How to Set Goals for Yourself

The word ‘goal’ is synonymous with the game of football. If you think about it, life is like a game of football. Both are goal driven and the way to reach these goals is through discipline, strategy, and hard work.

Having goals for oneself can be both challenging and deeply satisfying at the same time.  So, how can you go about setting goals for yourself? Let’s take a closer look.

For starters, contemplate and introspect a little to understand what aspect of your life you require goal setting for?

In this age of technology, you can find a number of goal setting tools online that could give you the motivation and discipline you might lack in pursuing this task. Once you’re set with at least an idea of what you wish to achieve, you can move on to the next steps. Let’s look at some ideas for life goals and how they can help you:

1. Narrow it down

As we’ve mentioned earlier, it’s best to narrow down what aspect of your life you need goal setting for. Some people might require help on a personal level; others might require help dealing with their careers, or their finances; some might require fitness regimens, and so on. You will have crossed your first hurdle if you can pinpoint exactly why you require goal setting tools instead of moving about in circles. You can also consult a professional to help figure out what aspect of your life needs guidance.

2. This is about you

As members of the human race, we are often bothered about what other people think. We are conditioned to keep our friends, families, relatives, colleagues, what have you, in mind. If you want to achieve your goals, then this mindset needs to change. While it is great to care for other people and their opinions, it might hamper your personal growth. It is okay to be a little selfish while setting your goals. In the longer run, you will only be able to help others if you are content with yourself and your life.

3. Make a check list

No, making lists is not nerdy or silly. In fact, it is a great goal setting tool that helps provide more emphasis to your goals. A to-do list is a great idea for life goals for a particular day, week or month. Once these tasks become second nature, you will be on your way to an improved self and improved lifestyle. At the end of the day, once you’ve checked everything off your list, reflect on the tasks you’ve completed and how it felt. This will give you a degree of satisfaction and motivation for the days to come.

4. Perform and Persevere

The only thing that matters more than setting goals is making sure you’ve reached your goal. It’s not always going to be easy but stay focussed on the bigger picture and follow through, no matter what. There might be a number of distractions, de-motivating factors and people or situations ready to thwart your road to success but find the power to persevere, one way or another.

In order to reach an end point, you need to start somewhere. So, before you focus your attention on setting goals, ask yourself one very key question – “where do I see myself two years from now” or “five years from now” or “ten years from now” and let that be a starting point for your goals. Then commence work on a micro level and work towards your goals every single day.

To get started, download your FREE goal setting worksheet here.

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