Two leading scientists in goal-setting theory, Locke and Latham, conducted over 400 field studies over a period of 25 years. Their findings are valuable and easily applicable to everyday life for efficient goal setting.
1. Know exactly what you want
This may sound obvious but unless you know exactly what you want, how can you achieve it? The more details, numbers, dates you can plan the better. You need a very clear focus of what you do want in order to receive it.
2. Why you want it
What are the expected outcomes when you achieve your goal? What is the value you will receive after achieving the goal? Studies show that if goal is not significant enough, you have higher chance of not succeeding or simply giving up. So one of key elements of goalsetting is to understand, how significant is the goal for your life.
3. Write down your goals
This is one technique that sorts out the people who succeed and the people who fail. We are constantly reminded how important it is to write down your goals yet very very few of us do it. According to research you are 95% more likely to achieve your goal if it is written down. Enough said. Do it!
If you try and achieve a goal that you don't truly believe in, your subconscious mind will not allow you to achieve it. You'll only succeed in tearing yourself up inside. As Napoleon Hill said, "Whatever the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve"
emind yourself constantly of the goal
The more you repeat it to your subconscious mind, the more it will be programmed in. There are a variety of techniques you can use including repeating affirmations or using subliminal software. If you spend a lot of time on your computer I recommend using software that flashes messages on your screen that only the subconscious can pick up.
6. Be passionate about your goal
You're far more likely to achieve your goal if it excites you. Think about all the benefits to you once you have achieved your goal. Imagine how you would feel, how would your life be different.
7. Break it down into bite size chunks
If you have really big goals then great. The only way you'll be big is to think big. However sometimes you may need to break it down into smaller intermediate goals. It makes it easier for you to believe it's possible and it helps you organise yourself on a short, medium and long term.
8. Reward yourself along the way
Every Time you have some success make sure you reward yourself. It will help keep the desire and enthusiasm burning. It will also tell your subconscious mind you're achieving your goals.
Remember the only way you will fail is if you give up.
9. Don't stop when you're tired, stop when you're done
Ultimately the only person who can stop you achieving your goals is YOU. Fear and self doubt are common enemies but are only created in your mind. You must also make sure that you are concentrating on what you do want, not what you don't want.