Successful Goal Setting, It’€™s In the Planning

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Chunking Down Your Dream into a Series of Goals

Dreams, whether large or small, are all comprised of a series of smaller goals. When setting goals it can be difficult to know where to begin to achieve the desired outcome. And this is often where dreams get shelved.

Having a large vision is important, especially those that are so big you have no idea HOW you will achieve them.

Take a goal of losing a certain amount of weight. If you want to lose 120lbs to reach your goal weight you will need to chunk down the goal into manageable smaller weekly and monthly goals. You also need to determine a date by which you wish to achieve the overall goal.

Thus I want to lose 120lbs may be your goal but come day 1 of the new diet it will probably seem daunting and un-doable, I know I have been there (well mine was 70lbs but same feeling.)

Planning for success is very important when we set our goals, and often we set goals and then set ourselves up for failure by not planning correctly, expecting too much too soon and by not being consistent and realistic in setting the goal.

Thus wanting to lose 120lbs in 3 months would be setting up for failure and unrealistic. That would equate to a consistent 10lbs a week.

If we start with the goal of 120lbs and then reverse engineer the process we can come to a plan that sets us up for success. 12lbs per month would be a 10 month plan. So the goal would become losing 120lbs in 10 months. Now we have added a time frame and a monthly goal. 10lbs a month would be 2.5 per week, now we know what we need to do on a weekly basis to achieve the overall goal.

Once we have this information it is easier to answer the question, What steps do I need to take to lose 2.5lbs a week? Look how different that is to the question, What do I need to do to lose 120lbs?

You can use this goal setting process for any area of your life from losing weight, to making more money, starting a business, improving a relationship, etc.

It all boils down to targeting the end goal and date to accomplish it by and then breaking that down into monthly and weekly (and sometimes daily) goals to achieve the end goal.

Much of our success (and failure) lies with the planning, so today I invite you to set yourself up for success.

I would love to hear how you set goals and the triumphs and challenges you have experienced in doing so.

To your planning success!