcing your goal and your need to rearrange your priorities, you are attaching a verbal message to your future change. As you move closer to your goal, your friends will hopefully offer congratulations and support. No matter what your friends say or don’t say, you have told the immediate world what you plan to do. You took a chance and put yourself in a vulnerable position. You certainly don’t want to be caught moving back from your goals!
3. BREAK YOUR GOALS INTO SMALL PARTS!Rearrange your goals into shorter, smaller sections. Don’t say…”I’m going to lose at least 50 pounds in two months!” or you might be set up for real and instant disappointment. Instead say “I’m planning to lose at least ????? pounds this month” and you fill in the appropriate and reasonable amount. Celebrate even the smallest accomplishment. Share your celebration! Make your goals possible and feasible.
4. SET A DATE TO TOTALLY BE ON THE WAY TO COMPLETING YOUR GOAL!
Again, make a visible announcement to yourself. Put your final goal date on a calendar. Announce your date to your immediate world. Make it reasonable…just like in #3. It is best to have an exact date to be thinking about. Such as…”My class reunion is in May! Help”… my class reunion IS in May. I better put the calendar up immediately!
Remember…my class reunion is in May!
I am telling the immediate world NOW!
I need to wear a size 8! Oh! I forgot! I
need to make a reasonable, sensible goal!