Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Goal Setting - The All Important Plan



Goal Setting - The All Important Plan

he concept of writing down what you want to achieve is in itself a good pursuit. It helps you to plan your day and organise your time, and also provides clear direction for what tasks you should be doing. However, to be effective, goal setting needs to go beyond just setting vague statements for the future. A clear plan needs to be put in place for how the goal will actually be achieved. More on this below.
The problem that many people face with goal setting is that their goals are really just ideals of what they want to achieve. A sound path to get there is often over looked. For example, having a goal that you want to "have a net worth of $10 million dollars by then end of 2012" is something to strive for. However, unless you have a plan for how you are going to make this happen, you will most likely (unless you win lotto or something along those lines) fail.
To develop a plan you first need to work out what it will take to achieve your goal. A good way to start is to look a several different options and alternatives for how the goal could be achieved. Once you start looking at the options you will very quickly be able to see what each option would involve and which would be the most feasible. Select the most feasible and logical option.
Once you have an option, you need to break the option down into specific tasks that are required to be undertaken. At this point it is also beneficial to chat to a mentor or someone with experience in the area that your goal relates to. This will help you avoid making large mistakes and will ensure that you are on the right track. Finally, develop up a task and project time line with time estimates.
While the above may seem like a lot of work (and it is) it will greatly increase your chances of achieving the goal. To make a comparison, when building a grand 50 storey building, the majority of the work goes into the planning and development before the construction. The same principal applies to goal setting.
As you can see from above the process of goal setting requires more than just setting vague goals or ideals that you want to achieve. To be successful you must develop up a strong goal setting plan, speak to experts and ascertain how long each task will take. Only when you do this, are you truly an active goal setter. Here's to your success.
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Rusty O'Connor has been an avid goal setter for the past 10 years and has written numerous goal setting and time management articles and has provided in-depth advice to numerous clients. Outside of goal setting and time management, Rusty enjoys Internet Marketing, rock climbing, surfing and traveling. Rusty is married with four young children and currently lives as an expat in the Middle East.
Here's to your goal setting success!