How often do you write down your goals? Like actually write them down and stick to them?
Did you know goal setting is important when it comes to success? If you’re anything like me, you have mental footnotes in your mind, but don’t actually write your goals down.
There is so much importance, when it comes to actually jotting your goals down; for example, setting deadlines. I know sometimes, when it comes to creating goals for ourselves, it can be all over the place. Well, I am here to help. I listed 5 steps below to help you learn how to set realistic, and achievable goals.
1.Figure out your goals
If you are not sure, answering these questions will help:– How much money do you want to make each month?– How will you make this money?– How do you want your body to look?– Where do you want to live? How do you imagine your ideal house?– What do you want to achieve in your relationships?– Do you want to follow any specific career path?– Do you want to learn a new craft?– Do you want to start a new hobby or learn a new skill?
- Write them down
Now, take a moment and again read the questions above.
Take a piece of paper and start writing down your answers, but don’t be afraid to write down impressive, huge goals. If you can’t find a paper, you could write the answers in a note on your phone or laptop. But, I would recommend using a paper. Personally, I have my goals written on a whiteboard that’s on my desk, so I can see them every day, but I have also written my short-term goals on my phone.
- Make sure you write specific goals
“I want to lose 20 pounds of fat,” is hugely different than, “I want to lose 20 pounds of fat in the next four months.” The second is specific, and gives you a deadline, that will push you to take action.
Always put deadlines on your written goals
For the reason pointed out above, make sure these deadlines are somehow realistic. You can’t say you will gain 15 pounds of muscle in the next two weeks, but allow yourseld to input a deadline that is challenging enough to push you, and motivate you to take action, without being extremely tough to achieve.
- Under each written goal, write a specific three-step plan on how you will achieve this goal
For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds of weight in four months, you could write:– I will go to the gym and lift weights three times per week.– I will eat 500 fewer calories each day.– I will eat junk food and sweets only twice per week.– I will drink fizzy drinks once per week.– I will walk for 45 minutes every day.
Well, there you have it. So let’s start setting goals, and sticking to them for the remainder of 2018.
Its almost the 2nd quarter of the year. Do you have your quarterly goals set?