Guidelines to Successful Goal Setting

Guidelines to Successful Goal Setting


Guidelines for Successful Goal Setting

Setting your goals is really quite simple. There are a few guidelines that I use that help to support and guide me to achieve the goals I want to reach.

I look forward to sitting down and planning a strategy for my next set of goals. Before I learned the importance of setting goals and really understood how to do it. I had considered it like a chore, or like homework. But now, I actually enjoy it the process.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when setting your goals:

Be specific and clear.  – Use details, and positive words that have meaning to you.

Make the goal measurable. – Use numbers for you to get to (weight, dollar amount, amount of time etc.) so that it is obvious. You’ll be able to tell if you’ve achieved your goal, or how much farther you need to go to reach the goal. Using numbers is a good tool for you to measure your progress and to keep you focused.

Make your goal attainable. – In other words, create your goal to be simple so that you can reach it. If your goal is too complicated, or has elements that are beyond your control, you may be unconsciously setting yourself up for a failure.

Give yourself a time frame for which to have your goal completed. –  Having an end time helps to keep you focused and motivated.

Make your goals relevant to you. – Design a goal that has meaning for YOU, and is important to YOU.  Your goal should be worthy of you and be a reflection of your vision or values.

Design you goals to be inspiring. – Create goals that excite you, not drain you. You should feel drawn to your goal. Make them fun and uplifting. I find that half the process is on the wording You can turn something boring into something fun simply by using the right words. I like to use words like explore, create or discover in place of find or figure out,  release instead of lose etc.

Focus on your desired goal and create action steps to reach them. – With each goal you set, write down 3-5 (or more) actions that you can do in order to build up and get you close to achieving your goal. Doing this breaks down the goal into smaller, possibly easier steps. Then, each day, make sure that you take at least one action each day.

Set your goals in a different environment than where you spend most of your time. – Changing things up will give you a new perspective. It helps you to change your mindset and see things in a different light. You can also put yourself in an environment you would like the goal to result in. For example, if your goal is to receive/make/earn more money or upgrade to a more affluent lifestyle, you could ride an elevator to the top of a 5 star hotel and create your goals there. Make your goals from where you want to be. Want to be fit? Set your goals at the gym, want to spend more time in nature, construct your goals at the local park.

These guidelines are given to help you in the process of setting your goals. Whether you follow all of them, or just some of them, the important thing is to take action. Set your goals, go for them, and have fun.



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12 Responses to Guidelines to Successful Goal Setting

  1. The tried and tested approach to goals is true! Plus the newer ideas of making them relevant to us and creating them in a different environment.

    The making them relevant to us is just a wonderful thought. So often we create goals because of what ‘it’s supposed to look like’ rather than our deeper desires and priorities. Thanks for a lovely guideline. I’m going to go read it again now!
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    • jodene says:

      Thank you Christianna.
      I find that if my goals are relevant to me, and who I really am, than I want to try harder to achieve them. I am glad that you enjoyed the post!

  2. Richa Singh says:

    I like the last one. to create a goal and set it in a different environment. It does help to add more fun and also creativity and passion this way.
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    • jodene says:

      Thank you Richa.
      Environments affect everything we do. Everything is an environment. I like to go to the beach or park when I set my goals. Sitting around the house doesn’t let me be creative and I find it hard to let my imagination soar and really think about what I want, and what I can create. The hard part is to try not to let myself get distracted! 🙂

  3. Good reminders, I am always to vague when thinking about goals. I also like the inspiring not draining approach!
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    • jodene says:

      Thank you Brandi.
      Making your goals specific and fun (not expiring) can make the whole goal setting and making fun. I couldn’t imagine my life now without setting my goals! 🙂

  4. I love your breakdown on setting goals. Very well put. I particularly like “Focus on your desired goal and create action steps to reach them.” I think that is key to achieving our goals is to be able to see the small steps that move us towards them.

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    • jodene says:

      Thank you Heather. I appreciate your comment. In my experience, breaking my goal into smaller steps kind of brings it into perspective. No matter how big my goal is, having baby steps makes the goal seem achievable.

  5. Casi says:

    That’s what I do with my writing. I deliberately set a goal for the month. Then I figure out what I need to do to reach that goal (usually a number of words per day). Then I devise strategies to allow me to write that many words per day.

    I’m not as successful with dieting and exercising. I think I don’t want it enough yet.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • jodene says:

      Goals are a great, organized way for us to complete something that we want to get done. Devising a strategy and breaking your goal down into daily smaller steps is definitely a way to reach success with your goals. Dieting and exercise……that can be a tough one! Good luck 🙂
      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Don Purdum says:

    I agree with everything but one point – I believe goals ought to stretch us and make us shoot higher than we believe we can go! Why make make them attainable? When we make them unattainable, we reach the attainable and many times go further than that!
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    • jodene says:

      Don, You are right, and thanks you for pointing that out. Goals are to help us to learn, grow and be our better selves. I should go back and add: that I was referring to if you are new at the process, I believe, making them attainable would discourage someone giving up on reaching for his or her goal, or feeling like a failure. Sometimes, I think someone may want to lose 20 pounds for example, and lose only 8. I would like to set the goal at 5, and be super excited that I went above and beyond. I definitely love the way you look at goals!
      Thank you for sharing – you make a great point!

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