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Expert Goal Setting
Goal setting might seem to some to be an intuitive process that results in achievement. But there are a few specific rules to goal setting that make the process much more efficient, and effective!
Set Yourself Up for Success from the Beginning
Huge, lofty goals are the best goals – and everyone should have big goals! The end goal, the big one, can be as big as you’d like, but make sure that’s not the only goal you set.
Smaller interim goals are necessary to ensure your road to success is a smooth one. It becomes too overwhelming to set one goal of “I will buy a bigger home next year”. But that can be an excellent end goal!
Smaller, more readily achievable goals in this scenario would be, “Pay off all credit card debt”, “save 20% down payment”, and “raise credit score”. Achieving these smaller goals sets you up for success in your major end goal!
Set Realistic Goals
If buying a house next year just isn’t going to happen, don’t set yourself a goal that big, or you’ll only be setting yourself up for failure from the very get-go. Instead, set more realistic goals that you actually have the chance to achieve.Setting realistic goals will make sure that you achieve them! There are usually many smaller goals that make up large goals, and there’s nothing wrong with setting a pace for yourself so that you stay on track. This is definitely preferable to getting overwhelmed and ending up endlessly negatively analyzing your every move.
Setting realistic goals will make sure that you achieve them!
Visualize and Believe
The goals you set become so much more concrete in your mind when you can also visualize them and believe that you’ll reach them.
The first step in effective visualization is to pull all your senses into the process. If your goal is a new, larger home, imagine how it feels to walk around in that house with ample room. Visualize yourself making a meal in the large kitchen.
You’re surrounded by the sounds of a happy family, the smells of good food cooking and the feeling you have everything needed, organized and at your fingertips.
Utilizing the senses in this way when you visualize will help secure this goal within your subconscious mind, and effectively make it easier to take the actions you need to take to work towards your goals. Your actions will follow your thoughts, so make visualization a part of your daily routine!