I encourage you to take some time right now to write out one goal you have for the future. Get the goal setting worksheet to help you below. Once you have written it down, go back and make sure that it’s S.M.A.R.T.
Be it personal or for business, the main effective goals are designed to be S.M.A.R.T.: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time Date After that, develop a detailed action plan, with target dates, for achieving your goal. An action plan simply lists the steps you need to take to get from where you are now to the end point of your goal. No action step is too small to list. The objective here is to break down the task into manageable pieces. Finally, schedule those actions into your daily appointment calendar. That way, you won’t forget about them, and you can’t employ the “I lost the piece of paper” excuse. You should repeat this process every month with a new goal, periodically checking your progress with The Wheel of Life until you can honestly report that your wheel meets your own standards of success. And don’t stop then – life is always changing…moving on; new goals are always needed. Ritualize this process: Make it a habit.
Just as patients rotate to you when their health falters and their home remedies do not work, you can turn to a professional coach should your wheel of life become critically misshaped. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Whether you need help with financial planning, family counseling, spiritual growth, career guidance, time management, or any of the other facets of a successful life plan, your life is too valuable to leave to chance. Once you’ve identified a serious problem, the first step of your action plan may simply be to seek expert advice.
Goal setting and achievements are lifelong processes. Don’t fall into the trap of continually waiting until your next achievement before you celebrate. Make a intensive effort to enjoy each milestone as you travel the road to success; don’t waste time worrying about goals you haven’t yet reached. Keep your expectations realistic: No one reaches all of his or her goals. Remember that development is always ongoing. Relax, and enjoy the process