10 Goal Setting Steps

Working towards a goal – any goal – takes time, motivation, and planning. The following are 10 steps that are necessary to help you strive towards you goal. Whether it’s in business or a personal aim, using the following steps can really help you power towards whatever it is that you want to achieve.

1. Believe in the idea and yourself

Believe in the idea and yourself

Belief! It’s crucial. If you don’t believe that achieving the goal is possible, then in all reality, you’re never going to get there. And of course, you have to also believe that you have the ability to reach that goal.

2. Visualize what it is that you want

Visualize what it is that you want

There’s absolutely no point in only having a ‘woolly’ idea as to what your goal actually is. You need to able to ‘see’ it. For instance, if you’re aim is to rise up the ranks within the company, then visualize yourself sitting in that seat and making the decisions that such a position requires.

If it’s something more personal – say you’re an athlete – then think about exactly where you want to be in, say, a year’s time.

In both examples, you need to understand what changes have to take place for you to achieve the goal, and what you need to do to accomplish them.

3. Understand why you want to achieve the goal

This is a deal breaker! Because if you don’t understand your inner motivation, then you’re never going to stay motivated. Perhaps it’s financial gain, or recognition. Perhaps you want to take your business to new heights, or you want to achieve your Master’s degree so you can get the job you’ve always dreamed of.

It doesn’t matter what your aim is. But truly understanding why you want to get there is crucial.

4. Write it down in black and white

Write it down in black and white

Never underestimate the power of writing down your goals. And be sure to look at them often – because they might just change as time goes by. Put the list in a place that you can look at it on a daily basis – and make sure that you do!

5. Set up an action plan

Set up an action plan

This is really motivating – to actually sit down and put down in writing exactly the steps you need to follow to achieve your goal. Be realistic – make it an action plan that is truly possible to follow. Ticking off each action one by one as it’ achieved is a huge motivator towards the end game.

In addition, an action plan keeps you on track – it keeps you organized. Makes sure you put down priorities to be achieved, and add any deadlines as time goes on.

The thing about an action plan is that it’s dynamic. Don’t be afraid to add things or mix it up a bit as you work towards your goal.

6. Commit to achieve

So, this might sound a bit ‘psycho-babble’, but it’s truly not. You need to commit to achieve your goal. Understanding your purpose – really, REALLY understanding your purpose – will help you to honestly commit to reaching your goal.

Try writing down the reasons why you want to achieve. You’ll be amazed at how good such an action is to truly understand why you want to reach this goal in the first place.

7. Focus, focus, focus

Focus, focus, focus

You need to focus on a daily basis. In fact, if you really want to reach your goal, it’s a great idea to sit down for 5 minutes at the beginning of each day and focus on what you need to do in order to continue working towards your goal.

And undertaking daily focus will also help you from going off track. In other words, you’ll be able to spot any little deviation way before it becomes a major problem to overcome.

8. The time for action is NOW

Any time you might feel a little de-motivated, think of something you can do right now to take even a tiny further step towards your goal. It could be as simple as writing a quick email, or even sending a text. After all, it’s the little things that add up together to become the big things. So don’t procrastinate, do something RIGHT NOW…

9. Be accountable

Because you (yes, you!) have to take accountability for striding out towards your goal. If you’re not getting there, it really isn’t the fault of anyone else, or the circumstances, or ‘bad luck’ – or whatever. It’s you, and only you. There are many ways you can help to hold yourself accountable. One simple way is to tell others what you’re aiming for. This simple act can really help. And you never know – you might receive feedback that could be invaluable!

10. Take time for regular reviews

Take time for regular reviews

In the same way that focusing at the beginning of the day can help the journey, so can reviewing at the end. Or perhaps you review on a weekly basis – it doesn’t matter – it’s whatever works the best for you and your individual situation.

Reviewing will help you understand if you’ve got too hung up on a particular aspect of your journey, or if you’ve missed out on something important. It will also help you discover if you’ve got a bit waylaid, and therefore need to pull yourself back on track.