Top athletes, championship level fighters, successful entrepreneur’s and achievers in all fields have one thing in common.. They set goals! Setting a goal helps give you a long term vision and short term motivation for what you want to achieve. It helps you organize your resources and time more effiently so that you can make the most of all aspects of your life.
By setting accurate goals you can measure your achievements, get motivation from them where as before it may of seemed like one never ending pointless grind. It keeps you on track allowing you to set the bar alittle higher on every achievement gained, pushing you to achieve your goals faster where as not having a plan means your not keeping track of time so it may take you longer to achieve them.
Starting to Make Personal Goals
When making personal goals you need to do it in levels:
Firstly you need to decide what your long term goal is, want you want to achieve in life (a big picture) lets say over the next 5 years.
Then you break this down into smaller chunks and set these smaller chunks as targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals. Plan what you need to put in place and accomplish in order to reach your goals and these will be your smaller targets along the way.
This is why we look at the big picture (lifetime goal) and then work our way down to the tasks you can do in the next 5 years, then the next year, next month, next week, and finally today to start pushing forward towards them.
Step 1: Setting Lifetime Goals
The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime (or at least, by a significant and distant age in the future). Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making.
To give a broad, balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some of the following categories (or in other categories of your own, where these are important to you):
- Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve?
- Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?
- Education – Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals?
- Family – Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner or by members of your extended family?
- Artistic – Do you want to achieve any artistic goals?
- Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? (If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.)
- Physical – Are there any athletic goals that you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
- Pleasure – How do you want to enjoy yourself? (You should ensure that some of your life is for you!)
- Public Service – Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?
Spend some time brainstorming these things, and then select one or more goals in each category that best reflect what you want to do. Then consider trimming again so that you have a small number of really significant goals that you can focus on.
As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or employers might want. (If you have a partner, you probably want to consider what he or she wants – however, make sure that you also remain true to yourself!)