Hi loves, have you set your goals for 2021? I hope you’ve all been doing well. As promised I’m here with the post on how to set goals and not just setting goals but how to go about accomplishing them. It’s a new year and everyone is setting goals and I’m sure you’ve set some too. So this post covers how to set your goals for success in 2021.
We all know what goals are, those things that you want to accomplish in various areas of your life, it could be your personal goals, financial goals, academic goals…the list goes on.
A goal is different from a resolution, hope, dreams or mere wish. Goals are more intentional. How many of us make New year resolutions but don’t go through with it? How many of us set goals for the New year and how to achieve them? Goals and resolutions are two different things and while dreams or wishes help form a goal they are not the same thing with a goal. A goal is an intention with plan, it is specific and measurable.
Goal setting is the art of setting clearly defined goals and then working towards achieving those goals everyday. Your goal needs a plan, planning is essential for your goals because it helps you know the necessary activities required to achieve a desired set goal or result. Your goal is a desired result you envision, plan and commit to achieve. So what goals come to mind?
HOW TO SET GOALS
HAVE A VISION: of course you have to have a vision and to have a vision you have to have a destination. What’s the thing you see yourself doing? What’s your vision in life? Where are you headed? What do you aspire to be, what do you imagine to do?
KNOW WHAT GOALS YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE: now that you have a vision, you should know what goals you want to achieve. Do you want to set financial goals so you could manage your spending, save and invest your money? Do you want to set goals for your relationship, for yourself, for your business? Whatever it is, know what goals you want to achieve.
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS: let your goals be clear and specific, don’t just write I hope to own a car, instead make it measurable and time bound. I want to own a car in the next six months. This makes it measurable by putting a time frame to it. I think we all should have heard of ABC and SMART when it comes to goal setting.
A- Achievable, your goal must be achievable not something nearly impossible
B- Believable, you must believe in your goals that it’s attainable
C- Concrete, it must be tangible and real to you.
S- Specific, you must know exactly what you want and how you want to have it
M- Measurable, how are you going to measure your progress?
A- Attainable, is it a goal you can meet up to?
R- Relatable, do you relate to the goals? Do you have an attachment to it?
T- Time bound- How long will it take to achieve the goal.
This brings us to the types of goals.
Short term goals- This usually ranges from one to two years.
Medium term goals- it ranges from one to five years
Long term goals- from five years to ten.
SET A TIME FRAME: know how long it would take you to accomplish your goals, would it be a month or two? A year? Put a time frame to it, it helps serve as a sort of deadline but hey, no pressure.
BREAK YOUR GOALS DOWN: there’s a grand goal we all want to achieve but we just can’t get there once, we need to climb up the stairs little by little so divide your goals into different parts. Break them down, if it’s a yearly goal, break it down, for every month that will make up the year, know what you want to achieve to build up the main goal. If it’s a monthly goal, break it down to weekly goals. If it’s a week, break it down to daily goals. It’s just easier to do little things than big things after all, the little things make up the big things.
DREAM BIG, START SMALL: we all have big dreams that we want to achieve but we just can’t miraculously find ourselves there, we have to start from somewhere, we have to start small. Gradually, our small dreams would take us to the big dreams.
TACKLE YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS: tackle those voices in your head that tells you that you won’t be able to accomplish the goals, that you are going to stop halfway, that you’re just deceiving yourself. Suppress those thoughts and move from you can’t to you can. I won’t to I will. Have a positive mindset about your goal, be confident in your abilities and know that you can do it.
SCHEDULE THE TIME TO DO: it’s so easy to write down your goals, what’s difficult is actually performing the tasks that brings you closer to your goals. Schedule the time to do. If your goal is to loose weight, schedule the time to go to the gym, have a meal planning, have a list of foods you shouldn’t be eating, schedule the time for your jogs. Make the time to do, if you want to get something, write out the things you need to accomplish the goals, the things you have to do to accomplish the goals and actually do them.
Make sure your goals are truly yours, not what others want you to accomplish but what you want to accomplish for yourself. Memorize your goals, look at them daily, focus on it, share your goals with people that can help you achieve them, plan ahead and most importantly take action. Those goals are not just going to come to reality if you don’t do anything about it and when you finally achieve it, reward yourself for a job well done.
Let me know how you set your goals, what your best goal setting tip is and what area of goal setting do you struggle with the most.
Good luck with accomplishing your goals, I hope you do. Like and comment, I’d love to see your thoughts, follow so you don’t miss an update and share to someone who needs to see this. Have a great day.
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AD|Change your life in 2021
It’s a new year already, you’ve made those goals and resolutions but nothing will change until you make a change.
Your goal is not to big to be unattainable, you can achieve the unthinkable.