Why setting goals works. Here’s how!

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The process of setting goals will help you figure out what you want to achieve in life and in your small business.

Once you know what you want, you can concentrate your energy on making it happen instead of wasting time on distractions. Having clearly defined goals will help you measure progress, which in turn will help you to stay motivated. You’ll also increase your confidence levels as you achieve goals you’ve set for yourself. It is always a worthwhile pursuit to set yourself the goal of increasing your self-confidence, because it will compound your success. When you believe in yourself, you are more likely to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.

Having a road map for the future is crucial to success. Most people we coach need to work on their vision for themselves and on clear and concise goal setting. It’s common for people to over-complicate the while process. Your goals do not have to be major, life-changing feats. They can be as small as committing to taking one deep breath every day, or going for a walk every Saturday, even if it is raining. Small daily acts are often the most powerful of goals and offer the greatest rewards.

There are many methods for goal setting; this chapter outlines some of our favourite tips.

An effective technique is to set just three goals per year that support your values and your three-year vision, and fulfil three basic criteria, which we call the ABC:

Achievable
The goal should be both challenging and realistic; for example, ‘I will commit to coming home every day and treating my family as if seeing them is the most important meeting of my day; I will make sure the first hour I am home is technology-free time so I can be fully connected to the family. I am confident that I can be in control of technology for this important value of mine’.

Believable
As you advance toward your goal, you need to be able to measure your progress easily so that you stay motivated. For example, ‘I will commit to updating my finances on the first day of each month. This will give me confidence in life and a feeling of economic security’.

Committed
Find a way to commit to your goal; for example, ‘I will make better food choices each day to support my physical and mental health. I will prepare my food the night before to ensure my choices support me. This increases my confidence and self-worth’. This gives you a plan you can commit to rather than a vague ‘I will eat less junk food’.

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This is an extract from Chaos to Calm by Shannah Kennedy & Lyndall Mitchell published by Viking on 30 January, RRP $32.99. This book is designed to give you advice, tools and exercises that will show you how to switch off, reach your potential and achieve your goals.

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