To that end, Robert Ollis at RobertOMath suggests that you find a quiet relaxing place where you can close your eyes and imagine how you would like things to be in one, two or three years time.
What do you hope will be different?
Here are some of the areas that you might like to consider:
|Work / study / career|
Next step is to write a goal down next to three of the suggested areas in order of priority that is, in the order that you deem the most important to the one of least importance.
Now here is the all important 3 Step process:
1. Define each of your goals
2. Set sub goals for each of your goals
3. Work to a plan of action for each of your goals
Be sure to think carefully about what you would like to achieve before you write it down
Make your goal specific
Defining your goal in specific rather than vague language helps you to monitor your progress and increases your likelihood of success. For instance ‘to be happy’ is a vague goal and is difficult to measure. It is also hard to know when you’ve achieved it because there are no clear endpoints.
To make your goal specific, you could ask yourself;
What things do I need in order to be happy?”
The answer may lie in things such as to be working in a job that I enjoy, to have some interests that I love, to meet new people, and to be exercising on a daily basis.
With specific goals like these, you can clearly see whether or not you have achieved them. This helps you to stay on track. It also means that you can then celebrate when you reach each milestone and when you have achieved your goal.
Include a time frame
Setting a deadline to achieve your goal is important because it keeps you on the go and helps you to stay motivated. Without a deadline you might find yourself putting things off and eventually forgetting about your goal altogether. Try to make sure it is a realistic span of time.
Make your goals realistic
It is critically important not to set your sights too low when you are setting goals. Most people have the capacity to achieve a lot more than they actually do which highlights another point:
Goals need to be set that will actually take you out of your comfort zone and make achieving them, very rewarding and worthwhile
However, it’s also important not to set goals that are unachievable as having unrealistically high expectations increases your likelihood of failure which will decrease your enthusiasm. It can also cause you lots of stress and anxiety.
For example, if you like sport, aiming to be playing for Australia may be unrealistic. However, aiming to get into your local team may be a realistic goal. While this goal will keep you motivated, it is far less likely to cause major stress, panic, and burn out that aiming to play for Australia.
You may also find that talking to someone you trust about your goal helps to keep it achievable. You might want to talk to a teacher, lecturer, sports coach or counsellor. If you are working you might be able speak with someone in your workplace.
Keep focused on your goals
Writing down your goal and keeping it in a place where you can see it may also help you remain focused. Maybe you could write it in your diary or stick it on your bedroom wall.
Subgoals are the specific steps that you need to take along the way in order to achieve your main goal.
Subgoals when written down, give you a path to follow.
Once you start working through your subgoals you get the sense that you are making progress, and this gives you a boost. This is important, particularly for the larger goals that take a long time to achieve.