To set realistic goals is the essence of everything
Realistic goals sound so evident that you often forget to go after them.
Probably you have thought about your rules for goal setting several times. No matter if you would like to plan what you want to be doing in five years, or if you would like to schedule what has to be achieved by the end of today. In both cases, you need to have a structure and specific rules for goal setting.
If you want to have success, you need to have rules for how to achieve your goals. Without realistic goals, you will lack focus and will be running around like a headless hen.
The goals will be different for every new project and also for every individual. We can also use different methods to set the goals. In my case, there are two activities in my life I'm passionate about. One is my online business as an independent entrepreneur, and the other one is marathon running. Both activities require a lot of work, but also proper planning to reach the goals.
On the Internet, there is plenty of different advice about how to set goals. But in one way or another, they all come down to the same.
Two so completely different activities as running and doing business online as an independent entrepreneur, will, of course, have two different goals. It's interesting though is that the method to set the goals is exactly the same.
To Set Realistic Goals Always Follow the Same Pattern
When the goal-setting hasn't been done correctly, to go out for a run will quickly turn into a frustrating and demotivating thing. The excuses to not run will start to pop up in your head, and your "productivity" to find reasons not to run will soon take over. If you don't take any measures, your running might soon only remain as a memory.
A classic example is all the new runners you will find the first days of January every year. The New Year Resolution delivers a lot of new and enthusiastic runners. However, after a week or two, they are all gone. Why? There are no real goals behind the resolution, or worse, no goal at all.
The same goes for your online business. With the constant flow of offers on the Internet, you will easily get into the trap to try all these "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunities, or at least lose focus on your business
With a well-established goal, the risk to deviate from the route toward the goal will be minimized, if the rules for goal setting are correct.
Goal Setting is the Start
Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve. Spend all the time you need before setting the goal, because the goal will be your supreme leading-star for all activities towards your goal.
In the following video, you will get to know how a marathon goal was achieved by applying the five mandatory rules for goal setting.
There are two essential pillars to consider when setting your goal: your dream and your accountability to make it happen. We all have different styles and habits in life. How to achieve goals should always follow your way of working and thinking. However, experiences show over and over again that the following five rules for setting realistic goals still must be in place, to accomplish your goals.
Rule #1: Motivating goal
Maybe it seems unnecessary to tell you that it's essential that the goal motivates you. However, often, we follow the general trends among friends and set goals according to the environment where you hang out.
Perhaps the goal doesn't fulfill your sincere desire. Motivation is the key to achieving goals. Avoid all common pitfalls when setting up your goals.
To assure that your goal is your real motivation goal, try to find your “why.” Why is it important to you?
Rule #2: S.M.A.R.T. goal
Probably you know already what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is. The question would rather be, do you apply the rule?
Specific – Realistic goals must be crystal clear. If your goal is vague, you will quickly lose focus and direction towards the goal.
Measurable – a goal must be possible to express in numbers. To lose weight isn't quantifiable, but to lose 10Kg is a number that you can relate to during the process.
Achievable – make sure that your goal is possible to achieve. To set goals that aren't possible to reach will only demoralize yourself and contribute to lost confidence. However, do not mix up attainable with challenging. A goal should be challenging and achievable at the same time
Relevant – to set appropriate goals goes hand in hand with setting motivating goals. To establish a relevant goal, you should have a burning passion for really making it happen. During the journey, you will have to challenge different obstacles. That is normal. But if the goal isn't relevant for you, it will be problematic to overcome the obstacle you will come across during the process.
Time-bound – in the same way, that you need to set specific and measurable goals, they also need to be time-sensitive. You should set time frames for all the sub-goals as well as the primary goal. Without a time-bound, the whole process can quickly run into a never-ending story, where you step by step also will lose motivation, focus, and direction.
Rule #3: Write it down
By writing down your goal, you will make it tangible. There will be no excuse to forget what your goal really is. Believe me; it's easier than what you can imagine to lose focus on your goal, forget the goal or substantial parts of it.
According to investigations, you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals, only by writing them down.
When making an audit of where you are standing in the process, view the written goal, and use it as the frame to follow. When making to-do-lists, or whatever method you are using to plan for the daily work to do, it's a good idea always to have the written goal in front of you. By forgetting your goal, it will happen more than once that you might reprioritize working plans for a specific day.
Rule #4: From goal to an action plan
This part is often missed out. I include myself in this. Your focus is so concentrated on getting results as fast as possible that you easily forget to plan the different steps in the process.
To have a specific action plan will be your roadmap towards your final goal. Sometimes during the journey, you just get lost for any reason, and then you need to consult your action plan to get on track again.
Rule #5: Stick to the plan
To set goals is not a static thing but an ongoing activity. Revue you goals and you plan frequently. Maybe the project or even the goal will need some kind of adjustment.
You need to keep your goal relevant, challenging, and motivating whole the time. Therefore, your plan always has to be optimized. Remember that your goal will be accomplished. Quitting is not an option!
How Shortcuts can be a Part of Your Realistic Goals
We all search for shortcuts in life. To use shortcuts can be a complete disaster or a vital time-saver. It all depends on how the shortcuts are integrated into your goal setting.
Train to run a marathon without the necessary mileage in the program isn't a shortcut, but you're rather cheating yourself. To carefully and intelligently chose the correct training program for you, can be an essential shortcut to achieve your goal.
The same goes for online entrepreneurship. To believe that a successful online business is something that will happen by pushing the "magic" Internet button is not a shortcut but a fatal mistake.
If you use systems and platforms that already exist in the market, you will achieve your goals sooner than what you can imagine. It's a real shortcut and indeed an essential part of realistic goals.
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