Ten Top Tips For Successfully Setting Goals
"Goals. There's no telling what you can do when you get
inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when
you believe in them. And there's no telling what will happen
when you act upon them." ~ Jim Rohn
Would you like to achieve positive results in your life and
get what you really want? This tried and tested goal setting
strategy is an effective way to set and achieve your goals.
My Ten Top Tips are as follows:
- Write them down. By writing down your goals you
are showing personal commitment and declaring your intention
to succeed, as well as helping to clarify your thinking.
- Be specific. Write down goals that are specific,
measurable and positive. Focus clearly on what you desire,
not what you lack or want to get rid of from your life.
- Have a time limit. Set a date by which you will
have achieved each of your goals. Otherwise, it's like starting
a football match without having agreed when the game is
- Think of the benefits. Think through all the benefits
of achieving your goals, and write them all down. This helps
you clarify why they are important to you, visualise and
feel what it will be like to achieve them, check how committed
you are to working on them - and all this will help energise
and motivate you if the going gets tough.
- Consider options and obstacles. How many ways
can you think of to achieve your goal? Evaluate the results
and consequences of each. What could stop you or cause a
problem? And what about subconscious obstacles? Complete
this sentence several times to find out more - "I want to
achieve (name your goal) but………"
- Make a detailed plan. Having chosen your preferred
way forward, identify all the actions you'll need to take.
This breaks a seemingly big and daunting task down into
manageable steps, enables you to plan what to do, prepare
for problems, and reduces resistance to actually getting
- Identify resources. What skills, knowledge, ability
and contacts do you already have? What additional resources
will you require? What changes do you need to make? Realistically
review and assess this when making your plan, and ask for
extra support as required.
- Balance and fit. Check that all the areas of your
life are in balance - if not, will your various goals make
this happen? Will your goals support your long term plans
and fit your ambitions, are they worthy of you, do they
reflect your values? So while you are building that great
career or business, ensure that you are also looking after
your health, relationships, fun time, wealth and personal
- Take action! Make a start. Actually take the first
step you identified when you formed your plan of action.
- Review and reward. Set some interim milestones
as part of your initial strategy. This means you can check
your progress regularly and see that you are moving in the
right direction. And as part of this process acknowledge
your achievements along the way and reward yourself for
everything you accomplish. Celebrate!
Jackie Fletcher is a life satisfaction and mentor
coach, working with busy professionals, small business owners
and new coaches, helping them create and live the life they
really want - balanced, successful and happy. For more information
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