A simple goal setting template involving 10 simple but effective steps
Do you need a goal setting template to help you set and achieve your goals? Here are 10 simple, yet effective steps to follow.
Goal setting step 1: Always state your goals in the positive
Use only positive language when describing your goals. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, don't talk about dieting, losing weight, or giving up unhealthy or fattening food.
Instead set your goal as your ideal weight and focus on that. Consider your goal to be healthy eating rather than focusing on what you want to lose or give up.
Goal setting step 2: Visualise your positive goal and include even the tiniest of specific details
Totally immerse yourself in the way your goal would feel. Use all of your senses to experience your goal as if you already have it.
Whether or not you believe in the law of attraction, focussing on your goal in this way is a powerful tool for helping you to focus on achieving it.
Goal setting step 3: Be able to initiate action yourself
It's your goal, no-one else’s, so if you want to achieve it then you need to take responsibility and take the first steps yourself.
If you don't yet have everything you need to achieve your goal—for example if more learning is required—then take action to get more training or enrol in a course.
Look at your resources.
- What do you have already to get you started?
- What do you need?
- How can you get it?
- Then act.
Goal setting step 4: Be aware of how your goal will affect others
When thinking about your goal, your planning should include some serious thought as to how the achievement of your goal will affect others.
If you embark on that new career will it mean you see less of your family? Would moving to that dream house mean that your children have to change schools? These things shouldn't stop you but they need to be considered.
Goal setting step 5: Take Small Steps
A huge, life changing goal can be overwhelming and easy to give up on when it just seems impossible to achieve. To avoid this you need to break your goal down into small, manageable steps and literally take one step at a time.
When imagining yourself in your goal as in step 2, look back at your path that you would have taken to achieve that goal and see each of the steps you would have taken.
- If one step that you take doesn't go as planned then you can just rethink the next step, rather than see your whole plan as a failure.
- ou can also take great satisfaction in the achievement of each step and this will give you encouragement.
Goal setting step 6: Acknowledge what holds you back
If you have been aiming for this goal for some time and not yet achieved it then be honest with yourself about the reasons why.
- Are you someone who procrastinates?
- Do you get easily distracted?
- Do you give up every time something doesn't go quite as expected?
Acknowledge these aspects of your personality and include strategies in your planning to overcome them.
Goal setting step 7: Defend against the doubts of others
Your dreams are precious to you, this is your goal and your life plan. It is vulnerable, so protect it from doubts and criticisms of others.
People will often use their own experiences or beliefs to judge your goal, whether they mean to or not, so be very careful who you share your dreams with. If people respond negatively to your plans then this can be just the reason you need to give up, or might strengthen any fears you may have.
So protect your ideas and only share them when you need to or feel safe to do so, or when you feel confident enough that you will achieve your goal that it wouldn't matter what anyone said
Goal setting step 8: Pause, but don't stop
Every now and then, particularly in times of doubt or if you feel like you haven't got anywhere, or that it's just never going to happen, take a breath and pause.
Don't stop completely, you don't want to lose momentum, but just pause briefly, take some time to pursue other interests or even just go for a walk, and when you feel ready take a look back at what you've achieved so far.
- If you have taken the advice above and set your goals in tiny steps, then you have probably achieved a lot.
- If it helps you then write a list and tick things off as you go along.
- But sometimes you will need to take a break and look at how far you've come, and say 'well done' to yourself, before carrying on.
Goal setting step 9: Be clear about why you want this
Sometimes it isn't what you think it is. You might think you want a particular thing, but when you really look at it, it's actually the lifestyle that goes with it.
You may be thinking that you want a particular highly paid job, but do you really just want the huge salary that goes with it and the things you would be able to enjoy as a result?
Think, it is the job itself that inspires you? If so then great. But if the reality of the long hours, extra responsibility, stress, and lack of leisure time actually fill you with dread, then your goal is not the job, but the lifestyle. So find another way to achieve this lifestyle that fits more with your personality.
Goal setting step 10: Turn problems into ways to find a solution
If something hasn't worked, identify any elements of it that did work and build on them. Or treat the experience as one of several possibilities that may have worked, but this one didn't so you can cross it off the list and try the next one. Don't see failures, see learning experiences.