Allow me to start this article with a few of my favorite quotes on the subject of setting of goals.
Setting goals are one of the crucial parts of success. Goals written down is ultimately goals that will become a reality. Every year I buy myself two diaries. One bigger one, that I purely use for my daily work activities and meetings. The second one is smaller for me to always carry around with me. This is my dream and goal setting as well as motivation dairy. Every morning at 4:30 am I start my day by dreaming, setting my goals and motivate and educate myself. Remember, small consistent daily activities lead to big wins over time.
Make sure you plan your daily time slot to make sure you get to this. I prefer my 5am time slot, as I am fresh, and I know I will have the least distraction. Goal setting cannot be mixed with distraction. Make sure to switch off all electronic devices or any other potential things and items that might distract you. You want to be in total solitude. (remember the state of solitude discussed a previous chapter)
Only your notebook, journal or diary and pen.
Now you are ready with you goal setting session (I hope part of your plan was a big mug of coffee )
If you struggle to start, merely start writing. No typing…writing. Goals written down are more likely to remember in your sub-conscious. Write down your dreams of your short term, medium term and long term.
Keep the dreams and goals realistic but far enough to expand your comfort zone.
Evaluate regularly … paging back to your dreams to keep sure you are on track.
I love this acronym of Jim Rohn – SMART – for a goal setting:
Always remember, this exercise must excite you, and not being a daily “job” You want to jump out of bed, so excited to start working on your dreams and goals.
If you do struggle keeping this up, especially in the beginning, ask someone that you look up to to mentor you. The mentor will keep you excited and committed to your goals.
Have fun! That is what it’s all about!