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The Secrets of Successful Goal Setting

Successful Goal SettingThe basics of successful goal setting is well known by top-caliber athletes, successful entrepreneurs and professional people of all types.  The basics of setting goals give you short-term and long-term motivation and focus. They help you set your focus on the gaining of required knowledge and help you to plan and organize your resources and your time so that you can get the best out of your life.

Setting clearly defined short term and long term goals will allow you to monitor your progress and achieve personal satisfaction once you have successfully met your goals.

Charting your progress will also let you actually see the stages of completion leading to the actual accomplishment of your goals. This eliminates the feeling of a long and pointless grind towards achieving your goal. Your self-confidence and level of competence will also improve as you will be more aware of your capabilities as you complete or achieve your goals.

The basics of goal settings will require deciding what you really want to do with your life and what short term and long term goals you need to achieve it. Then you need to break down goals into the smaller and manageable targets that you must complete in your way to achieving your lifetime targets.

A good way to have a manageable list is to have a daily and weekly set of goals. By doing this you will be always in the position of going towards your life plan goals. Every day will give you the opportunity to fulfill a certain goal giving you the feeling of accomplishment.

Here are some pointers that will help you in setting your goals and achieving them.

Attitude plays a very big role in setting and achieving your goals. You must ask yourself… is any part of you or your mind holding you back towards completing your simplest goals?

Are there are any parts of your behavior that is being a block or sabotaging your plans?

If you do have a problem in this areas then then you will need to get some help or develop a system for yourself to stay focused upon what it is you truly want to create for yourself

Knowledge is key in achieving your goals. If your goals require you to have a certain kind of qualification or require a certain skill to be developed, the first step is to make plans in getting the appropriate education.

Get a support team around you – this could be family or friends but you will want to enroll the support of people who support you, who believe in you and can be depended upon to be your cheerleader and your accountability team!

Have some fun time – this needs to be taken into consideration when setting a plan of action.  All work and no play will not allow you to enjoy the journey to the achievement of your goals and fully as possible.  Be sure that you schedule yourself some regular down time.

To start achieving your overall goals, set a 5 year plan then break it down to 1 year plans, then 6 month plans then monthly plans, then weekly, then daily.

Then create a to-do list for the day.

Always review your plans and prepare for contingencies.

Always know that you have within you the tools and ability to achieve every goal you can possibly have – you have to, otherwise the goal would not be in your awareness!

  • Posted by Moira Hutchison
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  • http://www.sherievenner.com Sherie Venner

    Moira, reverse engineering your goals is a brilliant strategy…starting with the 5 year and then working backwards. Love your idea that we wouldn’t have the goal in our awareness unless we already had the tools to achieve it. Brilliant!

  • http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.wordpress.com/ Carolyn Hughes

    I love how you break down the goals into time from 5 years to daily. It makes it so much more achievable.
    Thanks Moira!

  • http://anitafiander.com/ Anita Fiander

    Excellent points and I think the most powerful is the support team. We can all provide negative self talk sometimes and its nice to have others who will uplift us out of this!

  • Nisha Naik

    I love this article, Moira, because it goes beyond the typical suggestions of making SMART goals and charting your progress, etc. It’s those little things like your attitude and getting support that can really make all the difference!

  • http://twitter.com/LisaBirnesser Lisa Birnesser

    Great post, Moira. It is so important to break goals down as far as they can go on a daily basis. I have learned to do this or things just don’t get done. Thanks for these really solid tips!

  • Susan Preston

    Love this, Moira! I especially liked when you wrote, “Always know that you have within you the tools and ability to achieve
    every goal you can possibly have – you have to, otherwise the goal would
    not be in your awareness!” Thanks :)