Setting Goals and Objectives that Actually Work

Knowing exactly what you want, why you want it and when you want it is how to begin a new life. Specifically, setting goals and objectives addressing these three elements will literally call you into daily action moving you closer to their attainment. Follow these steps in setting your goals and objectives and they are no longer goals and objectives, they are reality waiting to happen.

setting goals and objectivesPlan the work and work the plan is time-honored wisdom that will get you from where you are to where you want to be. Setting goals and objectives, however, proceed the plan to be worked. Regardless if you’re starting over a career, a relationship, a business, a fitness program or life altogether, setting goals and objectives is at the core of how to begin a new life. In other words, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. You don’t want to go down that road because more times than not you will end up being a part of someone else’s plan as opposed to your own.

Knowing exactly what you want, why you want it and when you want it is how to begin a new life. Specifically, setting goals and objectives addressing these three elements will literally call you into daily action moving you closer to their attainment. Follow these steps in setting your goals and objectives and they are no longer goals and objectives, they are reality waiting to happen.

First, be specific. If your goal is to create wealth, that’s too vague. You must define what wealth is to you in greater detail. Perhaps it’s one million dollars in the bank, or maybe it’s one billion? Or wealth to you might be ten thousand dollars arriving in your mailbox every month, via a passive income stream, to pay your five thousand dollars of monthly expenses affording you to have fun with and invest the remaining five thousand dollars whether you go to work or not. That’s specific.

Second, know why you want to create wealth, and then get a burning desire to achieve it. If you want to create wealth because you simply don’t want to work, it’s probably not a good enough reason that will pull you through when the going gets tough. A burning desire to achieve wealth must be in place for it truly manifest. Dig deep and search for why you want to create wealth (or whatever your goals and objectives are). By asking yourself these questions to yourself, a burning desire can begin to be created.

  1. Why is this goal and objective important to you?
  2. What will you gain by achieving this?
  3. What will you miss out on if you do not?
  4. Who will you be able to help if you do?
  5. How will that make them feel?
  6. How will that make YOU feel?

Third, make a commitment to your goals and objectives. There’s a big difference between a “commitment” and an “interest.” Commit as if your life depends on reaching your goals and objectives. For example, you are committed to breathing. You accept no excuses because your life depends on breathing. If you commit to your goals and objectives in the same way, they will not be goals and objectives for long. They will be your reality. Not much gets accomplished when we go to work only on the days we feel like it. Commitment causes us to work on the days we don’t feel like it. Make a commitment.

Lastly, creating measures of your goals and objectives is essential. There are two types of measurements you will want to implement.

1. Distance: Break your goals and objectives down into milestones. If I’m committed to creating wealth by generating ten thousand dollars a month in passive income, my first milestone might be two thousand dollars a month in passive income. The next milestone might be four thousand, then six thousand, then eight thousand. Milestones allow you to measure the distance you’ve traveled in pursuit of your goals and objectives.

2. Time: Give your goals and objectives, and your milestones, deadlines. When do you want to create your wealth? In twenty years? Ten years? This year? Don’t be afraid to push yourself with your deadlines. There’s a law called Parkinson’s Law, and it states Work expands [or contracts] so as to fill the time available for its completion. Think of a moment when the boss buzzed you and needed [insert name of report] in the next hour. You dropped everything you were doing and got it to the boss within the hour. Now think of a moment when the boss sent an email asking for the [insert same name of report] by next week. You likely resumed what you were doing prior to reading the email and got the report to the boss next week. The task of completing the [insert name of report] consumed the allotted time given by the boss to complete. That is Parkinson’s Law. Now knowing the law, use it to your advantage and push yourself with deadlines to accomplish your goals and objectives. Be strict with your deadlines. Commit to them.

Setting goals and objectives is the first step of how to begin a new life, and unless you set them… there is no second step. So, be specific about what you want, know why you want it, commit to what you want and manage your progress with milestones and deadlines. Do that and a remarkable new life is waiting for you.

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