How to set goals that deliver results

A lot of articles are written about goals but why it’s so important?

When you set goals, you take control of your life’s or work’s direction. 

Goals provide you with focus.

And when you have clear focus all your decisions and actions bring you closer to achieving those goals. When you create a vision of what your life or business could look like. Then you start helping yourself and your team to achieve the goal and get the best results as possible.

Think about it for a moment.

Setting goals keeps you moving, increases your organization and brings you happiness.

How to set goals effectively?

  1. Before setting the goal think about the results you want to see. It’s really important to ask yourself: Is this goal something I truly want? You should understand that only sincere desire to achieve the goal can help you.
  1. Create SMART goals. Here are the SMART criteria:
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Realistic
    • Time-bound

In addition, the goal must necessarily be positive. You can use any principle of goal setting and transform it for yourself.

  1. Write your goals down. Yes, do it!

Written goals become real and tangible, from this moment they’re not just the idea in your mind. Keep your goals somewhere visible. While you’re writing down your goals, use a positive tone so you stay excited about achieving them.

  1. Time to create an action plan and timeline

Many people set the goal but never create an action plan to understand how exactly they will meet that goal. Your action plan should all necessary steps you need to take to get the results. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your action plan. If you want to use crayons, markers or colored pencils – do it. As a part of your action plan use timeline, it helps visualize roles, tasks, milestones and deadlines to achieve your goal. Also timeline creates a sense of urgency, which  motivates you to stay on schedule.

  1. Take action

To achieve the goal, it is not enough to set it, it is necessary to act. Every step that you take should lead to another until you finish your goal.

  1. Control and evaluate your progress

Consider scheduling a weekly evaluation, which could include measuring your progress and checking your schedule. Make necessary adjustments and keep going. The process of setting goals makes you achieve the results faster and more efficiently.