5 Steps to Create Successful Goals
As we begin the New Year many of you may feel energized to start planning and put new goals into action. Goals are important as they bring meaning and purpose to our lives.
Often times, this desire to reach a particular goal can be exciting but also feel challenging.
The key to creating successful goals lies in how clear you are towards knowing what would you like to create and how you set and follow through the process. No matter if you are setting short or long term goals the process is still the same.
Here are 5 steps to help you create successful goals:
Set Meaningful Goals
Before you set a goal ask yourself three important questions: Why am I doing this?
Who will benefit the most from achieving this goal? and How important it is for me to achieve this goal?
The reason I say to ask those questions is that often times most people set a goal based on outside influences. This could be trying to please someone else like a partner, friend, family member, boss, etc. You should set goals based on how important achieving those goals would be to you and only if you plan to commit, and put in the time and effort it requires.
For example: you starting a diet because your friend is doing one vs you starting a diet because you want to be in the best shape knowing this will ensure a healthy lifestyle for yourself and benefit your loved ones as well. As you can see, in the first goal you may want to start something based on some else's desires but most likely will loose the drive to continue while the second goal you are the one making the choice to be healthy, therefore more likely to see it come to completion.
2. Set Specific and Measurable Goals
Setting specific and measurable goals allows you to track your progress so you can determine if you are moving towards reaching your goal. A specific goal would be " I want to loose 30 lbs in 90 days." This goal provides an exact target weight and an end date to do it by. In this example, you are able to track your progress already by the end of the first 30 days to see if you are making progress (loosing approx 10 lbs/month) and if this is not the case then you will need to readjust your goal.
3. Set an Intention
Before setting a plan of action take a moment to set your intention towards the goal you want to create. Intentions are important as this is a commitment you are making with yourself towards achieving your goal. There is no right or wrong way to set intentions. Start by writing your goal on a piece of paper, this will help you with grounding your goal that as of right now is just a vision but will one day become a reality. When setting intentions allow your spirituality and creativity be at play in creating a system that best works for you. Examples of setting intentions are: creating a vision board, doing a prayer, mantra or affirmation along with your goal. Use the Law of Attraction techniques to set intentions towards manifesting your goal.
4. Create a Plan of Action
Start by breaking down your plan of action into small individual steps. Write each step down so you can cross them off your list as they get completed. Breaking down your plan into small steps allows you to oversee your progress and its also very effective when it comes to making good use of your time and delegating tasks. A great tool to use when implementing new tasks is adding reminders to your calendar or writing them down on a dry eraser board and putting it in a place you can see it daily.
5. Consistency is the Key
As you have heard the phrase before "practice makes perfect", its true that a consistent practice each day will help you make progress towards achieving your goal. Just think that to become a great ballet dancer you will need to practice your stand and poses for many years in order to become an amazing performer. The same principle applies when reaching for new goals no matter if they're short or long term, you will need to consistently put the time, dedication and effort to bring your goal to completion.
You may feel at times it can be challenging to be consistent, especially if your goal is long term. A great way to keep consistency at bay is to reach out for what motivates you towards achieving your goal in the first place. A simple exercise to do to increase your motivation is just to close your eyes and envision how will you feel once you reach your goal. Wouldn't it feel amazing to know that all your hard work and dedication was worth it? Now that you've reached your goal you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Keeping your dream and desire alive towards reaching your goal is always a great motivator!
As you can see creating and reaching for your goals can be done successfully when following the above steps. Even if you are new to creating goals or tend to procrastinate towards your goals remember to only go after what you really desire as it will make reaching your goal more likely. New goals help us expand and grow as an individual. They require us to think outside the box as they push us out of our comfort zones. Therefore, the more we continue to go after new goals, the more chances you'll have in overcoming certain challenges and in the long run create the life you so desire!