Setting goals can be fun, and articles are setting goals can be equally fun. Why? Because there are so many. We love talking about how tos, the formulas, the best way is to set goals.
However, sometimes I believe is important to talk about the little thing that makes great goals, well, great.￼￼ Have a look at more tools to help you set better goals.
Goals can bring happiness to your life…
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”– Albert Einstein
Far too often we set goals that are separate to the whole purpose of our life. This is why I believe we are wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to set work related goals, work life balance doesn’t really exist. Work is part of your life, and therefore all the goals that you set should be tied with idea of making your overall life happier.
Far too often we try to compartmentalise our goals too much, making them feel like a burden, more than achievement.￼￼
…if you create gaols tied to your feelings
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie
It’s kind of funny to think that has humans we are looking to evolve constantly￼. History books will show that it’s literally in our nature to evolve. Therefore when people say, in a slightly corny way, the happiness doesn’t come from things from experiences they are onto something. Because the truth is happiness is tied to a feeling.
And since feelings change and don’t stay forever, we are constantly chasing that feeling.
Your goals should be there to feel and enrich your life, and trying to reach happiness on a daily basis. This is a recipe for better goals, and a much more fulfilled life.
Fail to plan, plan to fail
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
I know I talked about corny articles, so I’m going to throw a corny idea to you. Fulfilment comes from purpose, purpose is fuelled by goals. So planning your goals is a great way to live a life of purpose.￼￼
Maybe it’s the Virgo in me, maybe I just like to plan things,￼ but making time to plan my goals allows me to feel much more driven on any given day, especially on Monday mornings.￼
Push yourself to grow daily
“You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” —Steve Garvey￼
Getting out of your comfort zone is incredibly sexy. You can quote me on this. If you don’t try to push yourself, you’ll never know how far you can stretch. The more you push yourself, the more you also understand your boundaries and limitations.
Have you outgrown your goals? Do you feel like you need something new, that challenges here? This is the perfect time to level up.￼￼￼
Write your goals down daily
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen
One of my mentors has a saying which goes a bit like this;
millionaires write their goals daily, billionaires right there goes twice a day.
Yes, I promised you to stay away from corny settings, and it seems like I’m constantly feeling. However, there is some truth in this. Writing down your goals remind you what your purpose for the day is.
Writing down what you wanna accomplish on day-to-day basis helps you keeping yourself on track, as well as setting up clear intention.
Take time to set your goals
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” —Zig Ziglar
I am a big believer in smart goals. The reason why I love them is because they work. Making your goals timely and chippable is essential, because in order to know where you’re at I need to know what are you going to track.
I suggest to my clients to set up their daily plan as part of their morning ritual. Whether they meditate, move or journal l, I always recommend they make their daily goal setting part of a sacred ritual.
There are many more ways to set your goals, setting smart goals is not the only way to create goals they actually come to life. However, always make sure that your goal as a simple way for you to track your progress.
Create a clear path for your progress
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” —Michael Phelps
One of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to setting goals is not making sure we have a series of small action steps that we can get back to daily.
Every single day you should be doing one thing that will get you closer to achieving your goals, no matter how small that may be. Even better, make sure that that small thing is the first thing that you do every single day.
I want this small task to be the one that is gonna make you feel accomplished, to make you feel like you got to work and you did something productive today.￼
Don’t fall into the trick that you do not need goals
“The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.” —Seth Godin
This is a very important tip, but more than anything it’s a lesson. Setting goals is not fun. Assessing your progress, reviewing results is not necessarily exciting – unless you are me, obviously.
However, people have set goals of people that achieve bigger and bolder things. Maybe is because they set good goals, maybe is because they feel more invested into the feeling they are looking to tap into, or potentially the accountability of having a clear path in front of them helps them when things get though.
In order to make an event impact you need to get clear on your purpose, and that should be challenging you to evolve.￼￼￼
Fail hard and fail often
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
This is probably my favourite reminder. A lot of the times your goals will change. A lot more times, your goals will fail. Do you think you are going to get what you want to get but for one reason or another the goal post will move.
Sometimes failing to reach our goal allows you to get closer to what your heart really wants, and teaches you about resilience, grit and reveals your inner strengths.￼￼
Bonus tip: create a life fuelled by purpose
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” —Bill Copeland
Remember, goals don’t have to be complicated. Sunday your mango is just getting out of bed, and being able to face the day. And that’s okay. Whatever we are trying to achieve, goals are great way to celebrate I have a little win. They’re great way to remind us of the path ahead.
I do believe in the power of running on free flow, adapting, evolving, however, I find out that the old saying is actually true; you will be able to achieve whatever we set our mind to. All we need is a little motivation, and little courage. Oh yes, and a little foolishness.￼￼
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My name is Fab Giovanetti and I am a writer, author, marketing consultant, founder of the Creative Impact Group and professional troublemaker. I help people grow their online audience and monetise their content and unleash their potentials as creatives.