How to Set Goals to Reach Your Dreams.

Learn how to set goals with personal goal setting and
improve your good leadership skills....

Everyone has goals and everyone has dreams. 

Your dreams and goals define who you want to be.  They identify what type of person you are based on your values.

Are dreams and goals the same thing?  When you're a kid, you dream of being a star baseball player, an actor, a doctor, firefighter and so on. 

When you're older, you dream of living in a mansion, going on a cruise, buying a sports car, earning a lot of money...

Whether you're a kid or an adult, you will dream of big things.  That's what they are.  Dreams, not goals.

A dream is what you want.  A goal is the way to reach that dream

When you are dreaming of something you want, you will more likely set goals along the way so that you can reach your dream. 

How to Set Goals

Its important for you to work on your dreams and not someone else's dreams for you.  What I mean by this is, if someone else sets a goal for you, it usually doesn't work.

They want you to live their dream.  Your parents may have wanted you to become a lawyer because there are many lawyers in the family.  If you want to become a social worker, but decide to go to law school for the sake of the family, you won't be happy.

How to set goals as a leader follows the same steps. If you want to improve your good leadership skills then you need to choose goals that make you feel good.  Not goals that make someone else feel good.  If its a goal that you're not excited about, you won't do anything to reach it.

You can include both personal and business goal setting when working on leading others.  Including your personal goals into your business goals brings your values into the picture.  And when you set your own goals, they will motivate you to achieve what you've set out to do. 

Steps on How to Set Goals

Follow these steps on how to set goals with personal goal setting and you can achieve your dreams:

  • Set a goal that really motivates you.  You can set goals for all areas of your life.  If its easier to focus on one goal at a time, that's okay.  As you move closer to your goal and become more confident, you will begin to add other goals to your list.

  • Write your goals down.  Make sure you write your goals down.  Write everything down about them.  Both long-term and short-term goals.  But, write them as if you've already reached that goal.  In your mind, you will more likely see yourself completing the goal. 

    Picturing yourself achieving that goal is a strong motivator.  By writing your goals, you will mentally commit to them.  If you have big dreams, write them down.  Be serious about it. 

    Most people just talk about goals and dreams and never write them down.  Do they ever achieve that goal?  No.  That's not how to set goals.  By writing the goal down you will see it through and achieve the goal.

  • State why the goal is good for you.  Write this down too.  As time goes on and you hit roadblocks, the "why" will remind you about the benefit of the goal which will get you back on track.  This part of goal writing reinforces the commitment to your goal.

  • Read your goal aloud.  Its important to read your goals out loud.  Do they sound realistic?  Are they meaningful?  Are you excited about doing them?  Make sure they are. 

    If they're not exciting, you won't want to do them.  If that's the case, go back and change that goal to one that you will do.

  • Get people to help you reach your goal.  You can enlist the aid of friends and family to help you reach your goal.  If you tell them you're serious, they can help you stay on track. 

    There are others that can help as well.  Different organizations or online communities can answer questions or tell you an easier way to reach your goal. 

    For example, if your goal is to start a jewelry business, you can talk with local jewelers, online forums and find books on the subject.  Many of these people can make suggestions that will save you time.

  • Write down any obstacles or things that will get you off track.  You most likely will come across distractions or obstacles to get you off track of your goal.  Its important to think about all the possible obstacles. 

    Have a plan on how to get around them.  Be prepared.  When  you get off track, its good to know that you thought of it ahead of time and are ready to get around it.

  • Break down your long term goals into short term goals.  A large goal seems daunting and unachievable.  When you break it up into smaller chunks, it seems easier to do. 

    For instance, my daughter needed to learn how to set goals.  She had a huge research paper to do.  She was overwhelmed with the whole project.  When she broke it down into small steps and did it a section at a time, she realized she could do this and so she relaxed.

  • Set a timeline with a completion date.  Its important to put an end date of when you want to reach this goal.  That way you can break up the goal into small steps and set times for those to be completed.

    To be realistic, you should set the end date last.  Once you write everything down, the goal, the benefits, who will help you, you will have a better idea of how long it will take you to achieve this goal.

Following the above steps on how to set goals will help you succeed as a person and improve good leadership skills.  You'll go much further in life when you set meaningful goals that motivate you to success.

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