Tips for Setting Goals Part Two

We recommend that you read Part One of Tips for Setting Goals first. Part Two of the article focuses on steps three, four and five of the setting personal goals process outlined below.

1. Identify your dreams, visions, or goals,

2. Define smaller goals or steps that are part of the bigger picture.

3. Take Action

4. Evaluate and then Readjust

5. Acknowledge Success - Toot Your Horn!

Take Action

After you have defined your vision and broken it down to smaller measurable steps, you must take action to move you in the direction of your vision. Success in life is built on persistent, consistent action, not just wishful thinking. You must take action, evaluate your course, and then make any necessary adjustments.

Many of us take action, but if we do not succeed the first time, we tend to give up. Successful people fail more than they succeed, but the important difference is that they do not allow their failure to define who they are.

Evaluate and Readjust

Successful people are driven by their vision. They look at how they can adjust their vision to get what they want. Much like a boat that is off course much of the time, the navigator must make constant adjustments to reach the boat's destination.

What would happen if the people described in this video gave up?

Failures are part of life. They give you an opportunity to readjust and help you grow stronger. Many people with low self esteem connect their identity to their success or failure. People with high self worth know their identity comes from who they are as a person, not what they accomplish.

Many people do not reach their goals because they take their failures and allow their minds to make up a story about it, until they convince themselves that because of a failure they can not have success. Even if you don’t succeed, you need to know that success is still possible with consistent action, proper planning, and readjustments along the way.

Acknowledge Accomplishment

By acknowledging your accomplishments, you give a powerful message to your subconscious that says, "I am successful. The success neuro-pathways in your brain do not know the difference between a small success or a big success. When you acknowledge and recognize your achievements you program you brain with the message "I am a person who accomplishes things.” Success breeds more success.

A good activity is to write down five successes each day. I like to do this at night before I go to bed. These successes do not have to be big. They can be as simple as: I took a walk. I took time to read to my child. I had a healthy dinner, I brushed my teeth. Do this everyday for a week and notice the changes in how you feel and what you accomplish doing that week.

Additional Tips for Setting Goals: -

  • Look at your goals everyday. Write your goals down. Writing your goals down will make them seem more real and tangible. Review them daily. If you can read them and see them, you will be more likely to work toward them.

    We recommend taking the time to create a Vision Board. Looking at your goals should make you feel good, and these positive feelings will help move you in the direction of what you hope to create or achieve.

  • Consider showing your goals or visions to a friend so they can share in your success and encourage you through disappointments.

The importance of setting goals

Goal setting is an important tool for success. By using these tips for setting goals, you can define your dreams and visions, give your life direction, and take control of your future. These actions are a critical component of building positive self esteem.