How To Set Goals
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How To Set Goals

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Setting goals can be very difficult for some people (for example someone like me) and for some people they have made it a routine so much that it has become a part of them that is why i am sharing this post about how to set goals.

Goal setting is the act of writing down your dreams into small actionable steps that you can start taking to become better at what you want to achieve.

There are two types of goals, long term goals and short terms goals, long term are something that you want to do in the future, having a long term goal is very key for a successful career, this type of goal are not the type of goals that you can achieve in a month or even in a year. long term goals requires timing and planning.

Short Term goals are goals that you can achieve in the near future like tomorrow or in a week or even in a year, this goals are also steps that you take to accomplish your long term goals. This post will give you tips on how to set goals.

How To Set Goals

Decide which goals are important: You need to decide which goals most important and which are not that important, you need to decide on something you want to work on not something that someone else is wants you to work on. Your goals must be to excite you, it can either be a long term goal or a short term goal.

Write Down Your Goals: Now that you have written down your goals, it’s time to write down your goals, no matter if it’s long term or short term as long as you write it down. Research has shown that if you write down your goals, you are likely to achieve more than those who don’t write it down.

Make Your Goals Into Small Steps: Another step to take on how to set goals is to make your goals into small steps, Since you have written down your goals you need to break them down into actionable steps that you can take to achieve your dreams.

Be Specific: Another tip on how to set goals is to be specific about your goals, how long do you want to achieve it. For example, Let’s say you want to you want to become a business owner, this is where the 5Ws come in, the five We are who, what, when, where, why. So let’s take me for example, I want to have a side hustle, now I need to be more specific and ask myself these questions, who? Me, When? Beginning of June, What? Open an store. where? On Etsy. why? To work towards my goal of having a side hustle. As you can see I was able to be more specific in my goals, you can follow the example to write down yours too.

Be Realistic With Your Goals: Another key element on how to set goals is to be very realistic with them, If you set goals that you know aren’t achieveable, you won’t be able to do anything.

Adjust Your Goals As You Go: Now that you have started working on your goals, you need to adjust it as you go. As soon as you start achieving your goals you need to adjust it so that you can down new goals.

Keep Track of Your Goals: Another tip on how to set goals is to keep track of it, As you are working and adjusting it you need to keep track of it and I also know that there will be days that you don’t want to work on it or you just don’t know if you are being productive, here is a post on how to be more productive so that you can start being even more productive with your goals.

Tell Someone: Another tip on how to set goals is to tell someone about your goals so that they can keep you accountable to your goals.

Celebrate Your Little Achievement: No achievement is too small to celebrate, you need to celebrate them so that by the time you get to the big one, you can feel fulfilled.

That is all for the tip on how to set goals for yourself, Like I always you are the only one that can work on your dreams, people might just help you along the way but you are the one that has to do the hard work. There is this app that I use for my it’s called Goals Wizard (this is not an affiliate link, it’s just me sharing an app that I have been using) This app has helped me alot with my goals and if you decide to try it out let me know how it goes for you. Don’t forget to Wash Your Hands and also Practice Social Distancing and Stay Safe.

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39 Comments

  1. I usually write down my goals in a list, highlight the most important and then break them down into smaller steps so I know exactly what to do. Great suggestions πŸ™‚

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    1. Adenike says:

      You are welcome

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  2. Goal setting is so hard, and I am trying to get better at it as well. Your tips are very helpful! My goal is to establish my blog and I work hard on that every day because I do want that side hustle. But I think something else to think about is Why is important to me? Think deeper into what is motivating the idea of having that side hustle. Is it just for more money? Is it because you want to change jobs, or work part time? I think that’s what sometimes set me up not achieving my goals, is not looking deeply into myself about them.

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    1. Adenike says:

      That is so true, one needs to dig deep about the why you want something.

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  3. I love setting SMART goals, it’s something I learnt in school and it’s stuck with me ever since, unfortunately, it’s not the setting goals I struggle with it’s the seeing them through.

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    1. Adenike says:

      Even i struggle with it sometimes

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  4. These are great! I’d definitely have a look at SMART targets and how that concept works! It has worked wonders for me.
    Al. X

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    1. Adenike says:

      I will check it out

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    2. Adenike says:

      Thank you, i will check out

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  5. I have done a lot of goal adjusting lately! With this self-isolation and kid home from school thing I had to be a little more realistic about how much I can accomplish in a day, week, or month in this temporary normal for now. Great tips.

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    1. Adenike says:

      Thank you

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  6. This is great advice for setting goals. I like to set myself goals at the beginning of every month, to be completed by the end of the month. I’ve learned how important it is to be specific with my goals, because if they are vaguely worded then I just don’t do them!

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  7. This is a very great post Nike. Your tips are actionable and I love them!

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    1. Adenike says:

      Thank you

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  8. This is perfect advice for me! Goal setting has always been a struggle for me! Great article.

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    1. Adenike says:

      I really hope this helps you

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  9. You’ve inspired me to get all my goals back down on paper, feel like I haven’t done this in so long.

    Kathleen / http://www.madeinthe1990s.com

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    1. Adenike says:

      I am happy that i was able to

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  10. Great advice! I’m all about setting goals & it’s best to set realistic goals from the start!

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    1. Adenike says:

      Its definitely is

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  11. You break down goal Setting into a straightforward, easy to follow plan. Nice work.

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    1. Adenike says:

      Thank you

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  12. I really like that you said that goals should be small, specific, and that you should celebrate small wins. People get too bogged down with enormous goal setting.

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    1. Adenike says:

      Yes they do

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  13. I love writing down my goals for each month! Great tips and post πŸ™‚

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    1. Adenike says:

      Thank you for reading

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  14. Great read, I often set goals and these have been vital during the lockdown in the UK, Just having a couple of small goals a day gives me something to aim towards and something to focus on πŸ™‚

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    1. Adenike says:

      that is good, it gives you a sense of purpose

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  15. Great goal-setting tips. Much the same of what I tell my career coaching clients!

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  16. Man, I have a really hard time with “telling someone” part of goal setting. I just tend to keep to myself but I have noticed that when I do talk about a goal and I get support, I feel much more inclined to fulfill that goal than when I’m working on it alone. Thanks for this!

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    1. Adenike says:

      You are most welcome

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  17. Great simple steps to achieving goals! I love the suggestion to celebrate small wins. I think it’s important to set big goals, but then to celebrate little milestones on the way.

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    1. Adenike says:

      yes it is

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  18. I have never written my goals down. Great suggestion!

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  19. I definitely agree about the importance of setting goals. I also think that it helps to create a vision board alongside your goals so that you can have a visual representation of what your life could look like once you achieve your goals!!

    Roni πŸ–€
    http://www.myelevatedexistence.com

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    1. Adenike says:

      I absolutely agree with you

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  20. Love the motivational message of this post. I certainly find that I stick to my goals if I write them down. It’s hard to stick to goals and have much motivation at the moment, but I guess you have to take each day as it comes. Great post!

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  21. Love this! I definitely to work on coming back to my goals more often and updating them as I continue working on them! Definitely some great tips here!

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