Showing you a goal setting example, or maybe more than one example, may just help simplify the whole goal setting process for you. I’ll also show you how you can benefit from actually sitting down and setting some goals with proper timeframes.
The goal setting examples I give are concentrating on timescales. Without giving your goals the proper timeframes relevant to what you want to achieve out of your goal setting, you are more than likely to fail. This is why you must take time to sit down, away from noise and distractions, and set out your goals PROPERLY, with proper timescales and realistic actions.
Q. Do you have an idea of where you are headed?
It should be a fairly simple Yes or No, but 95% of people have absolutely no idea of where they want to go, and this is where smart goal setting comes into play. If you don't already know, this is now the time to work out exactly what the SMART acronym stands for, as you need to begin to use the 5 letters to prioritise your goal setting.
GOALS CLARIFY WHAT YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DO
Here is a typical goal setting example.
Daily goal –
Today I will
However, don’t make these daily goal setting examples become just an average list of “things to do”. That defeats the whole goal setting process. You need to make sure that at the beginning of the day, when you sit down to write your goals, that you will be able to achieve them. DEFINITELY make sure you cross them off at the end of the day.
If, for any reason, you don’t reach all your daily goals, and BEFORE you put it back on as one of your goals for the next day, make sure it is realistic – maybe it is too big for a daily goal and you should add it to your weekly goals.
You can find out much more on how the whole goal setting example works in the overall scheme of the goal setting process by clicking on the link just given.
Daily goals are known as short term goals.
Medium term goal setting examples might be one week goals, or maybe monthly goals. This obviously depends on what your personal goal is.
A medium term goal example might be:
As explained earlier, the SMART goal setting acronym covers what a goal is made up of extremely well. If you are unsure what this example is then please take the time to visit more on smart goal setting as this is knowledge that should be almost second nature to you if you’re wanting to succeed.
One final example of goal setting that I want to very briefly show you here is the long term goal.
This may be 6 months, a year or even 5 years. It is, however, important to get these timescales right for your particular goal. With the correct goal setting timescales, and the concurrent activity needed to reach these goals, you will be on course to achieve your end result, which is exactly what you want!
Most people give up their goal setting activity because the timescales they have given to the individual goal is very often pie in the sky. Remember that timescales need to be realistic.
Having shown you the 3 goal setting timescales above, it’s now time to take action, to take control of your life and set realistic goals within the time frame suitable for you.
Once timeframes have been set, getting down to the finer parts of goal setting becomes much easier.
Don’t forget though, that action, desire and an urgency to achieve these results is also needed.
As Locke says in his amazingly educational book Goal Setting: A Motivational Technique That Works! “People who are given specific challenging goals perform better than people who are given specific easy vague goals, or no goals at all”.
Make sure you take the time to follow my goal seeing examples above.