Setting personal goals provides direction and purpose. They give you a path and a plan to achieve what you are aiming for. What do you want to achieve in your life? This is a big question that requires serious thought.
Here I provide a step-by-step guide to setting and achieving your personal goals.
Before setting goals you need to think about your life and what you want to achieve otherwise you may spend a great deal of time climbing the ladder only to realize that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.
Imagine if you had no limits on money, talent, or time....What would you want to? What would you like to become?
Do you just want to fit into your jeans again....perhaps have a holiday overseas.....complete a course of study....or land that dream job?
Setting personal goals is about deciding what you want for yourself.
This goal setting worksheet enables you to create an ideal vision of what you want to be you build a foundation for setting goals. These right brained goal setting activities enable you to brainstorm your ideal self.
Your 'no limit' thinking has allowed you to dream big and create a vision of your ideal personal self. What actions can you start to make to move you in the direction of your ideal personal self?
Download this personal goal setting plan (PDF file).
On this sheet write down your BIG long-term goals and the supporting short-term goals. This is one of the key goal setting strategies that takes the abstract out of goal setting and makes it real and concrete to you.
For more information on breaking your big goal into bite-sized chunks see these goal setting templates.
Setting personal goals gives you direction....a road map to success. But on your road map to success there are clear markers that you want to achieve. These markers are completion of your actions that support each of your short-term goals.
With each of your supporting actions put them them into printable master to do list.
Download your printable master to do list (PDF file).
Each week, identify the 3 most important actions and put them into your weekly planner. The aim of this is to create a habit of excellence.
As Aristotle said:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.