Part 1 of 5: Be Specific
2. When setting your goal, make sure you can answer the 6 “W” questions: Who, What, When, Where, Which, and Why. The more specific a goal is, the more you can find ways of reaching your target. Ask questions such as:
- Who is involved?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Where will this happen? Identify a location.
- When will this happen? Establish a time frame.
- Which requirements and restraints will be part of the process? Identify them.
- Why am I setting this goal? Jot down the specific reasons and benefits of accomplishing this goal.
3. Know the difference between a specific goal and a vague goal. For example, there is a difference between saying, “I want to lose weight” and “I want to lose 30 pounds.” When you set a goal to lose 30 pounds, you can measure your progress as you decrease your weight from 30 pounds, down to 25, down to 20, and so on. This will help you see progress and motivate you to keep pushing forward. Other examples of specific and vague goals:
- Vague: Get in shape for the summer.
- Specific: Join a hot yoga studio and practice 4 times a week over the next 3 months.
- Vague: Own a home.
- Specific: Put 50% of income into savings account for the next 12 months and talk to a realtor
Part 2 of 5: Have a concrete set of criteria for measuring progress
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when it is accomplished?
- What is at the finish line?
- Keep a journal, put up a whiteboard at the office, use your smartphone to download a tracking app — these are all tangible ways to track your development.
Part 3 of 5: Make the goal Attainable
- Are you prepared to make the commitment to reach your target?
- Are you willing to dramatically alter or at least tweak aspects your life?
- Is there a more achievable target you are willing to to work for?
Part 4 of 5: Make the goal Relevant
Part 5 of 5: Step Five: Ground the goal within a TIME FRAME
- What can I do TODAY to reach my goal?
- What can I do 3 weeks from now to reach my goal?
- What can I do 3 months from now to reach my goal?
- List down the important milestones along the way to your target. You can pair each milestone with a reward.
- Remember, your goal will be attainable if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
- Try making a list of people, things and general resources you’ll need to achieve your goal.
- Use the power of visualization. What would it feel like to taste, smell, touch your goal?
- Don’t have too many goals where nothing is a priority. You’ll never feel like you are accomplishing anything and you will likely always feel overwhelmed.
- If it’s a fitness goal you are seeking to achieve, break down the larger, long-term goal to smaller, short-term goals to avoid hurting yourself.
- Keep in mind that a high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal can also lower your motivation.