How to Set Goals and Achieve Them – In 5 Steps

Dreams and Goals

What is your dream? Will it only ever be a dream? Read on to find out how you can make your dreams a reality by goal setting.

Setting A Goal

All successful people set goals, whether they are business people or athletes, they are always working towards a goal.  Setting goals help to motivate us and keep us moving forward and progressing in our chosen field.

There is a saying “A dream is just a dream. A GOAL is a dream with a plan and a deadline”

If you want to be successful it is important to set goals and continually work towards them.

No goal is too big or too small. 

When choosing your goal, you will need to set aside some quiet time where you can sit and reflect. Think about what you want.  What you really want.  The result will be your goal.  Whether that is to make X amount of money or become a leader in your chosen field that will be your goal.

Write down your goal and give a realistic timescale for achieving this.

Don’t worry about the size of your goal as you will break this down into many smaller goals that you will achieve on your way to your big goal.

Break it Down

Now you have your GOAL you must break it down to smaller steps. If you try and reach a big goal in one big step or leap you are going to become frustrated or impatient and time after time this leads to most people giving up on their goal. Be smarter than other goal setters by setting SMART goals.

By breaking your main goal into smaller goals, it means that you will achieve small successes and celebrations along the way while all the time working to your main goal.

 The best way to break down these goals is to look at the goal and break it down into small manageable steps that will enable you to work towards reaching your goal.

For each smaller step it is best if you can break them down into SMART Goals.  This acronym stands for:

Specific – make each goal specific. Make your goal very clear.

Measurable – ensure you can measure your goal.

Achievable – is your goal achievable? This should be tied in with the 5th part – time bound.

Relevant – is this goal relevant to your main goal, will it help you to work towards it.

Time Bound – set a time scale for achieving your goal, again, be realistic with this.

You can find some examples of smart goals at https://fitsmallbusiness.com/smart-goals-examples/ you will also find a good template for your own on the page.

Committing to Your Goals

Now you need to make a commitment to reaching your overall goal. Give this a timescale and take this into consideration when setting your smaller goals. All your smaller goals timescales added together should be equal to the time you want to take to reach your overall goal.

 Now it would be best to break this down further into aneveryday time where possible.  This can even be 30 minutes to an hour each day and a few hours on the weekend.  The main objective here is to ensure you are constantly working towards  your goal

hard work and commitment = success
Hard work and commitment are always the key to success

Setting aside time each day creates good habits and these can be built on as time goes by.  Creating good habits in business can lead to great things. 

From being more productive to learning to manage your time more effectively.  Every positive habit you form will, in turn, help you build a stronger link towards reaching your goal.

Accountability

Now, most people find this difficult to do if they are working on a personal goal or are starting in business for themselves.  There are ways around this but one of the most important things is to seriously commit to yourself.  After all, to reach your goals, you are investing in yourself. To learn, to grow, to move forward towards your BIG goal.

Ask your partner to support and help hold you accountable.  If you are part of a community or have business friends speak to them about helping hold you accountable.  You could also do the same for them.  A weekly or monthly progress check-in with someone can be most beneficial and if it someone who is working on their own goals, both will benefit.

There are also many apps out there now available for apple and android phones, tablets, desktops. These are also good for keeping track of your goals and most allow you to run many goals at the same time.  Since building a business is a multi-dimensional task, being able to run several goals at one time, being held accountable for each and able to track your progress is a great benefit.

Joe’s Goals –this is a basic but an easy to use app that will allow you to set multiple goals and keep track of them.

Goals On Track –this is a really great place for keeping all your goals together.  There is a charge for using this, but it is minimal compared to what you will get.  You will be able to set multiple goals, add vision boards and track all your stuff in one place.

ToodleDo – this not only allows you to set tasks or goals but you are also able to make lists, take long notes and form good habits too.  ToodleDo is great if you want to link up with others, share stuff or hold each other accountable.  If you have a business partner this is a great app to help everyone stay on track.

Have a look around and find one that covers as much as you need it too or spend a few days trying out different apps to find which one is most suited to you.  It may feel as if you are wasting a lot of time initially but if you find one that really suits you will benefit greatly from it.

These will save you time remembering what you’ve done towards each goal and putting it on paper.

I used to have my goals on paper and I was forever printing out updates as I worked through the tasks and smaller goals that it just made more sense to use an app and have everything in one place.

Celebrate Small Successes

Celebrate each small success along the way.  Each goal you achieve and each positive move forward, whether it is one you have worked towards or one that has come by chance.  By having small celebrations, it will keep you motivated and determined to stay on track and keep pushing forward.

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It is entirely up to you how you celebrate.  You may want to let your hair down and head out with some mates or buy yourself something nice.  You may also want to tie in little treats and celebrations to individual goals.  Choose things that will make you feel good and are positive.

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