1. Setting Small Goals Builds Momentum
Sometimes we set goals that are too grand to accomplish in one big swoop. While it is important to have large dreams, achieving a large dream takes time and effort. A great step in-between is to create several smaller steps and break them into milestones that are achievable. These little successes help you create momentum to build greater success in the future. These little successes allow us to also achieve more. Experience the joy of those achievements and use that joy as motivation to continue further.
Joey is an account manager for a large computer firm. His goal is to is to hit a sales target at the beginning of every month. He has decided to reach a higher sales goal than he has ever accomplished. He has a positive attitude and is ready to take the steps towards achieving it. But within the first week he experiences a few setbacks, and by the second week, he doesn’t even think about his goal at all, causing him to fall even further behind.
At this point, there is no way he can achieve that goal. He is disappointed and decides to give up on his goals altogether. But what Joey should have done was set smaller goals – goals about the number of prospects he reaches, or the amount of money he brings on any given day. By achieving these smaller goals, he’ll start to learn that reaching goals is attainable, and though sometimes there are things that get in our way, there are little successes in everything you do in life.
2. You Must Understand Why You Set Your Goal
When you set a goal, you must understand why you’re setting that goal and your rewards. You need to have clarity. You need to thoroughly understand why you are setting each goal and the consequences each goal will have on your life if/when you reach them.
Often, we set goals that we THINK we need to set but do not have the actual desire to achieve. We know that these goals have positive implications for our family, our relationships, our jobs, our children or our friends, so we choose them without thinking about our internal motivations.
Suddenly we don’t have a clearly defined “why.” And without that why, it becomes easy to lose passion for your goal and decide it is no longer your priority. Ask yourself if you have ever reflected on the truest reason you have decided to achieve that goal. Most likely it doesn’t have as much passion as you wish it did.
3. You Need to Have Clearly Defined Expectations With Your Goals
Realism is critical in setting goals. Without realism, you end up shooting for a goal that no one in the world can achieve. Goals should be far enough out that you are challenged, but it is also important that you have clearly defined expectations. That way when you can achieve your goals, you know exactly what you did to get there, and if you fall a little bit short, you understand what you could have hoped to accomplish based on your current scenario. Ask yourself what expectations you have for this goal, but in terms of what you hope to achieve and what you can realistically complete if you give it enough effort.
4. Keep Your Goals in Front of You
Your goals should not be some abstract thought that you forget when you run into some life distractions. Your goals should be in front of you so that you can visually see what you want to accomplish and motivate yourself to take steps to reach it. You are not limited to keeping your goal written on a piece of paper. You can show your goal in terms of a photo of the place you would like to travel or keychain with the dog you hope to raise. As long as your goals are in front of you, you will be motivated to meet them.
5. What Legacy Are You Leaving Behind With Your Goals?
I had the privilege of being on a conference call with a woman that shared a story about her dad and his long battle with cancer. He was in his last days when he looked his daughter in the eyes and asked “Did I leave you with the right legacy behind? Did I remind you that you were loved and cared for?”
The father’s goal in life was for his daughter to feel that love and affection. It was not about his wants. It was about leaving behind a wonderful young lady that felt the love that he shared for her.
When you set goals, make sure your goals are what is truly important to you. Sometimes we set goals for the wrong reasons, and the pursuit of these goals will never carry a lasting legacy. Achievement doesn’t always bring exactly what we think it will. That is why we need to evaluate what is important and make sure that our goals and our legacy are in alignment with each other.
These are the five keys to goal setting. If you follow these principles, you will be far more likely to achieve success and abundance in life.
Reflect and Apply
My name is Scott Epp, and I am a Certified Professional Coach. My coaching vision is to support, guide and encourage people to find and action their potential and possibilities. Coaching is a process of identifying a client’s goals and helping them achieve them in an effective way. If you are interested in taking your next step towards achieving your goals and living the life you desire, then I invite you to take me up on my complimentary session and connect with me by clicking here!
Using these five goal setting tips, write down one or two goals and filter them through everything you have learned in this column. Set smaller goals, make sure you can answer questions of “Why,” define your expectation and make sure that your goals will help you become the person you wish to be.
Have Abundance in Life!