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What Are The Seven Steps Of Goal Setting?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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What Are The Seven Steps Of Goal Setting?

Why Is Goal Setting Necessary?

Some people may struggle to stick to their goals because they don’t differentiate them from more casual, everyday self-improvement attempts. Just because you decide to start running every day doesn’t mean you’ve set a deliberate goal for yourself. So, let’s have a look at what goal setting entails. 

Goal setting is a deliberate and clear process that begins with the identification of a new goal, skill, or project that you wish to accomplish. Then you devise a strategy for attaining a goal and work to see it through.

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The Seven Steps For Goal Setting

Clarity is responsible for 80% of success and enjoyment. Clarity comes from knowing what you want. Frustration and underachievement are caused more by a lack of clarity than by any other aspect. People who have written goals accomplish significantly more in a shorter period of time than those who do not. This is true in all places and circumstances.

The seven steps to provide you with clarity are as follows:

1. Decide What You Want!

To be able to accomplish your goals, you need to have a clear picture of what you exactly want. Once you have that picture in mind you will start things more carefully and how you will go about them. Planning your steps as you go along will help you out in your endeavours. 

There’s no true aim if there aren’t any specifics, just a vague direction. When a goal is ambiguous, it permits your mind’s psychology to take precedence. To avoid doing something less solid, you surrender to things like emotion-numbing pastimes.

Specifics are the gasoline for your ambitions’ engine. If you’re going to accomplish anything, be specific. Make your goals as specific as possible when you write them down. Also, don’t be scared to be overly descriptive. Every aspect of your existence. Don’t be vague!

2. List The Benefits

Once you identify what you truly want and set a clear path for yourself, you need to evaluate what these goals will get for you. This will do two things for you. The first one being, giving yourself constant reminders  of what you will achieve when you achieve that goal, motivating you to continuously keep working towards it. Secondly, it will set you up for reaching greater goals once you achieve your former goals!

3. List The Obstacles

As you work toward your objectives, there will be some bumps along the road. Many of them can be predicted, and if you can predict something, you may plan ahead of time to conquer it. So, think about it and develop a comprehensive list of everything that could impede you from succeeding. If you can’t think of everything, get the help of a close friend who knows you well.

4. Think About How Will Go About Your Plan

Don’t ponder this for too long. Simply jot down everything that comes to mind, regardless of whether or not it is significant. Many thoughts will spring to mind that you may dismiss as irrelevant; simply add them to the list.

This list is adaptable; new ideas will arise throughout time, and you can add them to your list as they arise. I believe you should be able to come up with somewhere between 20 and 100 suggestions for each goal. Smaller goals will have fewer steps, whereas bigger goals will have more.

5. Now Pen Down Your Ideas

Go over your list and arrange the items in the correct order. Put some goods aside for the time being if you believe they are superfluous. It’s possible that you’ll need to incorporate them later.

After that, you must assign each item a priority. Some tasks may need to be completed ahead of others. You might be able to do some tasks at the same time.

You now have a plan that can be implemented. That you can use to get to your desired location.

6. Take Action!

It’s time to put your plans into action now that you’ve completed your planning. You didn’t put in all that effort only to lose sight of your aim. Each action you take should lead to the next until you achieve your goal.

7. Assess Your Path And Re-evaluate

To achieve your goal, you must maintain a high level of motivation. Consider organising a weekly review that includes tracking your progress and reviewing your schedule. You’ll be more driven to complete once you know how near you are to the finish line. If you’re running late, make the necessary modifications and keep going.

Having a clear picture of your goals before starting out on a project. Setting goals allows you to achieve your objectives more quickly and efficiently. It has the potential to ignite your ambition and assist you in achieving tangible outcomes. A goal-setting method will assist you in determining how to develop clear, timely, and achievable goals.