7 tips for setting and achieving big goals
By Anne Bachrach
A.M. Enterprises (The Accountability Coach)
Effective goal setting and achievement is actually not something that a lot of people are familiar with. I once heard a statistic that said that only something like 3 percent of Americans actually write down their goals. However, those within this percentage are some of the wealthiest people on the planet. Smart, effective goal setting and achievement is essential to success, which is exactly why it is such an important concept to grasp and implement.
As a successful business owner in your own right, you no doubt have at least a working knowledge of goal setting. But today, we are going to explore seven tips for setting and achieivng effective goals that might help you to become even more successful. These tips will be able to help you as you set your own goals and seek to further your own success.
"Set the kind of goals that will make something of you to achieve them." — Jim Rohn
Tip 1 — Make sure your goals are worthwhile
Are you choosing goals that are worth the effort? Wasting energy fulfilling goals that you don’t really care about can drastically affect you in all kinds of negative ways. Chasing goals that are not worth the trouble to you will almost always result in failure, which will not only set you back, but will also serve to demoralize you and keep you from realizing your full potential.
Tip 2 — Write down specific goals
A lot of people commit to goals, but fail to make them specific. This can make it difficult to get a real sense of direction or purpose as you seek to achieve them. For example, saying that you would like to increase your profits by $75,000 next year (a specific month, day and year) would be a specific goal. Saying that you just want to "increase your profits," however, is not a focused goal. This type of goal is really difficult to stick to, and will more than likely end up getting dropped before you achieve it.
Tip 3 — Make sure your goals are believable
One major tip is to make sure that your goals are actually believable. This is a relatively well known fact, but it is also extremely important. Setting goals that are not realistic or that you can't even get your head around will almost certainly cause you to abandon them.
Tip 4 — Set goals that stretch you
Slightly less well known is the fact that your goals should definitely challenge or stretch you. If your goals don't challenge you, you could lose interest in your goals or not feel as good when you achieve them. You also run the risk of getting bored with what you are doing if you fail to challenge yourself appropriately.
Tip — 5 Set specific deadlines
Deadlines should be an important part of every goal that you set. Always attach a month, day and year to when you want to achieve each goal. This gives you a timeframe to work with, which helps as you formulate a plan for achieving everything that you plan to accomplish. Deadlines should be timely and challenge you, but don’t make them so difficult that there is absolutely no margin for error. Tip 6 — Figure out why you want to achieve your goals
Wanting to achieve a goal is all well and good, but unless you know exactly why you want to achieve it, you are going to end up having more trouble than you might have planned on. It can very difficult to not lose heart and give up on your goals when you do not know why you are bothering with them in the first place. Try asking yourself to figure out your purpose:
"The most successful people believe that they have purpose and are destined to achieve that purpose one goal at a time." — Anne Bachrach
Tip 7 — Celebrate achievements
Every time you mark a goal off of your list, make it a habit to celebrate. You don’t have to do anything crazy or outlandish, but make sure that you do something you enjoy. Perhaps you could take your spouse out to dinner, do what I call the "money dance," leave the office early, or treat yourself to a day of golf? Celebrating achievements will help to program you for success, and will make you more likely to continue to achieve goals without getting tired and giving up.
What should you do?
Make sure that you go over each one of these seven tips, and think of each one as they apply to you. Once you have figured out exactly what it is going to take to make your goals a believable stretch, you will be closer than ever to increasing both your success and your profits on a consistent basis.