I wrote an article recently about “5 Star Goal Setting & Getting” as a guest blogger over on gps-SpeakerMarketing.com (check it out) but I reserved the ideas that follow for my own readers. Take a look at the ideas below and leave a comment to tell me if you think they will take your goal setting (and getting) to a whole new level !
1) Start small when Goal Setting.
It is more important to develop the habit of goal setting and getting than it is to go for the biggest goal you can imagine. Certainly there is some excitement when you “reach for the brass ring” but setting and achieving goals will give you the confidence to actually tackle your larger goals.
In addition, smaller goals can lead to bigger goals. You might find that once you meet a certain goal that the larger goal no longer excites you and you can make adjustments along the way.
2) Grow your goals.
Build on your successes and learn from your failures. As you strive to expand your goals, the skills you learn on smaller goals will help you on the way to bigger and bigger goals.
3) Celebrate and enjoy your success.
Goal setting adds a clear cut sense of a black and white to what is usually a long road of gray. Life is a journey and we often forget to celebrate our accomplishments when we are caught up in the process and focused on the goal on the horizon.
Finally, rely on motivation, not self-discipline.
A good goal is exciting when you set it. You can envision it happening and it fills you with anticipation of its completion. The problem is most people do not hold themselves to that standard of motivation and they set goals that do not get them excited.
Think about it …
If your goal does not motivate you now, how likely is it that your motivation is going to carry you all the way to completion? Self-discipline is a wonderful thing, but it is a limited resource and if you start using it up right from the start, there won’t be enough “gas in the tank” to get you to your destination. Save your self-discipline for the times along the way when you encounter stumbling blocks or obstacles and have to put in an extra effort.
Set your first goal … and go for it !
Goal Setting Bonus !
As an added bonus, I’ve created a downloadable free pdf 5 Star-GoalSetting-handout that I use for my 5Star Goal Setting & Getting workshops. (Right-click highlighted text in the previous sentence and select “Save As” to download the pdf worksheet to your computer). If you want to learn more about what each star represents, be sure to read my guest blogger article over at gps-speakermarketing.com/goal-setting/.