The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide Part 2: Setting Your Goals

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Ultimate Goal Setting Guide

Complete Series

Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals You are at Part 2 of the series
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time

GSPET – Goals

If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.  ~Lawrence J. Peter

This is the second series of the Ultimate Goal Setting Guide. In this post, I will cover the first step in GSPET, which is G – Goals. In this series I will give you some criteria that your goals should have and do go through them when setting your goals. Here are the 5 factors that you should take note when setting your goals.

If you haven’t read the first part of the series, you can read it here now.

1. Must Be Something That You Truly Want

Even though you set your own goals, there are people who set goals that are not what they truly want.

Your parents, peers and society can put pressure on you. Hence, this will cause you to set goals to please them or you simply set socially acceptable goals (goals that are deem OK by the society).

You are setting yourself up for failure if you did that. If your goal is something that you do not want, you will end up failing or giving up.

Achieving your goals is not easy. It may be losing weight, becoming a raw foodist or setting up your own business, and you will end up failing if it is not something that you want to achieve in the first place.

Are you going to give 100% effort to achieve something that you don’t really want or you are not sure whether do you want it or not? You won’t give 100% of your effort and focus to do something that you don’t really want.

Read more about the power of certainty here.

2. What Is The Underlying Motivation Of Your Goals?

Do you want to become a millionaire?

I bet most of you said yes.

But the truth is you are not interested in being a millionaire. You are interested in the millions in the bank that will get you the car, the house, the party, the gadgets, the holiday trip and every other pleasurable item that you can get into your life.

If you want to lose weight, what is the underlying motivation to lose weight? Is it because you want to fight against a disease? Is it because you want to look good and feel good once again? Is it because you hate the way you look yourself in the mirror? Is it because you want to get into a bikni and be proud to show it off at the beach? Is it because you want to change your life for the last time?

What is your underlying motivation?

Think about what is the real underlying motivation in setting your goals and this reason will help spur you on at the point when you feel like giving up. It is your most powerful tool in helping your achieve your goals. Write down your underlying motivation.

3. Think Big, Think Huge

If you aim for pennies, you get pennies. If you aim for millions, you may not get millions but you definitely get more than pennies.

Thinking small will get you nowhere. If you think small, you get mediocre results. Even if you achieve it, where is the fun in achieving something that is small?

It is important to take small steps, but small steps are little steps that will move you towards your huge goals.

Thinking big helps. When you think big, your goals are huge and it is much more challenging. It will be easier to get yourself to be enthusiastic about your goals especially when it is something huge and challenging.

Will you jump out of your bed with energy thinking, “I’m going to try make pennies today!” or “I’m going to try make millions today!”?

Of course the latter.

Instead of trying just to lose 10 lbs, why not set a goal to get six pack abs? You will look much better at the beach. If you are setting income goals, instead of aiming to have an increment of a few hundreds, why not aim to double your income?

Go through your goals and think whether you are thinking big enough. If not, make some changes to your goals.

4. Be Specific, Very Specific

Ambiguous goals get you nowhere.

Which option will take a longer time to reach your destination?

A) When you have a rough idea of where you want to go

B) When you know exactly where you want to go

A is the correct answer! When you don’t have a clear goal in mind, you may end up running in circles.

When you have specific goals, you make things much easier for yourself. You have a clear idea of where you want to end up in and it is much more easier to plan for it.

Goals that are not specific include:

1. I want to be healthy.

2. I want to be rich.

What do you mean by being healthy? Does losing a pound means that you are healthier? Does eating less fast food means you are healthier? What is it that you mean that you want to be healthy?

Here are some examples of goals that are specific:

  1. I want to lose 30 lbs (Health)
  2. I want to undergo a raw food diet for 30 days. (Health)
  3. I want to exercise 6 days a week. (Health)
  4. I want to set up an online business. (Finance)
  5. I want to have 10,000 subscribers to my blog. (Blog)

Look through your goals. Are they specific enough? If not, start making it specific.

5. Have A Deadline And How Do You Know You Accomplished Your Goals?

A goal without a deadline is a dream. A deadline helps you to create a sense of urgency and it helps you to get moving.

Having a deadline will give you the pressure to deliver and sometimes we need a little pressure to help us deliver.

You will also need to know how your goals are reached. This will not be a problem if your goals are specific.

If you aim to exercise 6 days a week, you can aim to complete a 21 days challenge. Once you completed the 21 days challenge, it means that you had completed your goal.

Income goals will be easier to know that you had accomplished it. You accomplished your goal once you hit the figure that you aim to hit. When you don’t know what is the criteria that you accomplished your goals, it is like running a marathon without a finishing line. It is demoralizing and you will end up giving up.

Create a deadline for your goals now and think about what are the exact criteria that will show that you had accomplished your goals.

6. What To Do With Your Goals?

First of all, your goals must meet all the criteria below (which are what we went through just now).

  1. Must be something that you truly want.
  2. You know your underlying motivation behind your goals.
  3. You are Thinking Big.
  4. Your goals are specific.
  5. Your goals have deadline and you know what the accomplishment criteria are.

It is time to start making your goals come alive and be part of your everyday lifestyle!

A. First thing First, Write Them Down

I hope you had written down your goals and your underlying motivation for achieving your goals on a piece of paper.

When you write down your goals, you have your goals imprinted in your mind and you have lodged it in your long-term memory. Once you had written down your goals, you free up your mind and allow more space for your creativity to help you pursue your goals.

You also activate your subconscious mind or your Reticular Activation System. In short, you activated the power of your mind to help your search for ways to achieve your goals when you write down your goals.

Writing down your goals and your underlying motivation also means that you are serious about your goals and you have a way to keep yourself accountable and track your progress.

So if you have not written your goals and motivation down now, go write them down now.

B. Create A Vision Board

A vision board is a board where you paste pictures of the goals you want to achieve on it and you place it somewhere you can see it every day. We think more in pictures instead of words and pictures can invoke emotions.

When you have strong and positive emotions towards you see pictures of your goals, it makes it so much easier for you to achieve them.

When you have these strong and positive emotions, you don’t need to worry about motivation anymore. If you have something that you like so much, you will have very strong positive emotions toward it and doing it will not be a problem at all. I love running so much that I would wake up early just to go for a long run. However, I won’t be able to wake up much earlier for the day if I will need to go for a 9 – 5 job.

Read this article on how to create a vision board.

C. Go Through Your Goals Every Single Day

When you have written down your goals on a piece of paper or you have a vision board, place it somewhere that you can see it every day.

I have a morning routine when I will go through all of my goals and think what to do for the day to bring me closer to my goals.

This helps to remind me of what are the Essential Tasks (ETs) that I will need to prioritize over other tasks. ETs are tasks that will bring you closer to your goals and they are the 80/20 tasks that will have the highest impact. These ETs must be prioritized over other tasks.

I will cover more on this topic in Unleash Your Productivity Genius, my latest upcoming productivity ebook that aims to help people to defeat procrastination, takes massive action and achieve incredible results.

That will be all for today series. Start thinking about your goals for the year and think about whether your goals fit all the criteria stated above. Remember to write your goals down.

On part Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy, I will cover the other step of GSPET, which is the Strategy Stage. This is when we will start to break things down, look for your ETs and brainstorm for faster ways to achieve your goals.

Cheers
Vincent

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Complete Series

Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy – Proceed to read part 3 of the series
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time


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