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Goal setting is fundamental to achieving what we want. As a strategy for success, goals ensure that you are constantly pushing yourself forward, always aware of the next step.

We have nine tips to consider when setting out your goals, whether they are professional or personal goals.

1. Set one primary goal

When you sit down to consider your goals, it’s essential to push your limits but not overload yourself. Create a ‘big picture’ of what you want to achieve over a set period. It may be making a certain amount of revenue or reaching a particular level in your career. In concentrating on one big but achievable goal, you can maintain a level of focus.

2. Create sub-goals or milestones

Break up your main goal into smaller sub-goals or milestones. This is an easy way to see your progress in action, keeping you motivated.  For instance, if your goal is to attract more clients, set a goal of how many you will need to attract per month to see the numbers build gradually. While doing this, you can integrate tip number three.

When creating your milestones, how to split your primary goal. For example, increasing your sales leads by the same number or percentage every month may not be realistic. If it takes time to realise the fruits of your increased labour, consider setting yourself a target that increases each month and still enables you to hit your overall target.

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3. Measure and track your progress regularly

While working through your sub-goals, regular track and review your achievements. This doesn’t have to mean producing a graph with lines creeping upwards – you can compare revenue month by month or make a note of how many people have visited your website this month compared with last. There’s no better motivation than keeping track of progress and seeing your progression.

These regular reviews also help you review that you are implementing the right strategy to ensure you are achieving your goals. If something isn’t working, you analyse the reasons and adjust your plan accordingly, which takes us onto tip four.

4. Create a plan

It’s great having goals, but how do you plan on achieving them?  You have your primary goal and milestones. Now you must qualify how exactly you will achieve them. Your plan may focus on marketing techniques, improved communication, or increased productivity.  It’s a good idea to consider all possible alternatives, ensuring more than one way to reach your goal.

Author: Gemma Rolstone | Published 3rd November 2016

5. Visualise yourself achieving your goal

Visualisation is a powerful tool. Take some time to write down what you want from your goals and why you want it. This can be a writing process that’s part of the plan, and you will quickly see how your motivation levels peak. Alternatively, you may find images and even creating a vision board works best for you.

When you have moments of self-doubt, sit and visualise again what you are hoping to get out of the whole process.

6. Be ambitious but realistic

While being idealistic, you must always also be realistic. Set yourself challenging goals to be continually moving forward and learning, but don’t set goals that are impossible to achieve. Don’t set yourself up to fail. Leave room for the unexpected and leave room for breathing space.

7. Adjust your plan when needed

There is no shame in changing tactics if things do not seem to be going as you had hoped. There will be some variables that you cannot control, and you cannot predict the future. By considering alternative plans of attack, you will be prepared for all possibilities and adjust your plan.

8. Share your goals

Telling friends, family and colleagues your goals will allow you to hear out loud what you are working towards. Those people will play witness to your achievements along the way. Celebrate with them when you have reached a milestone and discuss options with them when you reach a bump in the road. Accepting input from others can also help you to remain realistic and help you to step back and see other opportunities available to help you reach your goals.

9. Reward yourself

See each sub-goal for what it is: another small achievement. If you continue to work without appreciating what you have achieved, your motivation levels will drop and you may begin to forget what you are working towards.

With these nine tips, you will be able to set yourself fantastically achievable goals.

If you’re struggling to set goals or remain focused on achieving them, get in touch to discuss how we can support you.