Setting goals is a way for you to fuel your ambition. Goal setting goes beyond creating a plan where you hold yourself accountable; it’s about gaining the motivation essential for us to strive for things we desire most.

The first step to successful goal achievement is goal setting. Goal setting is much more than just defining a goal and declaring that you will achieve it. Here are 9 tips for better goal setting:

1. Write It Down

Your goals become more clear and concrete when you write them down. Think of it as a contract you’ve written for yourself that this is the goal you are committed to accomplish.

2. State Goals in Present Tense

Your goals are more believable when you express them in present tense. Your brain naturally responds to messages in the present rather than in a past or future tense. By starting it with “I,” you create a sense of ownership. And by writing it in present tense, your subconscious visualizes your goal as it will happen right now.

3. Envision the Purpose of Your Goal

When you vividly imagine something like achieving your goals, your mind starts to make the distinction between what is real and what is imagined. Believe in the goal enough, and you’ll be more drawn to it.

4. Know Why You Want to Achieve It

Have you asked yourself why you’ve set this goal for yourself? Without knowing the “why”, you’ll lack the drive and motivation to maintain the momentum to see the journey through.

5. Ask Yourself if Your Goals Align with Your Values

Your goals must be aligned with your personal and professional values for them to be meaningful. Without it, achieving it will feel insignificant especially if you do not feel comfortable, positively content, and accomplished.

6. Can You Go Bigger?

Fear and doubt often get in the way of us setting the goals that really matter. Ask yourself if anything is holding you back from aiming for the things you really want.

7. Start Your Planning Process

Good goal setting involves a timeline so that you have a rough idea of when you’ve reached the smaller milestones that lead you towards the main goal. Whether it’s a 5-year plan or a 3-month plan to reach your goal, a timeline lets you know if you are on schedule and progressing.

8. Prepare for Potential Roadblocks Now

In a perfect world, everything would always go accordingly. However, the reality is that you’re bound to encounter barriers that will slow you down. Think about what these things could be and make plans for how to approach them.

9. Commit To Your Action Plan

The next step to goal setting is goal getting. You’re not likely to achieve your goal if you lack the commitment to implement it. And if you cannot commit to your own goal, it means that you need to re-evaluate your intentions. If your goal is not aligned with your desire, passion, and values, you will not be motivated to see your plan through.

Do you need help clearing a path to reach your goals? Connect with me, and I’ll provide you with leadership insights, programs, and diagnostics, with sound strategic planning.

Let’s have a chat: