Why do we set goals? I’ve seen a lot of people jot down their goals on post-its, goal worksheets and planners and I’ve always wondered, what do people accomplish by setting goals? What is the point of writing down all your dreams, your wishes and keeping them in sight? Why is it so important to focus on them in the morning? Read below for the answer.
Your brain is like trough of sand. A print is left behind every time you wish or crave for something. You may think that you’ve forgotten all about it, but your subconscious is planning and plotting to make your dreams come true deep within Mr. Brain. That is why, it is crucial to write down your goals so it is always drummed into your subconscious.
Now that we’re done with the “why”, let’s proceed to the “how.” Shall we? Here are 5 really simple steps to master Goal Setting. You can claim your Goal Plan Worksheet below!
Step 1: Don’t be afraid to dream.
Instead of focusing on the hurdles, focus on the destination. Imagine you want to publish a book. The thought of sitting down for weeks on end to write it, submitting your book to multiple agents, getting approved for publishing can be quite daunting if you have little to no experience of writing.
But when you picture the goal – i.e. publishing your book for millions to read, your very own words being cherished by people around the world, making a mark in history, you will most undoubtedly jump with joy at the thought, non?
Everyone has fears. However, if we truly want to get somewhere, there is a little leap of faith we have to take. Sorry, there is no way around this. In order to become successful, you must dare to dream. Don’t stop yourself from dreaming. Get excited! DREAM BIG.
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Step 2: Derive a Goal from your dream.
What is a goal? Like Napolean Hill once said, “A Goal is a dream with a deadline.” Now that you’ve realized what you want in life, or what your dream is, derive a goal from it. You can have many goals. Those goals can be divided into many more mini-goals. But you will need to prioritize.
For instance, if you want to publish a book, you have to finish writing one. So, list that goal. In big letters. Do this, so you don’t forget it. Read it every single day. Drum it into your head so you crave for it. Make it your motto. In order to succeed, you must want to succeed.
Step 3: Break your goal down into actionable steps.
Now that you have a goal in your head, you need to bring it to life! Break down your big, solid goal into mini actionable steps. This is where you give yourself a little checklist. When you see a big goal like – WRITE A BOOK, you can get a little horrified. Yikes. I don’t blame you. You might even chuck the whole idea aside because it doesn’t look feasible.
This is where bite-sized steps come in handy! You divide your big chunky goal into little, easily attainable steps. This way, you can take your time completing these itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny tasks until finally, there are none left – meaning your goal is completed! See how easy it is?
Step 4: Remind yourself why this is important to you.
While you’re busy trying to attain your goals, it can become easy to forget the “why” behind the goal. My suggestion to you is to rewind. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Why am I doing this?
- What am I going to gain from doing this?
- What feelings am I going to feel by accomplishing this goal?
- Where is it going to get me in life?
When you have the answers to all these questions, you will be able to continue with your work. You can always take a break and get back to your goals if it’s overwhelming you. But do not (pretty please with cherries on top) quit. Take courage and pursue your dreams relentlessly!
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Step 5: Commit to your goals.
Sometimes there will be setbacks. You may miss a step while trying to complete a mini-task. Nobody succeeds without failing ten times first. Tell yourself, that this is okay. And trust me, young grasshopper – it is okay. Don’t fret. Don’t panic. And most important of all – don’t give up.
I’ve had many dreams in the past. I wanted to ride unicorns. I wanted to become a teacher. I wanted to work in Baskin Robbins (mainly because I thought I could take home free ice cream). I wanted to start a shop. I wanted a dog. I wanted to go to Disney Land. I wanted to become rich doing nothing but drawing.
Out of all these wishes, I’ve made only one come true. And she’s the most adorable pooch of a dog I’ll ever have. But you see, I haven’t given up. I’m working hard to attain my goals. Even if they are a bit far-fetched, you must give yourself the benefit of the doubt and NOT stop trying.
With that ladies and gentlemen, I bid thee farewell! Get your free Goal Plan Worksheet below if you haven’t already downloaded it.
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