Set Goals To Move Forward: Get Life Done - Part 1

If you're not setting goals, did you know you are probably NOT reaching your full potential and are mostly likely spinning your proverbial wheels instead of moving forward in life? In my previous article I talked about using failure as a stepping stone to propel you forward, this is similar though instead of past oriented this is future oriented. Without a clear picture of where you want to go, how will you know how to get there?

Hello and welcome to the first part of my new great mini-series: Get Life Done! It's a small subsection of my upcoming major project: Better Business Hygiene. This is all about making you, your company and your products and services look the best they can. One small part of this is Goal Setting.

Setting a proper goal is the essence to any successful venture. This applies to your private life, business and everything in between. No matter what you try to do, if you do not know what the outcome will be, or at least what you want it to be you will end up failing.

How many times have you and your friends sat around bored to death, wondering what to do? Should we go out to drink? Should we play some basketball? Video games? Watch a movie? If you're stuck in that situation you need to make up your mind before you turn into a real sloth. And nobody wants that.

If you were in such a situation, how did everybody react? Probably, no body was all too happy. The mood was rather dark and someone gets annoyed/annoying? Right? It's doesn't seem like a ‘goal setting' problem, but sit down with me here for a minute and lets think about this.

How long has it been since your last major achievement at home? At work? In a relationship? It might be because you didn't set a goal. It's important to first understand what a good goal is. If you don't know that, then you can't even start. So let me help you understand how to start getting your life back on track and Get Life Done!

A goal isn't just the net on the other end of the football (ya'll American's call it soccer) field. It's the idea of that net. You see, putting the ball into the net is what every football player strives for. That is how they win and move forward (in the rankings). They see that net and know what their mission is. Nothing more, nothing less.

For you it should be the exact same thing. You need to create a goal for yourself which is as real, concrete and ‘right there in your face‘ as a football goal. A great goal has these general properties:

  • Specific
  • Time bound
  • Attainable
  • Measurable (in some way)

Like in the image on the right, there can be many other aspects. It depends on who you ask. If you ask me there are only those four requirements. Understanding why each one is important is key to your successful goals! I think probably the most important one is Attainablity

Here's why: if you set a goal and it's not realistically attainable you are 100% guaranteed to be discouraged and you will because of that: fail. And fail miserably. Though if you set a practical goal, someone you know you can achieve then it will not only boost your confidence, but you will also be much happier that you are actually getting things done. In a practical example: you are starting out with CPA (click per action). You think you know enough so you tell yourself, no problem! “Within 30 days I'll be making $1,000 with CPA per day”.

Wow, nice goal. Attainable? If you are very good with internet marketing then yeah. It's doable. Though if you are newbie and are just getting started … well, not to discourage you or anything. But you will simply not make a grand a day with CPA. That's just out of the question. How about this for a very attainable for a CPA newbie:

I will make $1.00 a day

Now isn't that a heck of a lot more attainable? Yup. Sure is. I promise you that if you set small steps, attainable goals you will start moving forward. An attainable goal is one you know you can complete 100%. Sure, keep the bigger picture in mind but set these small goals in-order to keep your mind focused on success, not failure.

Other than a attainable goal it really needs to be specific and it also helps if it's time bound. Both of these are equally important. Making goal time bound puts pressure on you to do it. This is a good kind of stress! It helps you focus on the task and get it done. By making it a specific goal, you know EXACTLY what has to be done. Down to the smallest detail 🙂

So lets take our little goal of “I will make $1.00 a day” and add a good time frame to it:

I will be making $1.00 a day by April 30th, 2010.

Very good improvement. Now lets add more specifics to it!

I will be making $1.00 a day by April 30th, 2010 at 9pm.

We just gave it a very very specific time frame. You have to be your own boss, which means you have to be strict on yourself. You need this project by 9pm on the 30th or your fired! Think of it that way. How's that for motivation? Though this goal isn't specific enough. $1.00 a day through what?

I will be making $1.00 a day through CPA offers by using e-mail marketing, craigslist ads and PPC traffic by April 30th, 2010 at 9pm

WOW! Now that, is truly a goal for the record books! That is the type of goal you have to set in-order to Get Life Done! Know where you want to go before you set off for the long haul!

The last point is having the goal measurable. In the CPA example it's a cut and dry case. It wasn't always have to be like that, but it really does help. Plus, most things can be measures in some way, shape or form. It will help you keep track of your success and tell you how far along you have progressed since when you started 🙂

Tell me about your best goal setting strategies in the comments! What has worked for you? What hasn't?

quick note to stay safe: I got both images from google images. The goal chalkboard I got from http://www.burrellesluce.com