Setting Goals for the Coming Year with 7 Simple Steps
Setting goals is not about writing unrealistic wishes about what you want for yourself, it is about challenging yourself to achieve more (but realistically). Setting goals for your business (and your life) is critical if you want to push your business forward.
However, so many people get stuck on how to set effective goals that they can stick to. In this post, I’m going to share with you 7 Steps that will help make this process a little easier for you.
Because we all deserve to attain the level of success we’re after and, setting goals now is right on time for 2020. When people think about setting goals for the next year, people frequently think about setting New Years Resolutions.
Can I ask you a question?
Do you actually keep your resolutions?
Chances are that you don’t.
But people who often fail with resolutions often like the idea of being able to implement new things in their lives regardless. Instead of trying to do everything at the start of the year, you should try to spread out your goals throughout the entire year! Let’s get started.
Setting Goals for 2020 with 7 Simple Steps
Step 1 – Think about what you really want.
Many people have a broad idea of what they want for themselves to have a good life, right?
Now, it’s not bad to wish for a good life, but it is vague. With vague goals, it’s hard to truly reach whatever it may be.
It is important you think about what you want. Once you can describe what a good life means to you, then it should be easier for you to build goals around it.
Asking yourself these questions to help you narrow down what you want:
- What are the things that make me happy?
- Why do they make me happy?
- What are the things that I should stop doing that will help me achieve ‘my happiness’?
- Are the things that I do already make me happy?
- How can I do more of the things that make me happy?
Be very specific. Grab a journal or notepad and jot down these answers.
Step 2 – Separate your BIG Picture goals from Smaller ones
Once you’ve established the things that make you happy, in this step you want to break those down into different goals. Here’s an example of different categories you can be setting goals for;
- Personal (health, family, relationships, etc.)
What I like to do, is set at least one BIG picture goal followed by a few smaller ones. These smaller ones should be geared to helping you step closer to the big one. Don’t hesitate to dream big here. And, follow suit with attainable goals that can act almost like baby steps to get you there.
Step 3 – Let’s get Specific
Time for some S.M.A.R.T. goals.
This acronym refers to; Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-Bound.
Take each goal and map it out using each category. This may take you some time if you’ve never used this format before but I assure you it is worth the time you put into it. Remember, it is important to do this process with every goal — not just one broad one.
Step 4 – Get your Priorities in Order!
It is important that you set priorities when you are setting goals. Especially, if you set multiple goals. You should give each goal a level of priority.
Setting priorities for each goal will help you stay on top of each one and will prevent you from being overwhelmed by setting too many. This step, will also give you a sense of direction in your goals. If you have several goals, you should set a scale of priority for your goals and how you want to achieve them. A simple scale like 1 through 5 can help you map out those priorities.
Step 5 – Develop your Action Plan
As much as setting goals is important, it is also good for you to have an action plan. This plan will help you achieve the goals that you set in the previous steps.
This is one of the most important aspects of setting goals.
Many times, people are always focused on the outcome of their goals and not on the process. Much of this action plan will have started to develop in your SMART goals breakdown.
What I find helpful, is creating almost like a to-do list for each actionable step and crossing them off as I complete them. This is not only a great ‘vote of confidence’ for you (atta boy!) but will help keep you focused and on track.
Step 6 – Monitor your Progress Regularly
Writing down your goals and the processes of achieving them will help you keep track of your progress. Re-visiting your goals and the processes will also help you take note of particular successes. When we review and revisit, it allows us tome to do 2 things;
- Tweak and adjust where necessary
- Level up your goal when you’re nearing completion
Sometimes keeping track of your progress may not be easy, but it’s worth it.
Step 7 – Tell Someone your Goals
Accountability is huge! Consider having a partner you can connect with who will help keep you motivated. Additionally, you could reach out to a coach or mentor for feedback on the development of your goal setting as well. If this is something you are interested in, don’t hesitate to comment below and I would be happy to connect with you.
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