This evening I received some of the worst personal goal setting advice I think I’ve ever received.
Set your goals high, but not your expectations.
Say what?! I read that and did a double-take. I couldn’t believe it. Never before has Dove chocolate messages steered me wrong, but today was definitely a turning point.
Yeah, so I’m partially joking about actually following advice from a Dove chocolate message. Normally their message are uplifting or just plain silly, but this one was different.
Set a Goal and Expect to Achieve It!
Seriously, the whole point of personal goal setting is to actually map out a plan where everything you do brings you closer to that goal, right? If you do not expect to achieve, you haven’t set a goal – you’re dreaming.
Goals vs. Dreams
There’s a big difference between goals and dreams.
- Goals have action attached to them. They have a plan and even if they take a while to reach, you are working toward that goal.
- Dreams are something we do when we’re sleeping (i.e. not taking action).
5 Goal Setting Activities to Goal Achievement
Wake up! You can turn your dreams into goals, with these five simple goal setting activities:
- Decide what your ultimate goal is. Think of your goal as a target that you’re aiming for.
- Determine mini-goals that break down your ultimate goal into manageable short-term actions. Write out your goal, including mini-goals, as this will help you stay on track until you hit the target.
- Take action! You’ll never reach the finish line if you don’t start toward the goal.
- Find an accountability partner to keep you on track. This could be your spouse, a friend, business partner or a personal business coach.
- Plan your reward and your next goal! Finishing a goal, especially if it was one that took a long time to achieve, is a great accomplishment. Reward yourself in some way. Then set a new goal. Always be striving and aiming for something.
I highly recommend a personal business coach, or a Mastermind Group to help keep you accountable and to help you reach your goal.
Whatever you do – ignore the chocolate.