goal setting - 10 steps
So once you have decided to create your goals, where do you start and how do you go about it? Here are some tried and tested steps to effective goal setting:
1. Write down your goals in full. Essentially, committing what you would like to achieve to paper can turn mere wishes into actual goals. Do this for each of the following categories:
Your goals need to be as detailed and as useful as any other workable roadmap. They should be written as positive objectives rather than negative ones. For example, it is better to state that you will live in a five-bedroom period house set on an acre of landscaped land rather than you will no longer live in a small apartment.
2. Ensure that your goals are consistent with your personal value system. Inner conflict will result if they go against your beliefs. Also ensure that your goals do not contradict each other. An objective to spend more time with your family, for example, may not sit comfortably with an ambitious programme of study.
3. Ensure that you really do want the things you are setting out to achieve. It is not helpful to create a goal simply because you believe you should want to achieve it, or because it is something someone else may want for you.
4. Become aware of any secondary gain issues that may eventually serve to derail your efforts. Sometimes there are certain things, either conscious or unconscious, that might hold you back from wanting to achieve the excellence you are dreaming of. Consider these issues carefully and then work through any inner conflict that you may be experiencing.
5. Make your gaols SMART. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound:
6. Learn what you need to learn. Your goals may demand that you acquire additional knowledge, gain a particular qualification or build a new set of skills. Remember to include such important personal development requirements into your plans.
7. Enlist the help of others. Few truly worthwhile things have been achieved alone, or at least without the support and assistance of others. A partner can help you to stay committed and motivated, but it is also helpful to avoid being too public about what you are striving to achieve. Some people can be negative.
8. Read through the benefits of your goals that you listed earlier and then clearly describe your ideal future life using the present tense. Visualise yourself having achieved each of your goals. Picture it in your mind. Taste it. Appreciate the value of having accomplished them. Do this often. Create reminders. Use storyboards and other visual aids.
9. Get started by preparing yourself and getting organised. Do whatever may be necessary such as setting up a filing system, creating a timetable, developing a website etc.
10. Be kind to yourself and reward yourself every step of the way.
Please contact me should you have any questions related to goal setting or overcoming a block in your life, or simply make an appointment to see. In this area, the powerful combination of coaching and hypnotherapy can prove most effective.
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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
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