How to Set Realistic Goals?
How often is it that we achieve the goals that we set at the start of each year?
Sometimes we are so caught up with life that we forget about our goals.
Then there are times when you don’t seem to me making progress fast enough and life seems to be stuck in second gear for far too long.
You are putting in the efforts but don’t seem to be making any real progress.
This could be due to one or all the reasons below:
- Not Taking Action
- Forgetting about Goals
- Setting Unrealistic Goals
While taking action is the foundation to being successful it is easy to get discouraged and disheartened when you don’t see the results you were hoping for even after putting in the efforts. This could happen if you have set unrealistic goals.
In the comment section Andrea asked me how to keep goals realistic?
A question that we often do not consider during planning & goal setting.
Is my Goal realistic enough to be achieved?
I do not mean question your ability or doubting yourself. It’s not the goal but the deadline that could be unrealistic.
Let’s take an example of weight loss as a goal.
The ideal way to lose weight would be slowly and gradually over a period of time. Yet people will sent unrealistic expectations and go on a crash diet. The problem with diet is that you can live on a diet for only so long. The loss of weight gets easily reversed when you stop dieting.
Here the expectation to lose weight is unrealistic [in a matter of weeks] and the method no sustainable.
So How Do You Set Realistic Goals?
What Is My WHY?
The most important step of setting your goal is to know your WHY.
Why do I want to do this? Why do I want that?
Write it down so that you always remember.
You are going to need it when you no longer have the motivation or will power to keep going.
Where Am I Now?
Assuming your goal is to be a writer. As a writer where do you rate or rank yourself now. What are the areas you need to work on?
If being wealthy is one of your goals, you should be clear on how broke you are.
If having a great career is your goal then your current state should be clear.
Where Do I want to Be? How Do I know When I Get There?
You have your WHY and you know WHERE you are right now but how do you know when to stop? Think of it this way.
You decide you are going to run a mile tomorrow morning, you set out in the morning and keep running but how do you know when to stop.
Yes you want to be wealthy but what is your definition of being wealthy?
These 2 questions will make your goal really specific.
Define the Timeline
Setting a realistic timeline can make a difference between achieving a goal or quitting without making much headway.
When you think of defining a timeline you also need to consider the resources at your disposal. By resources I mean time, money and how much of both you have at your disposal to achieve the goal.
You also need to consider that along with working on this goal there are other things that you might have to do. If you want to be an online entrepreneur along with having a fulltime job, you need to be realistic about the time you are going to be able to spend building your business. Also delay and procrastination is going to make sure that you don’t reach your goal on time.
- Know Your WHY.
- Measure Your Start Point, Set Your End Point.
- Allocate Time Based on your schedule
- Take Action & Measure Progress