Goal Setting Systems that Work from BestSelf
How should you think about your goal for maximum success?
You have somewhere you want to go. Getting there is going to require you to take various roads and turns to reach your destination. You're going to need a certain set of skills to get you there, and if it's a really long trip, you might even need a few friends to join you or to stay with along the way.
Some goals are like trips to the grocery store, others are like cross country road trips, and some are just a joy ride to find something you didn't know you were looking for.
Put simply, setting a goal is like inputting a destination into your GPS, but for your life instead of your phone. Think about how automatic it is to use a GPS today, how you'd rarely go anywhere without using it. This brings us to a rule to help you as you work through these pages.
Rule 2: Plans are worthless, planning is invaluable.
More often than not it's true that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Particularly when it comes to making big changes in our lives. Therefore the goal here is not to make something where nothing can go wrong or so nothing gets in your way, but rather to make it easier to recalculate so no matter what happens you reach your destination.
How to Properly Set a Goal
Setting a goal is all about finding an intended destination and working your way back from there. Sometimes the destination is very far away.
Imagine driving across the country! It will take you longer than a single day to get there, you'll need to stop along the way. But hopefully, where you stop will be nice places where you can enjoy the moment on your journey!
Be aware of how big your goal is. Start from the end result, but as you work backward, look for fun places you can rest along the way!
Don't worry we're going to explain, then show you how!
Define The Result Goal You Want
This is the destination you put into your GPS. It centers around a desire, a want, or even a need you might have.
For this example, let's say it's getting dinner.
To start your quest for dinner - you first have to decide where to go. This destination becomes your Result Goal!
Set The Progress Goals That Lead to Success
Once you have your destination decided you'll put it in your GPS! The GPS, in this case, is your journal.
From here you'll have to select a route. There are plenty of routes you can choose from. Each route will have it's own unique and sometimes shared roads or turns and each one has it's own expected time to the destination. Some of the routes will get you there fast, and some will have a nicer drive, but the good news is all of them will get you there eventually!
Each major turn or new road is marked in the GPS a point of progress. So, as you travel to your destination you're effectively going from point to point and the goal of the GPS is to clearly define each point on your route. These points for your journal are the Progress Goals.
Align The Actions + Tasks That Make Success Inevitable
Now that you know where you want to go, and how to get there, the last thing to do is make the trek. Whether walking, biking, driving, or using public transport. We have to become proficient at certain skills. Maybe we have to learn the rules of the road, how to purchase and use a bus pass, learn to walk or ride a bike.
Whatever mode you choose for the journey - you'll have to use the skills you have and sometimes even develop new skills to get there. Maybe you're in a foreign country and have never driven on the opposite side of the road! This will require an adjustment.
All these exercises of your skillsets are key Actions + Tasks you must perform.
Remember, if you've never done any of the things required to get to your Result Goal, there will be a steep learning curve to overcome! If you've never journaled before, that will also be a new thing you're learning so be kind to yourself and focus on progress not stuck spots.
Roadtripping With Your Goal
Roadblocks and Delays To Goal Progress
Just like on the road. The journey to your destination Result Goal might experience unforeseen roadblocks and delays.
This can be anything from lack of knowledge, like being unsure what the exact address is or due to unforeseen events getting in the way, like a crash or a road closure. Maybe we just get distracted by that cool store we never knew was there and spend a few hours browsing!
Whatever happens, we use the GPS to re-calculate the journey. It's the place where the overall destination is stored and though it nor you could not predict the unforeseen. It allows you to adjust, find a new route and though it will probably take a little longer to get to the destination, it takes a lot less time than if you were to shut off the GPS altogether and try to guess which way to go next.
Reaching Your Destination to Goal Completion
Should you perform your Actions + Tasks (sometimes only moderately well), you'll find yourself reaching Progress Goal after Progress Goal, and as each progress goal passes by - you'll inevitably reach the destination of the Result Goal for a tasty, tasty win!
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