Smaller Goals are Better Goals
Once you have set those higher-level goals it's time to then set smaller goals. These are the building blocks and path you need to reach those higher-level goals.
As touched on previously a one-year plan, six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your overall goals is king!. You might also want to create a daily "To Do" list of things that you should do today to work towards your bigger goals.
At first, this might seem like overkill, too much "stuff", etc. It does! And can we always stick to this every day? NO. Stuff happens. Life Happens. But, with a visual, detailed, personal plan we know where to go to get back on the right road.
Staying on Track
Periodically review the longer-term plans and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experiences. There are many ways to do this either manually or via some computer tools out there but do NOT just keep it in your head!
A useful way of making goals more powerful is clearly to use the SMART goals approach. To me, in addition to making this "visual", SMART is the key. But it takes work, practice and review to make sure you are truly doing them right.
- S - Specific (or Significant).
- M - Measurable (or Meaningful).
- A - Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
- R - Relevant (or Rewarding).
- T - Time-bound (or Trackable).
Here's a perfect example. I want to drop my golf handicap from a 7 to a 3, by December 31, 2020. Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation and planning has been done beforehand!
There is SO much more in this critical area of goal setting but this is enough for now! One final thought for you is to CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES
When you've reached a goal, take the time to enjoy the accomplishment.
If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately. All of this helps you build the self-confidence and momentum to continue your quest to achieve what you deserve.