Welcome to Part 4 of the Goal Setting Series! Today we will be defining our goals. Before we start, I’ll do a little recap of what we’ve learned so far:
- In part 1 we went over why you should set goals.
- In part 2 we learned what SMARTER goals were.
- And Last week in Part 3 we learned how to choose our goals.
Now that you have your goals ready to go, it’s time to set some systems in place to guarantee the best possible outcome of completing your goals.
Step 1 – Define Your Goal Deadlines
There are some things to consider when deciding what you’d like the deadlines for your goals to be. I generally set mostly quarterly and monthly goals and only throw in a couple of long-term goals. I find it is easier this way because I’ve found that many of the long-term goals, I would set for myself I often ended up changing or modifying along the way due to different circumstances changing in my life. This of course is entirely a personal preference and is something you must decide what’s best for you.
Today I will mainly be focusing on yearly goals, but just remember, the same concepts we go over today can be applied to any shorter or longer-term goals as well.
The bottom line is… YOU MUST SET A DEADLINE!
Step 2 – Define Your Mini Goals
It’s now time to break each of your goals down into shorter term goals. These can be broken down into quarterly, monthly, weekly, or even daily goals depending on the time and energy you have available. This is where we break our goals down into smaller actionable goals.I find that the most important aspect of setting your goals is not necessarily the goal itself, but the steps taken to make sure you’re able to stay motivated and not get overwhelmed, so you can accomplish your goal.Click To Tweet
This step is important for several reasons:
- You can see what needs to be accomplished throughout the year to stay on track.
- It will give you set points to make evaluating your progress simple.
- The ability to track your progress will help to keep you motivated.
- Any modifications that need to be made will be done quickly so that you will be able to keep your deadline.
- And finally, it will show you how easy your goal can be accomplished and make it less overwhelming for you.
What steps do I need to take to complete this goal?
- What do I need to accomplish every 3 months?
- What do I need to accomplish monthly?
- What things do I need to accomplish weekly?
- What things do I need to accomplish daily?
Example: If my goal is “Lose 20 lbs. this year’, I break this goal down into quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals of what needs to be accomplished to complete my goal by the deadline I have set.
- Quarterly 5 lbs.
- Monthly 1.7 lbs.
- Weekly .39 lbs.
- Daily (unnecessary)
Wow! That sure looks a lot easier to accomplish now.
Step 3 – Define Your Goal Action Plan
What actions do you need to take to achieve your goal? Make your list of things that will help you accomplish your goal.
Example: If ‘Lose 20 lbs. this year’ is my goal I can make a list of things I can do throughout the year that will help me achieve this goal
- Exercise 3x’s per week
- Limit sugar to 1 day per week
- Limit eating out to 1 day per week
- Eat a salad 1x per day
- Measure and weigh monthly
This is another area I use a mind map to help me stay organized (see example below). I write the goal in the center. I then break my goal down into 3-5 smaller shorter-term goals. After I have done this, I then write under each of those goals anything I need or need to do to accomplish them.
Step 4 – Define Your Goal Obstacles and Motivation
Okay so now we have deadlines for our goals, smaller easier to accomplish mini goals, and an action plan to complete them. Now is a good time to confront any issues that you think might come up to deter you from finishing your goals. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place now to figure out what you will do to get back on track and stay motivated.
Questions to answer:
- What obstacles do I need to overcome to complete this goal?
- How will I overcome these obstacles?
- What will I do when I feel like giving up?
- What steps can I take to stay motivated?
If you have a plan in place from the very beginning of what you will do when different obstacles arise, you will have a better chance of dealing with it quickly and staying on track.
Alright! This is exciting! You’ve gotten a lot accomplished today. There is only 1 step left in the Goal Setting Series which I will go over next week. You will learn how to track and evaluate your goals. I will see you then. Have a great week!
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