In viewing some blogs this evening I noticed a few people were bummed out about their inability to reach goals. I thought this information might help.
1. Start With Short Term Goals
If you set a large, long term, goal, for example, making $25,000 a month, without setting small goals you’re likely to become discouraged quickly. Set small, daily, goals and review your goals each day. Don’t set your short term goals for more than 90 days, any longer than that is a long term goal.
2. Your Goal Must Make You Stretch
If the goal you set is easily reachable without you working hard to achieve it, it’s not much of a goal. Set your goals where you’ll have to push yourself to get it done. It’s OK if you fail, what matters is that you tried.
3. Make Your Goal Believable
Do you believe you can achieve your goal? If you don’t, you won’t be willing to pay the price to achieve it. Make sure that you see yourself achieving the goals you set for yourself.
4. Put Your Goal in Writing
If it’s not put in writing, it’s a wish, an idle dream. While you don’t want to make a goal inflexible, you don’t want it to be so flexible that it means nothing. As the saying goes, "If you don’t know where you’re going, you never know where you’ll end up."
5. Build Your Goals Around Your Activities
A common mistake is to build your goals around reaching a particular number that might be hard for you to control. When I was reflecting on my goals here on OpTempo I realized I had done this myself in my November goals. Instead, you should build your goals around activities you control. For example, I shouldn’t have a goal of having 100 RSS subscribers by the end of the month. Instead, I should set goals that focus on what I will do to gain more subscribers. Setting your goals this way prevents disappointment when outside factors interfere.
What do you think? Do you have any goal setting tips you would like to add?