Do you feel like you are going aimlessly? That you do not know how to set goals and above all, that it costs you a lot to carry them out?
It is normal, it has all happened to us all, but developing the ability to set goals and create a plan to achieve them is the key to the success of your projects .
Did you know that according to studies only 8% of people manage to fulfill the New Year’s resolutions ?
Only 8%! Don’t you find it very sad?
Among the most popular New Year’s resolutions we find:
- Lose weight
- Get better organized
- Spend less and save more
- Enjoy the life
- Be fit and healthy
- Learn new things
- Give up smoking
Most people set very ambiguous, unrealistic, or goals that are not aligned with what they really want.
We are going to explain what our process is to define objectives and, above all, fulfill them.
By the way, although the New Year is a good time to reflect and challenge yourself, this process can be done at any time.
1.BEGIN WITH YOUR VISION
You can’t set goals if you don’t know what you want in your long-term life . Or yes, but then you may be taking steps in the wrong direction.
Your goals have to be aligned with the lifestyle you want.
Take time to think about how you look 5 to 10 years from now . Where would you like to live, what would your ideal home be like, who would you associate with, where would you work…
That vision will be your compass and what will help you make decisions.
Your vision is the compass to make decisions @MasyMejorCom #objetivos ”#emprender
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Remember that it is not about doing many things, but doing the right things.
DIVIDE YOUR LIFE IN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
To help you define your ideal life , there is a concept that is repeated in many personal development books. They are the areas of responsibility, the roles or categories in your life.
Call it what you want but in the end it is to divide your life into different areas that you have to pay attention to.
Think about it, how do you see yourself in 5 years?
- HEALTH : How are you physically? What are you eating? What exercise do you do
- LOVE : Do you have a partner? How is your relationship? What things do you do together?
- FAMILY AND FRIENDS : How is the relationship with your family and friends? How often do you see each other? What things do you do together?
- WORK : Do you work for yourself or for others? Where do you work? Do you have a fixed schedule? How many hours do you work a week?
- FINANCE : How much do you earn per month? How much money do you have saved? Do you have investments? Loans or mortgages?
- PERSONAL GROWTH : How are you? What motivates you? What things would you like to learn about? What habits and routines do you have?
- LEISURE AND TRAVEL : What things do you like to do? What are your hobbies? Do you travel often?
- HOME : Where do you live? What is your home and neighborhood like?
- GOALS BY AREA
Once we know what we want in our life and we have identified our areas , we can begin to think about what we want to achieve or improve in the short or medium term.
You can think within a year, 6 months, or even just 3 months.
What would you like to achieve this year?
You do not need to set goals in all areas, but having them identified in this way makes you have a global vision and not neglect any of them too much.
For example, a common mistake is often focusing so much on your jobs or projects that you neglect your health. In the end, everything is related and if you are not healthy and energetic, you can hardly be effective working.
At this level, don’t worry about being very specific and just write down everything that comes to your mind that you would like to achieve.
We could say that a goal is a long-term goal that has not yet been “landed.”
A goal is a long-term goal that has not yet been landed “#emprender
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EXAMPLES OF GOALS:
Create an online course
Write a book
Improve my blog
Improve my English
Traveling to Thailand
- PRIORITIZE AND PLAN
After doing the previous point, you may have come up with a lot of things you want to do and achieve this year.
You are very motivated and that is great.
But do not make the mistake of wanting to start everything at once because otherwise you will end up overwhelming yourself and not making progress.
You have to prioritize and plan. Ask yourself:
Of all this, what is most important right now? What do I want to focus on in the next 3 months?
The 3 month measure is quite used for this of setting goals.
There are studies that show that setting goals beyond 3 months is not very realistic since motivation is lost.
To stay motivated it is important to have a quick feedback and for that you have to FINISH things more often.
To maintain #motivation, you need quick feedback ”#emprender
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- CONCRETING: OBJECTIVES AND SYSTEMS
Now is when we transform fuzzy goals and ideas into concrete objectives.
It is often said that the goals have to be SMART . What is a SMART goal?
The English word SMART means “smart”. In the case of objectives, it is used as an acronym for adjectives:
- Time-Bound (Limited Time)
Defining SMART goals is fine, but in recent years we have learned that it is not always the best option.
There is another concept that may fit better in many cases.
It is the concept of SYSTEM .
With a system you define a series of actions that you are going to do every day (or every X time), so nothing happens if you are not clear or have not finalized the final result .
Doing something every day is sure to make you better and get closer to that goal.
A system is nothing more than a series of habits oriented to a specific goal.
A system is a series of #habitos oriented to a goal ”#emprender
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So in the end a goal can become:
- OBJECTIVE : It has its beginning and end and a concrete result. You have to establish indicators to measure progress and to know if you have met the objective.
- HABIT : Action that you want to incorporate into your life and that you will be continually perfecting or improving.
EXAMPLES OF OBJECTIVES
Improve my English
To have the C1 certificate of English on March 1
Listen to the podcast every day in English (1 hour)
Always watch movies and series in English
Make weekly Skype meetings with American or English-speaking friends.
It is not bad not to have a specific objective, it just depends on the case. Maybe you don’t need a certificate or are in a hurry to reach a level on a certain date. In that case it is better to establish one or several habits that make you keep improving.
OBJECTIVE : To
lose 5 kilos in 3 months, to run a marathon in April. SYSTEM : Go to the gym 1h every day
Improve my blog
Get 1000 new subscribers in 3 months SYSTEM : Read every other blog every hour for an hour to continue learning from them Write every day and publish two posts a week.
There are times when it makes sense to use both concepts. In other words, if you set yourself the specific goal of losing 5 kilos or getting 1,000 new subscribers, it is sure that you will have to create daily habits to achieve them. Like going to the gym, or writing every day.
Launch online course on February 15
Get 1000 new subscribers and 50 students with the launch of the course
In this case, it would not make so much sense to establish a system since it is a specific objective that has its end date. Once the course has launched, you’re done.
Well, so far our goal setting process. Now the next step is to create a plan to carry them out and review every 3 months to move on to the next.
Next week we will share our goals for 2016.
What is your method to set goals ? Do you usually meet them or give up before finishing?
If this article has been useful to you and you would like us to continue talking about these topics, leave us a comment and we will tell you how we do so, once we have identified what we want to achieve, create an action plan and carry it out.