Goal Setting Rules

To do lists. There’s something so magical about the beginning of the year. The idea of a fresh beginning and hope for a better year. I also start by creating a list of goals I want to accomplish. Mostly involving places I want to go and how I’m going to budget and save to do so.

I am still so energized by the plans I hope to accomplish I only hope that excitement doesn’t fade as life likes to take over. How to stay focused the whole year is my year's goal. To accomplish your goals, you need to know how to set them. It can't unfortunately just be an "I want..." and expect it to happen. It will take some careful consideration of what you want to achieve and a lot of hard work to actually do it!

5 Simple Rules:

It's important that your goal motivate you, make sure they are something that is important to you and that you will gain value by achieving them. Motivation is key! Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don't provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

Set goals that have a high priority in your life, without this type of focus you can end up with far too many goals, with little time to truly devote to each one. Achieving goals take commitment and an "I must do this" attitude. Otherwise, you risk putting off what you need to do which will lead to disappointment with yourself, demotivation yourself further. Resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Make sure you set goals that require you to "raise the bar" and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.

Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as "To reduce expenses" how will you know when you have been successful? In one month's time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years' time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.

Your goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.

Write it down! The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word "will" instead of "would like to" or "might." Use a To-Do list and post your goals in a visible place to remind yourself every day of what it is you intend to do.

Lastly, remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change significantly. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.

How are you making sure you stay on top of your goals this year? What kinda of goals do you have?

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