More Tips on How to set Successful Goals
Successful people have a lot of habits that they attribute to achieving and maintaining their success. Some of these habits include waking up early, time management, and scheduling time to relax. Perhaps one of the most important habits successful people have is setting goals. Goals are important because they help us keep our energy and focus on the task at hand, and help us ignore distractions. Setting goals is an action that we engage in every day, but we don’t always know how to maximize it for success. However, there are several ways to set goals to set yourself up for success. We’ve already covered S.M.A.R.T goals and how following those steps can help someone achieve success. Now, let’s consider additional ways to set successful goals.
1) Write Your Goals Down
As technology develops in leaps and bounds, more people take to keeping their schedules and calendars updated on phones, and laptops- devices that are practically attached to us 24/7. It only makes sense to keep a list of goals that we can access as well. Rather than typing up your list of goals, experts recommend handwriting a list of goals and then keeping it in a place where you can always see them. Studies have shown that the process of handwriting can increase productivity. In addition, seeing your goals written down in front of you make it more permanent, and can help with visualizing your goals.
2) Make a Plan of Action
You’ve set your goals, you’ve written them down-now what? It is true, setting goals are a great and proven tool for success. However, our goals are often lofty, things like “becoming division leader” or “earning all A’s”. Whatever the goal is, it needs a plan on how to achieve it. When you create a plan of action for your goal, you can set deadlines and create priorities that allow you to stay on track, avoid getting frustrated and abandoning your goal. Even if you don’t know all the steps you need to take, developing a plan can help you get from point A to point B and put you in the right direction.
3) Involve other people
The road to success is bumpy, but holding yourself accountable will help you get over the rough patches. While writing your goals down, and creating an action plan are ways of making yourself accountable, involving someone who cares about you and your success, such as a family member, friend or even a mentor, is another powerful resource. Not only can this person motivate you to get up and keep going, they can also provide valuable feedback and advice.
Finally, experts advise that the best way to use your goals to achieve success is to constantly review them. Take some time at the end of the day to review your goals. This will give you a chance to keep track of what you have achieved, and what is still left. In addition, reviewing and reflecting on your goals allows you to revise your action plan as needed. Finally, by reviewing your goals, you can track your progress, giving yourself a boost of self-confidence when you can cross one off your list.
The process of goal-setting is a continuously changing process, but with these steps, you can stay on top of everything and use your goals to achieve success.