The Golden Rules of Goal Setting

The Golden Rules of Goal Setting

From inspiring women such as Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to world champion athletes, they all do one thing in common, set goals. They don’t all have to be lifelong ambitions like going to the moon—instead, they are multiple short-term and long-term plans that will help motivate and influence your decisions. If you are like us and are a little bit lost in these crazy events right now, then there is no better time to take a step back and set some goals.

21 July 2020
Goal Setting
Goal Setting

What Is Goal Setting?

What Is Goal Setting?

Before we jump into setting goals, let's discuss 'what is goal setting'. We see goal setting as turning your ideal vision into reality. By following a goal-setting process, it helps give you a clear direction to concentrate your efforts. Setting goals is great for influencing day to day decisions while also giving you a tangible objective you can work towards step-by-step.

Some of the key reasons we set goals are:

  • Creating motivation in life
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Learning new skills and abilities
  • Help influence decisions

While it's possible to get through life without setting any goals, the experience of achieving one of your lifelong dreams is a feeling you will never forget! All of our inspirational women that we based our Icons range off all were keen goal setters too, from Jackie Kennedy's desire to champion the arts, to Marilyn Monroe's dream of becoming an actress.

Goal Setting
Goal Setting

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

While there are many ways to set goals, at Review, we use the simple framework of S.M.A.R.T.:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Relevant

T = Time-bound

By ensuring that each goal we devise meets this criteria, we are giving ourselves the best chance of not only achieving them, but smashing them in the process. As an example, one of our goals could be writing a novel. Here's what the S.M.A.R.T. framework could look like:

S = Write a fiction novel

M = The final written noval in paperback form

A = Achievable through monthly writing

R = Aligns with the person's passion for writing

T = The novel needs to be done within the next 5 years

So now, instead of just a whimsical, "I want to write a novel", we have a much more powerful, action-orientated goal of "creating a fiction paperback novel within 5 years by writing some of it every month." The more specific we can be, the clearer the next steps will be. 

Goal Setting
Goal Setting

Choosing Life Goals and the Steps to Achieve Them

Choosing Life Goals and the Steps to Achieve Them

Now comes the fun part, choosing some long-term life goals you want to achieve. Start by thinking of 2 or 3 long-term goals you want to achieve currently. These goals should take about 10 years to complete while also being easily broken up into manageable stages. It could be anything from: 
 
  • Reaching a certain career position
  • Having a particular amount of savings to buy a house
  • Competing in a high-level sporting competition
  • Creating a series of artworks to be shown in a gallery
  • Starting your own business

While it's fine to include others in some of your goals (e.g. win this year's sports championship or a savings goal with your partner), the goal still needs to be personal to you alonge, not anyone else. 

Goal Setting
Goal Setting

How to Stick to My Goals?

How to Stick to My Goals?

Once a long-term goal is set, let's break it down into smaller pieces to make it achievable. To do this, we plan smaller milestones or goals in the lead up to the long-term achievement. Back to the example "creating a fiction paperback novel within 5 years", we could do the following:

  • End goal / 5-year goal = Publish the novel in paperback form
  • 4-year goal = Complete the novel ready for editing
  • 3-year goal = Novel to be 75% complete
  • 2-year goal = Novel to be 50% complete
  • 1-year goal = Novel to be 25% complete
  • 6-month goal = Storyline and character arcs must be confirmed
  • 1-month goal = Beging planning of the novel
  • 1-week goal = Start brainstorming stories of the novel

By breaking it down into smaller, short-term goals, it will always give us something to be motivated towards.

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Goal Setting Tips and Tricks

Goal Setting Tips and Tricks

With the right planning, we know you can achieve anything you set your mind to! Here are a few final tips and tricks to considering when setting your goals:

  • Prioritise goals: If you have multiple goals you want to achieve, decide on which one you want to work towards first. While it is possible to work on goals at the same time as others, it's usually better to focus your efforts on one rather than many.
  • Write them down: We all forget things, even our important life goals. Always write them down and have them somewhere clearly visible so you know what the next step is (e.g. like on your fridge).
  • Make them realistic: While certainly everything is almost possible to achieve, also consider what is realistic for you. Setting realistic goals that are both challenging and long-term is the key to success.

It's time to go out and smash those goals!

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