When goal setting, the biggest place where people slip up is in creating a goal that is broad and general; for example “I hope to exercise more.” With this type of fluffy statement, how will you know if you have succeeded? Here are some tips for writing a powerful goal that you can actually commit to.
Make a statement: leave words like “want”, “wish”, and “hope” out of it. This is not a request, it is a goal, so say it like you’re going to make it happen: “I exercise more”
Be specific: what type of exercise are you doing? “I lift weights more”
Quantify it: how often are you exercising? “I lift weights 3 times a week”
Give it a due date: what is the time frame? “I lift weights 3 times a week, every week in 2016”
Frame it with a growth mindset: Use language that is growth-oriented. Even if you don’t achieve your goal to 100% completion, it’s important to focus on the progress and the improvements you did make. If you set your mind to focus on your development of a skill or trait, you’ll be more likely to actually put the work in to reach your goal, and even if you miss the mark, 90% won’t feel like 0%. “I lift weights 3 times a week, every week in 2018 to improve my strength”
That goal is powerful because it is clear, growth-oriented, you will know when you have achieved it each week, and others can hold you accountable to it. Now give it a try with your own goals!
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”