There is a difference between setting a goal and achieving that same goal.
The idea of setting a goal is to move you from one place (usually “stuck”) to another. If you don’t know the way, you may well get lost or easily sidetracked, but if you have a map, even a rudimentary one or an ancient one – well used, you will get there more easily.
You may need to adjust your journey according to the conditions at the time.
For me to set a goal, I also need to include some measure of flexibility. The first thing to think about when setting a goal is where do you want to go to or achieve?
To achieve your goal you need to follow some specific steps.
Seems simple enough, but let me share some steps that I use with coaching clients with you to make it easier. Traditional and specific ways of setting a goal that I have found useful are based on using the following prompts:
- When – setting a date for when you want to achieve your goal
- What – what exactly do you want? State this in the present tense so that your subconscious mind registers the goal “as if” the goal has been achieved.
- Where – if you are looking for a new house or a job, where do you want it to be?
- How – how will you achieve your goal?
- Who – do you have anyone to help you achieve your goals? Who can you enlist to be accountable?
- Why – What are the benefits to YOU for achieving your goals?
To be continued….