Goals… It seems like at the beginning of every year, goal setting is all anyone’s talking about. Some people call them goals, some people call them resolutions. Either way, setting a goal is basically charting a path to where you want to go. And I believe goals are good to have, but I also think sometimes people have a really difficult time setting them. That can be for a number of reasons, but that’s a rant for another blog post. Today, I want to talk about a simple way to set goals.
So if you’re looking for a robust, complex method that’ll take you hours to do, stop reading and go someplace else. If you want something straightforward and simple, you’re in the right place. Let’s dig in.
To succeed in reaching your goals, you have to do three things… just three. The first thing you have to write them down, second, your to share them with somebody third, you have to look at them again periodically.
Writing down your goals gives you tangible evidence of the path you set and decided you want to go on. It’s not a fleeting thought, it’s something you can go back to and look at anytime. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the Notes section of your phone. You can even save them as voice memos, if you want to listen to them. Again, it doesn’t matter… you can put them in a Word doc, you can write them in a notepad or put them in a planner… All these examples are just to say, put them someplace where you can easily access them again.
If you’re not sure what to set goals about, I usually look at different areas of my life and divide them into three groups, cause I like three, can you tell? Three works for me. And apparently so does rhyming… Anyway, my three go-to categories are family, work, and physical health. Sometimes people put Spiritual in there, too — I group that in with family.
In those areas, I think to myself, “Are there things that aren’t going as well as I’d like them to go? Am I unhappy with any area of these parts of my life?” And if there’s something related to one of these categories of my life that makes me feel stuck or frustrated, then I think, “Is there some small thing I could do to change it?” The answer to this question is my goal, so I write it down.
Don’t get too excited and set 100,000 goals. For right now, just focus on a few. If you need to write down 100,000, that’s cool, but focus on a few at first and keep the others as backup for future manifestation.
All right, you just wrote down your goals. Good job. Next thing you have to do is….
Sharing your goal plan is one of the things that makes your goals real and helps hold you accountable for actualizing them. It’s a little embarrassing to brag to your best friend or spouse or co-worker that you’re going to turn into a butterfly next year. Because you know that’s not a realistic goal.
Sharing your goals helps you think through them and process them so you can set goals that are actually realistic. Give the people with whom you shared your goals permission to follow up with you on your progress towards reaching them. In this way, you’ll be more likely to attain them. You can even share how you plan to accomplish your goals. It’s all up to you.
Last but not least, you have to…
Again, the reason we wrote them down is because we don’t want them to just be a passing thought — we want them to be something more solid. If you can go back to your goal plan and look at it again, you can determine whether or not the goals you set are still right for you.
You have the right to review your goals and prioritize. You can remove a goal from your list, and accept it as not completed because, in the end, that goal wasn’t right for you.
But you can also look at the goals you set in the beginning and say, “Oh wow, I totally forgot about that and need to work on it.” Or you can look at a goal and say, “I’ve already accomplished this and can cross it off my list.”
When you’re writing your goals, make sure that you include a couple that you can get right away. It’s highly motivating to see progress quickly, so don’t be ashamed to put some easy ones in there. But once again, don’t overwhelm yourself.
And that’s it — that’s goal setting. You’re going to write them down in a place where you can find them again, you’re going to share them with people to help hold you accountable, and last but not least, you’re going to look at them regularly so you can reassess.
Now go forth and set goals.
Monica is the creative force and founder of MayeCreate. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Economics, Education and Plant Science from the University of Missouri. Monica possesses a rare combination of design savvy and technological know-how. Her clients know this quite well. Her passion for making friends and helping businesses grow gives her the skills she needs to make sure that each client, or friend, gets the attention and service he or she deserves.
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