Lots of sports depend heavily on the structures build to indicate that a goal has been scored.
In life we also need structures to support our goals and we call them systems. We have talked before about how systems for our goals are mostly created by environmental design and time and energy management.
We all get time and energy for free but the difference between reaching goals or not is determined by how we plan and balance our time and energy.
It is always good to write a goal for the purpose of motivation and clarity and to be a blue print according to which we can plan our pathway to reach the goal successfully.
A typical goal will give us the big picture as well as all the details to fill in that big picture.
Therefore a good goal must always be very specific, clear and as detailed as possible. A vision board is a great way to anchor our goal and to bring our “mind’s eye goal” into reality.
A goal is never cast in stone and will grow and evolve as we progress on our journey to fulfill it, but we need the basic structure to keep us on track.
A well structured goal therefore needs to be measurable. We use mile stones as goals-with-in our goals to measure how far we have progressed on our track to our big goal: If I want to loose 20 kg in 5 months, I need to loose 4 kg per month or 1kg per week, to meet my big goal of a 20kg loss.
As they say we eat an elephant piece by piece. A goal is only sustainable if you have adequate time and energy to reach a bit of your goal every day. We call these small advances towards achieving the milestones and eventually big goal, small action steps we need to take everyday.
Sometimes it is good to look at the overall picture to see how far you still need to go, but it is mostly wise to focus on implementing systems that make the small steps you take every day towards your goal achievable.
If I want to write a book, it sounds more encouraging to focus on writing two blogs on my group every week than thinking that I will need to write about 65 000 words to have a book!
Yet we need evidence to know that we have completed our goal. So I will know that I have achieved my book when I have written down about 65000 words.
In the mean time I focus on the action steps of writing something every day- even if it is a one sentence question and on my weekly mile stones of writing two blogs most of the time.
A good goal needs to be something only I myself can take responsibility for achieving. Of course people and things are part of my resources I can use to achieve my goal, but no one else can write my book for me.
All good goals needs a deadline date. Therefore the only piece of your goal that needs to always be incorporated in your goal in a set way, is the date of completion. Just like every sports game have a set time when it is finished.
You start of with this date, for instance: “It is the 31 of December 2020…”
A good goal really needs to be inspirational and in order to be that needs emotion, because we all know emotion is what drive us and thus energy in motion.
Use a lot of descriptive words loaded with feeling that will fire you up to take the action steps you need to take to fulfill your goal.
You need to feel excited and fired up to actually take action.
So there you go! Go and write your goal structure and make a vision board- what ever gets you to take action to get momentum to be well on your way to success!
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