Goals: How to Set and Stick to it | Genius Planner
Goals How to set and stick to it


The brain is a goal-seeking entity. After decades of research into how the human brain functions, researchers concluded that for the mind to know ‘how to get what we wish for,’ we should first choose ‘what we need.’ Whatever goal you provide to your subconscious mind, the mind will begin searching for resources, opportunities, for circumstances and different approaches to accomplish the “need” you have recognized.

Goals are the most important part of the plan and details what you want to accomplish. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of the course of your life, but properly defined goals also provides you with metrics to assess if you are on track and successful.

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting and achieving goals.

It often happens that you set a goal, but fail to live up to it. The most common example of this are new year’s resolutions. Setting a goal is not just about wishing for it to happen. Goal setting is a process that begins with thoughtful consideration of not only WHAT you want to accomplish, but also WHY, with WHO, WHEN and HOW and ends with the commitment to get it done. To help you with it, let’s check out the platinum rules of goal-setting to assist you:

Goals that motivate you:

Your goals must inspire you. It means ensuring that they are essential to you and that they are worth achieving. If you lack interest in the outcome, then the possibility of getting them done is less. Motivation is vital to accomplish goals so set goals that are relevant to your life’s highest priorities, your PURPOSE. Goals that are centered around your personal WHY and linked to your passions and values will always provide one with sense of being and understanding of personal importance.

A little progress each day adds up to big results

Goal accomplishment requires commitment, so you need to feel a sense of urgency and have the mentality of “I must do this!” to increase the likelihood of success. It is always a good thing to write down why it is essential and valuable to you to complete a goal.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals:

Perhaps the best and proven strategy is defining SMART Goals. SMART goal setting has been around for some time, over 50 years in fact. The first documentation of SMART goals was in 1968. Dr. Edwin Locke published a paper called “Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives”.  In the paper, Locke established that appropriately set goals, result in superior performance. Since then millions of people and organizations have been using SMART Goal setting to achieve success.

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. You have a higher possibility of accomplishing SMART goals than those that are obscure and without a due date.

Specific Goals: Your goal needs to be clear and well-defined. Vague or common goals are not helpful because they do not provide enough guidance or direction in life. If your goal does not make up at least one sentence then it probably isn’t properly defined.

Measurable Goals: Include exact variables like dates, or intervals, and so on, so you can calculate your ratio of success. Without a way to measure your performance, you lack the joy of knowing that you have achieved a part of your goal. Create a number of metrics around your goal, so that you can continuously measure your ongoing performance. If your goal spans a long period like a year, set quarterly milestones or if your goal is health related sent different benchmarks like weight, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol.

Attainable Goals: Ensure that the goals you set can be accomplished. When you set a goal for which you have no chance of achieving, you are just going to discourage yourself and lower your morale and probably do nothing towards accomplishing that goal. That does not mean that you set manageable goals, those are called chores. By choosing challenging yet attainable goals, that will force you out of your comfort zone, you will achieve a much greater level of success even if you don’t reach 100%. So set a difficult target that is higher you’re your average expectation, the chances are you will beat expectations. 

Relevant Goals: Goals ought to be aligned with your path in life.
This is critical and often ignored. Relevant goals give your life direction when they are aligned with your PURPOSE, PASSIONS and VALUES.

Time-Bound Goals: Set a deadline! This implies you know when you can celebrate or reward yourself after the achievement. Another reason for keeping goals time-bounded is that it creates a sense of urgency so that goals are achieved much quicker. Open ended goals are rituals, routines and habits, you should be those anyway.

A Goal is a dream with a deadline

Write down your Goals:

By writing down your goals and ensuring they are visible you make them real. You must positively frame your goal statement using words like ‘will’ and not ‘might,’ ‘must,’ and not ‘would like to’. Positive language begets positivity and negative language begets negativity

For example:

  1. I will not eat burgers for a week.
  2. I would like to give up burgers for a week.

Here, statement 1 shows passion and need, whereas the statement 2 does not represent a strong inclination towards the goal. However, burgers are still the enemy, so we should look to remove them. So, we can reward our goal to:

I will only eat healthy food for a week.

Write your goals in visible places to recall what you want to do every day. A constant reminder of your goal helps you get the work done faster.

Set a Goal with an Action Plan:

In the goal-setting phase, this step is often skipped. You get so centered around the outcome that you neglect to set up necessary actions along the way. You will know that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal by writing down individual steps and then crossing each one of them off when you complete it.

Our Goals can only be achieved by the vehicle of a plan.

Sticking to your goal!

The setting of a goal is a continuous activity and not just the end. Set up cues to keep yourself on track, and set aside time to audit the progress of your goal. Over time, your final destination may stay similar, yet the activity plan you are setting for yourself can change. Ensure that the significance, worth, and need, remain high.

Goal setting is substantially more than just saying that you need something to occur. Your odds of success decrease if you cannot link ‘what you want’ with ‘why you want it.’ By adhering to the platinum rules of setting goals, you can easily set goals and reap the satisfaction that comes with realizing that you have accomplished what you set out to do.

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