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Goal Setting Strategy.
Do you wish you could set goals and actually achieve them? Have you ever wondered what is the best way to set goals? Below is a post I’ve written after spending a few months researching my new goal setting strategy.
As I’ve mentioned at various points, either on social media or on the blog, I struggle to set goals and them achieve them.
I’m great at making lists and even writing my goals down. However, once that is done I tend to forget about the list and just go about my day as before.
I got fed up with this. I work from home now, running a blog, reselling and doing side hustles. I have big goals and want to achieve big things.
So I spent a few weeks researching what goal-setting strategies are out there. Which ones suit me and the one or two techniques I’ve settled on.
What I did find out is that everyone sets and achieves their goals slightly differently uniquely to them.
I did read about the “SMART” system which is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
Unfortunately, I’d tried this system before, a few times and it just doesn’t fit with my personality and the way I do things. However, on the whole, it is a great system.
As I mentioned in my post about the Law of Attraction; I’ve been exploring what the meaning and thought behind this universal law is and wanted to incorporate some of the beliefs and teachings from the law of attraction into my goal setting.
I’ve also discovered that just setting goals, either typing them into your phone or writing them into your planner isn’t good enough.
You need to also incorporate them into your daily routine. Reading over them or rewriting them to keep them fresh in your mind and helping you stay motivated to work towards them.
Here is the strategy I’ve worked out for myself:
Pick your main goals
Pick your main goals. I only have 2. I sat and realised while I was writing down all these goals I wanted to achieve they were all connected to just two goals.
My main goals I mean goals that will take over a year, anywhere up to a few years to achieve.
If you are struggling to decide upon your main goals. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and write down everything you want out of life. You really need to figure out the big goals that mean the most to you. So once you start working towards these goals, you can see how they will affect your life and improve it long term.
Then try to link similar goals together. Keep doing this until you have between 3 and 5 big main goals.
My two big main goals are
To be running a successful work from home business earning at least double what my husband and I used to earn when we both worked full time.
To make sure, each member of our little family is healthy, happy, content and fulfilled.
All my little goals all fit into these two, somewhere. The little goals will come into it a bit further down the line.
Why? Why are you setting goals?
Once you have your main goals, these become your “why?”
You need to have a very strong and important reason why you are setting these goals, otherwise, what’s the point?
Why would you bother putting in so much effort if it wasn’t something you really wanted to work for.
I always like to think that my “why” is strong enough to make me want to jump out of bed first thing in a morning and get started, it’s that important.
You also need to believe that you will achieve these goals, with determination and hard work. They are not impossible no matter how many knock backs you have had in life. You are good enough, clever enough, worthy enough to achieve the goals you set out.
Divide them up.
Now, this is the difficult bit! Taking those big main goals and splitting them out into smaller more manageable chunks. This is the part where I mentioned before you’d see the little goals again.
I split mine like this:
Main goal (yearly goals) – monthly goals – weekly goals
I have mine set this way because I know it will take me more than one year to complete my goals to the level I want.
I also admit that because my first main goal regarding the business is such a variable, there are lots of further goals to be achieved going forward.
However, now I have my goals set out like this I’m so much more motivated to work on a daily and weekly level because I know how beneficial my small efforts are in achieving the main goal.
The main goal about running a business had to be broken down many times to get the goals into an achievable size and yes, there are many steps because I don’t just do one thing to make money. I’m building a blog, a YouTube channel, a reselling business on different selling platforms and I also do side hustles such as mystery shopping and eventually matched betting.
So yes it will take time if you have similar goals to mine but honestly, it is so worth it.
Once you have the main goals and have divided them up into yearly (if the goal will take more than a year to achieve) monthly and weekly goals.
You need to devise a routine which incorporates time to work on your goals.
For me, this was easy because I work from home full time and one of my two goals is about that business.
For the second goal, we as a family have come up with routines and schedules that include cleaning, meal plans and budgets etc.
Then we discussed what was important for us all together and individually and we have plans and ideas for days out, celebrations, holidays and time together chilling in the house. These are just a few examples of what we discussed and have pencilled into our planners.
This ensures all the necessary things are taken care of. I believe having routines in place as a family, even as a single person or couple having a routine really helps. Having a budget in place, meal plans, cleaning routines, time set aside for family time or days out. All these little things really help towards a happy and healthy life, for us anyway.
I`ve spent many years just winging it and can honestly say that since organising our life like this really does help take away some of the stress and worry.
I strongly believe for me personally having routines and schedules in place is important as a rule of thumb anyway. So I knew I wanted them apart of my goal setting.
I know for sure I’m much happier and easier able to complete tasks and not get anxious if I’m following a plan and I know that everything is taken care of or will be by the end of the week/month because it has been planned out.
For this reason, having routines and schedules, I believe, aids the completion of goals much quicker and easier.
Looking over – rewriting your goals
This could be something personal to me, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
In the past I’ve written goals out in various forms, on paper, on my PC, on my phone and just as quickly as I’ve written them out, I’ve forgotten them because I never go back to check them until months later when I’ll find them and think “well that was a waste of time”!
Obviously, I didn’t want this happening this time around. So I’ve added into my morning and evening routines three new parts.
In the morning I read over all my goals and rewrite my main goals, in a short sentence in a little spare notebook I have.
I find this keeps the goals fresh in my mind and helps to keep me motivated on the task at hand.
Also in the morning, I run through affirmations. Now, this is where a bit of the law of attraction comes in. However, I was actually told to start this by my counsellor who’s helped me out with my anxiety.
What is an affirmation? It’s a statement you say out loud which can give a person emotional support and/or encouragement. This builds positive thinking and self-empowerment. It should be done every day to be as effective as possible.
Some example affirmations:
I have the power to create change
I am worthy of everything good in life
I deserve to be happy
These are not ones I personally use but they are good examples.
I do believe that when you are setting main goals in life that having a positive mental attitude is so important. Thinking and being positive helps with confidence and motivation which are both needed in the pursuit of achieving goals consistently.
The last thing I have recently started doing just before I go to bed, in the same notebook I rewrite my goals in, I make a list of everything I am grateful for that day. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant I jot it down and it always reminds me that no matter how bad of a day I might have had there is always something to be grateful for, no matter how small.
It might also help some to tell someone, friend or family member about your goals and how you intend to achieve them to help keep you accountable.
If you have a blog maybe you could write a monthly goals post, this is what I intend on doing, it just helps to push you forward a little bit knowing other people are rooting for you.
Start working on them
Once you have all these things in place and you feel ready you need to start working towards your goals, actually doing things that take you closer to the main goal.
Don’t make the mistake I have made in the past and just forget the goals list and never look at it again.
Just like I’ve had to realise we need to realise that to achieve our goals we must work hard towards it.
Having a positive attitude and reminding ourselves of what we are grateful for I believe do help towards achieving goals but there is no substitute for hard work.
When we see people making progress in life and achieving amazing results most of the time it’s because they have put in a massive amount of work. We can all achieve amazing things if we put the work in.
How about you, do you struggle to achieve your goals? Are you like me, happy to set goals but then forget about them and wonder why you’re not as productive as you possibly could be! Are you working towards setting some new goals or working out a strategy that works for you?