7 Steps to Setting Goals
|by Todd Bockman|
Todd Bockman originally posted this article on our Main Real Estate Forum.
Perhaps one of the most important things you will do to ensure your success is goal setting. Many people, however, fail to recognize the importance of setting goals and tend to pass it over as unimportant. But nothing could be more vital to your success than learning how to properly set goals.
Three basic types of goals
Ask a majority of people about their goals, and they will typically give some vague, general answer. If it's an improvement goal, they may tell you that they want to lose weight. While they may be able to lose weight without a clearly defined goal, their chances of really succeeding long-term are slim until they specify how much weight they want to lose and devise a plan for how they are going to do it.
The keys to effective goal setting
The seven keys to goal achievement
Once you have written down your goals and developed a clear idea of what you want, you still have to get there. I have put together what I consider to be the seven keys to achieving your goals. They are the crucial elements from start, to implementation, and to achievement of your goals to make your goals a reality. I want to emphasize how important it is to put into action the information that I am giving you here. It is vital to your success. Please don't take it lightly.
It all starts with a dream, a desire to have or accomplish something. If you don't want it, then why bother going after it?
In order to accomplish or acquire something, you must possess the beliefs that it is achievable and worth pursuing. Reaching this goal must not conflict with your values, and no one will be harmed or adversely affected by it. You must possess the belief that you are capable of achieving it, and that you can learn whatever is necessary to accomplish it.
You need to acquire the knowledge and information that you will need to accomplish or achieve whatever it is you are attempting. This means learning the "how-to" of what you want to do. You will also need to read about, listen to, and model someone who has already done what you wish to accomplish in order to learn the mental strategies that are necessary to accomplish this goal.
The opportunity must exist for you to take action. Is this something that you can do now? If not, when? Are there external (or internal) factors that are getting in the way?
In order to accomplish the goal, you must have a clear idea of what it is that you want, and create a compelling internal representation in your mind that you can "see" vividly. You can also use external pictures of your goal that you review daily. The better you can visualize your goal and its achievement, the better your chances of getting it.
Devise a concise plan for the achievement of your goal setting long-term, short-term, as well as daily goals. Implement the use of a day-planner system to help you plan your time and to "track" your progress towards your achievement.
Stick to it, no matter what. You must be prepared to do "whatever it takes" (without hurting anyone) to accomplish your goal. Use vision and planning to create such a great picture of your goal that you fall in love with the thought of its accomplishment. Post the following statement up on your bathroom mirror and recite it to yourself every morning:
"I will not give up, no matter how many obstacles I encounter, or how much pain I endure. Because these things are nothing compared to my desire to succeed."