7 Steps to Craft a Powerful Goal in 2018

A focused target will teach you the discipline you need to achieve it.

The end of 2017 is just around the corner, and most of the people have already crafted their 2018 goals. Even though they’ve crafted the goals, the challenge of accomplishing them remains.

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A significant number of people will fall into setting their goals as new year’s resolution. The problem with most new year’s resolution is people get bored and never accomplish them. There are many factors involved.

What are these contributors hindering new year’s resolution achievement? There are many factors, but one factor that people always overlook. What is it? The goals are not compelling.

How can one create a great goal? It is easy, but we miss simple things that make goals powerful. To fully understand the concept, let’s go through these steps.

Be Clear About What You Want to Achieve

What is it that you want to achieve? Be clear about what you want to accomplish. For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose weight; you may say, “I want to lose 20 pounds in 3 months.

This goal is focused and will direct you to lose 20 pounds in 3 months. A focused target will teach you the discipline you need to achieve it. The golden rule is to be specific about what you want to accomplish!

Make Your Goal SMART

How often have you heard this phrase, “Make your goals SMART.” Spend some time to craft your goals to meet the SMART criteria.

Specific: Be brief and focused on what you want to accomplish.

Measurable: How are you going to know if your goal is a success or failure?

Attainable: Is your goal something that you can achieve?

Realistic: Be realistic and set a goal that you can achieve.

Timely Manner: Plan the time you need to achieve the goal.

These are the main steps you need to follow to craft a SMART goal.

Write Every Little Part of Your Goal Down

Once you have a clear goal, write it down including all the tasks and sub-tasks. A goal that is not written down is hard to track and achieve. Start with a big job and break it down into small pieces.

Why? It gives you the opportunity to review and track your progress. It’ll also give you a chance to make adjustments. You can use any tool for that; there are numerous ways you can do this.

Visualize the Achievement of Your Goal

If you set a long-term goal, imagine the result. Your imagination may motivate you to accomplish the goal on time. Live the dream even before you make it a reality.

Sometimes it does not hurt to live the dream. Image what it would be if you reached your goal. Even if you do not finish it, imagine that you have.

Be Attached to Your Goal Emotionally

Why do you want to achieve this specific goal? What makes you emotionally attached to your goal? Discover why you badly want to reach your goal and make this a reason a motivator.

Regrettably, some of us develop strong goals but lack the emotional part of goal setting. If you are not emotionally attached to your goal, you may quickly quit when unplanned events occur.

Make Your Goal Enjoyable

Why do most people quit their goals? They become apathetic and find the goals not enjoyable anymore. Discover things that will make your goals enjoyable when the going gets tough.

It’ll encourage you to keep moving forward even when it gets tough. A little humor to your goal may help you when things don’t go your way. It is a great stress reliever.

Stop Being Perfect and Take Action

Perfection kills the momentum! You may work hard to make your goals perfect; it will only slow you down. Make it simple and adjust as deem necessary.

Take action towards achieving your goal instead of trying to make it perfect. Nobody is perfect! Knowing this, stop wasting your time in perfecting your goals and take action towards achieving them.

What other approaches you can use to craft a powerful goal?

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