3 Step Goal Setting Process

In the previous article we discussed 7 reasons why you must set goals for your life. Today we will go into the process of goal setting using a 3-step process model. This  model of goal setting uses a set of three questions to help you set your goals. Here it is:
Before you can figure out where you want to go you need to know where you are. The first step in goal setting  is to analyse your current performance. How are you doing in each of the 8 areas of your life? Once you know where you are it will be easy for you to figure out where you want to go and how you will get there.
Here are the 8 goal areas of your life:
1. Finances
2. Career/Business
3. Health/Fitness
4. Personal Development
5. Spiritual Life (you are a spiritual being having a physical experience, not the other way round)
6. Relationships
7. Recreation
8. Contribution (legacy)
In each area of your life grade yourself on a scale of 1-10 where 1 represents the worst case and 10 the best case scenario. If you do this exercise on a wheel of life the resultant shape will have a lot to say about the balance (or lack thereof) in your life. The best result is where the resultant wheel is round and smooth.
One mistake people make in goal setting is to concentrate in one goal area at the expense of all else. You must strive toward creating a fine balance in your life. If you are not doing well in one area it will affect the other areas of your life. If your relationships are in a mess, for instance, the effect will spill over into your work and your financial life.
This does not mean, however, that you should spend an equal amount of time on each area of your life. Some areas will need more time and effort than others. The point to remember is that none of the areas should be neglected. Also, the goals you set in each area of your life must be complimentary.
You can not hit an uncertain target. You need clarity in your vision. If your life was ideal where would you be, what would you be doing, what kind of house would you be living in? Most importantly, what contribution would you have made to your community, city or country? Create an ideal situation of each area of your life. At this stage don’t worry about how you are going to achieve your vision. What you want to do is to create a vivid picture of the life you want.
“Man must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become; and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the Supreme that all his desires are granted to him.”-Wallace D. Wattles
Do not be scared of the space between your goals and your current reality. The fact that you can dare to dream it means that you can develop the required ability to achieve it.
In spelling out where you would like to be you need to be specific. How much by when? It is not enough to say that you want to lose weight. Neither is it enough to say that you want to improve your finances. Are you going to lose 2kg every month? Are you going to double, triple or quadruple your income? Now you know what you want. You also need to know when you want to have that.
Important at this stage is to give yourself a target. When will you achieve this goal? At this stage don’t worry about how you will achieve your goals. What you need is to be clear about what you want and when you want it.
“If for some reason you don’t achieve your goal by the deadline, simply set a new deadline. There are no unreasonable goals, only unreasonable deadlines.”~Brian Tracy
As important as it is for you to know exactly what you want you also need to know why you want what you want. What is your motivation? The stronger and clearer the reason is the more likely that you will achieve your goal. Write down your reason for wanting to achieve a particular goal. Your reason is what will keep you in the game when the challenges start coming in (and they will come).
You know what you want, when you want it and why you want it. The next step is to make a plan on how to get there. Most likely, your goal is audacious and a little bit scary! You have set yourself an elephant of a goal. That’s okay. Now, what will you need to do in order to achieve the goal? What are the skills you will need to learn…the people you will need to engage? What can you start doing NOW that will set you on a path to achieving your goal? In the end it’s the little things you do and the consistency with which you do them that will determine whether you achieve your goal or not.
Make a step-by-step plan of how you will achieve your goal. Write down whatever you think can help you in pursuit of your goal. But don’t break the law!
“If you are clear where you are going (goals) and you take several steps in that direction every day, you eventually have to get there.”-Jack Canfield
1. Break the goal down: Spread out your goal-related activities into manageable chunks. How do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time. Use the same approach with your goals. Don’t try to eat the whole thing in one bite!
2. Don’t wait until you have a perfect plan to start: Knowing what you know now make the best plan you can make and start working on it. As you get more information keep on adjusting it. The most important thing is to start-even if you don’t have all the tools you might need. Start with what you have now.
3. Get feedback: Once you start working on your plan you will get feedback from ‘the system’ and from other people. Feedback allows you to check what’s working, what’s not and what you need to do more of or change completely.
It will do you a world of good to actively seek feedback from mentors and others who have already achieved what you are trying to do. You don’t have to learn everything the hard way.
4. Nothing works until you do: No matter how good your plan is it will only help you if you work on it.
“Take the first step in faith.You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Article credit: Isaac C. Mwiya
Writer | Motivational. Speaker | Trainer

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