5 Golden Rules to Goal Setting

Lexi Stradling, Contributor

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When setting goals, make sure they are goals that motivate and push you in a good direction. Goals should be important to the individual striving for them and something you value and desire to achieve. It takes time to see results, like sports. It takes a lot of practice to see improvement. Goal setting is not something you can gain instantly. It is a process that takes a lot of hard work.

There are five golden rules to goal setting. The first rule is to set goals that motivate you. When setting goals for yourself, it must be something you are motivated to do. Choose goals that are important to you and will motivate you. The less interested you are in the outcome the less work you will likely put into it. The key to achieving goals is motivation. Set goals that correlate with your personal highest priorities because with too broad of a focus, you can end up with too many goals and little time to devote to them. Achieving goals requires commitment. You need to have an attitude of “I must do this” to have the maximum success. If you can’t have this attitude, you risk the possibility of a goal becoming a reality.  

The second rule to setting goals is to set SMART goals. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time bound. SMART goals. Set clear, well defined, specific goals. Ambiguous, vague goals will not give enough direction. To make succeeding your goals as easy as possible, define where you want to end up so you can make it there. Always include amounts, days, and length to measure your success. If you choose to have a goal to spend less, how much less do you want to spend? Is this a weekly, monthly, or daily budget? If you don’t measure your success, how can you feel accomplished for something you aren’t sure you accomplished? Make sure goals are something you know is possible to achieve. However don’t set goals too easy to accomplish that it requires zero work. Set challenging and realistic goals. Goals should direct towards  what you want in a career and future. Lastly, goals must have deadlines. Otherwise, you could have a goal for years and never accomplish it.

Writing out your goals is the third rule. Physically writing a goal makes it substantial and real. Hang it somewhere you will always see it to help you never forget them. This way there is no excuse. You will always have that reminder to work towards your goals.

Make an action plan, this is the fourth rule. This is the step most people forget to think of. Don’t get too focused on the outcome that you forget the steps it will take to end up achieving your goal. Write out the steps and cross off what you accomplish so you will recognize the progress you’ve made.

Finally, stick with it. Don’t ever feel you can’t accomplish something. If you stay on track, set reminders, and review your progress regularly, you are already on the path to success.

References:

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm

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