Updated: May 27, 2021
Goals should be challenging, yet achievable. To set powerful goals, you first need to research your dreams to learn if they're achievable and how to reach them. For maximum success, ensure your goals meet the following criteria.
Match Your Core Values
When your goals align with your core values, you will more likely achieve them. If you're struggling with reaching certain goals, see if they truly fit with your values.
Be in Control
Who else will be more dedicated to achieving your goals than you? Any goal that you control 100% is a goal you can reach. While goals that rely on others aren’t wrong, they are harder to achieve. Be intentional in achieving your desired result(s).
Envision the Goal. If you can’t see the end result, it will be difficult to achieve the goal. Create a vision board for your goal so you review it daily.
Every goal you make needs to be very specific in nature. If you really want to be sure to reach the goal, you have to know when you reached it. Instead of saying “I want to start a business,” state exactly what type of business you want to start, who you want to be your clients, and other information that makes the goal more concrete.
At which point have you achieved the goal? If you can’t give a number or something that is measurable, then you won’t have a real goal. If you want to use the business example, you might include that you want to earn x amount of dollars each week by a certain date and then how and why you are going to do it.
To achieve any goal there has to be steps that you can take to get there. Like using a map to reach a destination that you want to go to on vacation, you need to draw a map to your vision of success with the steps and paths you’ll take along the way. Put not only what but also when, and how you’ll accomplish the step.
You don’t want to write a goal that is too hard to achieve or worse, impossible. This can be highly demotivating. Be sure that it’s scientifically possible to do it by researching everything realistically. For example, you’re not likely going to start a business today and earn six figures by tomorrow or even the first year in business. Look at the research and determine what is doable and how you’ll do it. Talk to a business coach to ensure you understand important and relevant aspects of business.
Every goal has to have a time limit otherwise you may never achieve it. Start with the end in mind and work your way back to today, creating the list of things to do each day to finally reach the end result. But, do set a time limit. You can adjust as you get into the project if it works to be more realistic but resist the urge to change the time because you’re not sticking to your task lists.
"Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you." - Author Unknown
If you use this method to create powerful goals that you can achieve, you will not experience a lot of failure because you can always adjust your timeline and your goals as you learn more.
The important thing is to give each goal a lot of thought, consideration and study before setting it.