Goals Session 5: Goal Setting Tips 1-4

Over the last four sessions, we’ve begun to define what a great goal is, and we’ve started exploring what it means to build a goal.

Today we’re going to begin talking about some of the steps you’re going to take when crafting a goal.

Over the years, I’ve devised some very specific steps to be used when you’re creating a goal.  I’ve taught these to thousands of people over the years, and have witnessed some very dramatic results.  They work—if you work them!

Here’s what I call the “9-Steps of Setting Goals:” 

You’ll notice that there’s a line between numbers 4 and 5.  You’ll use steps 1-4 when you are crafting the goal; steps 5-9 are what you do after you’ve set the goal.

We’re just going to tackle steps 1-4 today.

Step 1: DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT  (Be Specific.)

Step 2: MAKE IT MEASURABLE AND REALISTIC

Step 3: SET A DATE

I’ve already explained these three steps in Session 4 when I was describing “SMART” goals.  If you’ve not read that post yet, you can find it here: Session 4

Step 4: WRITE IT DOWN

There has been significant research done on the value of writing your goals down on a piece of paper.  For the sake of time, I’m not going to go into it all here.  If you’re interested in this type of research, do a Google search on the subject.

The results of the studies have confirmed conclusively that when you write a goal down, something magical happens.  The chances of you accomplishing the goal go significantly up when it’s written on a piece of paper.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • When you write something down, it becomes a “living / breathing” entity.  It’s there on the paper—you can see it!  When it’s in your mind, it’s vague.  Putting it on paper brings clarity.
  • When you write your goal down, you trigger what’s called the Reticular Activating System (RAS).  (Click on the link and you can read a short post I wrote several months ago on the subject.)  In a nutshell, the Reticular Activating System is extremely powerful.  It activates a part of your mind that helps you zero in on certain things.
  • And most importantly, “What you think about comes into your life.”  This is probably the most powerful statement I’ll write in this series on goals.  Few people understand and use it though.  I want you to be one of those people!  A couple of examples:  One of my current clients wants to develop a Mission Statement for his company.  His goal is on paper.  We’re taking action on it.  And guess what?  In a couple of weeks, he’ll have a very powerful, clear Mission Statement which will help guide his company for years to come.  Another client really wants to go on a mission trip to South America. She’s told me that she’s desired this for years.  But now we’re working on it.  It’s on paper.  She thinks about it all the time.  I see the jungles of South America in her near future.  When it was in her mind, it was vague.  But after it was written on paper—it’s going to happen!  I’m very excited for her.

So let’s clarify what you’re going to do when you set a goal.  You’re going to get very specific about exactly what you want. You’re going to make it measurable.  You’ll check to make sure that it’s realistic and that you can actually accomplish it.  You’re going to make sure that there’s a completion date in the goal.  And then; last but not least, you’re going to write it down!

In our next session, we’ll begin exploring some of the steps you’ll use after you’ve written your goal.

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