In order to be highly motivated, many people need to work towards a particular goal. They believe that having a goal in sight is a key motivational factor to why they succeed. Is this just an opinion? Or a fundamental component to long-term success? Researchers in the past say that “you can’t get where you are trying to go until you clearly define where that is” they believe that goals help you focus and allocate your time and resources efficiently, keeping you motivated when you feel like giving up!
So let’s say that this is true, what should your goals be? Something you can touch or experience like holiday or a new watch? Or an achievement like a particular dress size you have always dreamt of being? Personally I don’t think this matters as long as you have something to give you that get up and go feeling!
Please see below some important tips suggested by various influencers* around the world for anyone new to goal setting:
State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Execute this technique well” is a much better goal than “Don’t make this stupid mistake.”
Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control!
Set realistic goals – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions.
Be precise – Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you’ll know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.