Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Setting Big, Scary Goals

If the idea of setting goals is scary for you – that is good. Your goals should be big and scary!


If you can achieve 100% of your goals with little effort, then you are not pushing yourself enough. You want goals that are about 70% attainable - 30% attainable and your goal is TOO hard.

It is important to incorporate all areas of life into your goal setting. We need balance. If we neglect our family because we are too focused on friends or neglect our work because we are exercising too much – that is out of balance.

TIPS FOR WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS:

1.   Make a list of things you are grateful for from this past year. This will help you prioritize your life’s dreams and goals.

2.   Ask yourself what areas of your life need improvement: faith, marriage, family, finance, fun, work, fitness, diet, etc.

3.   Brain storm and write down 5-10 goals. These goals should include things you want to work on in each area of life: faith, family, finance, etc.

4.   Edit your goals using the SMART criteria: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-sensitive. (see related article by Jim Rohn)

5.   Focus on the areas that need improvement (not your strong areas) and narrow your list to three major goals that meet the SMART criteria and incorporate the major desires of your original ten goals. (More than 3 is too much to focus on).

6.   Break your goals into quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals.

7.     Track your goal achievement somehow. You will need a chart or weekly journal where you can write down how successful you were that week and what areas need improvement for the following week. This doesn't have to take long but is VERY important.