Little-Known Technique for Achieving Realistic Goals

It has actually taken me a long period of time to find out how to effectively set realistic goals. As I made mistakes and found out what worked for me, I thought I was uncommon-- I thought everybody easily set objectives except for me. Over the years as I've worked with and mentored people, nevertheless, I've learned my scenario was not that unusual-- in fact, it's much more typical than we think.

goal setting We've all been told that we ought to set goals, and we presume that we can-- but most of us have never been instructed how to set objectives successfully so they are down-to-earth and possible.

One of the most sobering goal setting statistics I learned in my research on setting New Year's resolutions was that 25 % of resolutions were broken in the first week. And the probabilities didn't get much better for the first couple months-- among fitness center goers, 80 % drop out within 8 weeks.

I think a large part of this is due to not having down-to-earth objectives-- without something to shoot towards, it's easy to get prevented and give up. It's tough enough to make changes in our life and complete exactly what we want-- if your objective is impractical, or not well defined, then you're beginning with an instant handicap.

So, what can you do to keep your goals on track? Here are 5 secrets for setting practical objectives.

1. Bite Off What You Can Chew

If the steps along the way to your huge goal are substantial themselves, when are you going to find the time, energy or gumption to do them? If you reasonably have only 2 hours a week right now to dedicate to building your dream job, then set a realistic goal of devoting 2 hours a week to particular tasks toward that end.

2. Set Short Term Milestones

Goals that are far out of reach are easy to procrastinate on and postpone. It's fine to have long term dreams-- but in the brief run, you must have regular mile stones also.

For instance, if your goal is to compose a book, rather than simply stating you'll compose a story this year and leave it at that, instead commit to a specific amount of pages or words a month-- these short term milestones will help you remain on track, and will make your long term goal far more manageable.

3. Be Accountable

A bunch of folks like to have a responsibility buddy with whom they share there successes and show their 'on-task, on-time' dedication to, on a weekly or monthly basis. This isn't an incentive or chastisement scheme (although benefits are fine:)). This is a method to eventually hold yourself responsible to completing your steps on the roadway to success.

4. Go Backwards

A few of the most relatively miraculous objective accomplishments have come when people start with the end result in mind and write their steps in reverse. Yep, they 'back-engineer' their own success. It's kind of like doing a maze backwards-- a lot easier than figuring it out from start to finish.

5. Begin With Just One End goal

A classic error that I see over and over, which I've made many times myself, is to be overzealous and attempt to change too many things at one time. You may decide you want to turn your life around and set out to accomplish a shopping list of objectives at once.

Regrettably, trying to achieve too many things at the same time is frequently a recipe for failure. For the majority of people, changing too many aspects of their lives requires a frustrating amount of discipline, and ends up being impractical.

I choose the approach promoted in Zen To Done-- set one goal at a time, and then as you get that goal under control, gradually include more objectives into the mix.

If you want to create a life that's satisfying, then it's a good concept to set some extremely clear goals. Big dreams and big objectives are wonderful, and everybody who aspires to anything must have a goal or more (or 3 or 4) that are so huge they're frightening. But right here's the thing: the secret to attaining the intermediary goals that'll get you there is reasonable goal setting.

Below's a handy video on the best ways to set practical objectives: