Mentally, we all have the understanding of what it is to set goals and the importance of setting goals. Yet with all of these mental notes and ideas, it still sometimes feel like 24 hours is just too small or you’re sleepwalking through life with no precise definition of what you want, or perhaps with a definition, but a haggard roadmap
It is way easier to dream, but realization is a product of setting actionable goals and making conscious approaches towards actualizing these goals. So, it has gone beyond writing just anything in the name of setting goals or making plans, having mental notes and day dreaming
Our present is a reflection of the way we set or did not set our past goals. While you have today, set goals for tomorrow to eradicate your current undesirable life pattern… Chinwe E. Nwosu
Goal setting is a process that starts with a careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between, there are some very well-defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Goal setting is the new normal, as a matter of fact, the most concrete step towards attaining a desired future. Its areas are limitless, meaning, you should set goals for right about every and anything that has an effect on your current life or future desirable life
7 Key Life Areas to Set Goals
- Friends and Family
- Significant Order/Relationship
- Health and Fitness.
- Personal growth.
- Fun and Recreation
- Physical Environment
Summarized Steps to Setting Actionable Goals for Success
- Set Your Life’s Hundred: This would perhaps be the best gift you give yourself before the year runs out. If you do not already have one, get a journal and write everything you ever want to achieve before you kick the bucket. EVERY SINGLE THING! No matter how small or seemingly unimportant. Example ‘Purchase a green Toyota corolla 2012 in exactly two years from today’, ‘Become an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management on or before August 2023’. Oh, be sure to be SMART about it: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. Afterwards, write by each goal the number of estimated years of accomplishment, all things being equal
- Examine Your Current Reality: This is reality check, measured in honesty! In a scale of 1 – 10, how far have you gone in various areas of your life? You can use previously listed areas: Career, Finances, Friends/Family, Significant Order/Romance, Health/Fitness, Physical Growth, Fun/Recreation and Physical Environment. You could represent this in a wheel to see how bumpy or precise your ride has been
- Chart Your Course: Break your goals into 365 – 60 – 30. Separate the goals that should be accomplished in 365 days (1 year), 60 days and 30 days (1 month), write actionable steps you would need to take to achieve these goals. Work your way back from the big picture to smaller pictures! Have daily do-to-list in actionable words to enable you meet your bigger goals and be as detailed as possible.
- Stay Disciplined and Accountable: It is one thing to write goals and make plans, but yet another to make them successful. Discipline is your key to consistency, and accountability, your key to staying right on track. What ways would you get yourself to do what you need to do? Consistently so? Would you have to reduce your social media appearances? Change your circle? Become less available? Do less of “Netflix and chill”? You decide… Who would you need to talk to, to become your accountability partner? Friends? Family? Colleagues? You decide…
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up: Yes, do not rule out external factors that can influence or slow down your processes. So, breathe from time to time when efforts seem unfruitful. Approach disappointments with positive affirmations and attitudes: ‘This goal of becoming the first CEO of my bank before 2025 starts with a little step of getting degrees in XXX, it looks slow but I am capable of achieving everything I set my mind to because I am great, detailed, intelligent, smart, etc.’
- 6. Reward Yourself for Every Milestone: By all reason positive, celebrate yourself for every goal accomplished. Get yourself a chocolate, a new sock, an expensive wrist watch, go to the movies, do anything! Just be sure to be rewarding your success always!