Goal setting helps you to create and live the life that you desire. It helps you to decide and focus on what it is that you really want to achieve and to take action to get the desired result. It gives you clarity and direction because if you don't know where you are going, you'll never know when you get there.
My goal setting procedure is as follows:
Your goals should not be restricted to one area of your life. Have a written goal for each one of the following and any other areas you might be interested in:
For each area, write down what you would like to achieve regardless of whether you think it is achievable or not.
You should decide how long it will take you to achieve each goal or target. Against each one, write down the estimated time for achievement.
For each target break down its timing into shorter periods and decide what you will achieve in each period. If my dream was to become a proficient guitar player within 3 years then I would do the following:
This clarifies my intentions and gives them direction. It is also an action plan. I would review this action plan every month acknowledging what I have achieved and revising what I have not. Should I decide, at a later stage, that I would prefer to learn a different instrument then I would change my goal and revise my action plan.
Creative visualization is a powerful tool that goes hand-in-hand with goal setting. It places you in a success mind frame. For each goal, write down what you would see, hear, feel, smell or taste when you realise you've been successful. Make these as vivid as possible and then, on a daily basis, combine all these senses to vividly imagine having achieved your result. You will find yourself suddenly noticing opportunities that have always been there but that you had never seen before.