HOW TO SET GOALS LIKE A BOSS IN 7 EASY STEPS
Setting goals is essential to becoming known for your something. Whether you're an artist, a photographer, a graphic designer, a freelancer or a blogger, becoming good at setting goals is essential. It's also something I have become more and more obsessed with. In fact you can find me updating and reworking my goals every three to six months - at least!
To be honest, I actually used to hate goal setting. I was utterly hopeless at it - they looked more like my To Do list. You know, a list of tasks that needed to get completed at some stage but didn't grow my business. After a lot of practice and failed attempts, I finally learned how to set goals like a boss. Read on to find out how you too can set goals like a boss in these 7 super easy steps.
STEP ONE: CATEGORISE YOUR GOALS
The first thing you need to do is categorise your goals like a boss. Being able to choose your goals is no easy task, so over time I have found it's best to divide and conquer them into categories such as family, work, health and education. These are generally the most widely used categories, but you might use more.
STEP TWO: BREAK DOWN GOALS
Once you have chosen your categories, you need to set your goals. When I have a goal in mind, I find it's best to break down the goal into smaller goals so they become more achievable, and less overwhelming. As an example, last year I decided to launch Your Creative Start. This was my big goal for 2016, however I needed to break this down into smaller goals to make it achievable, such as create a kick arse website, sign up five clients and create a dedicated work space from home. See what I did there?
STEP THREE: UNDERSTAND TIMING
Now that you have broken down your goals, you now need to set a time against them. It doesn't matter how big or small your goal is, some can take a lifetime to achieve (hopefully not) whilst others can be reached within a day. From what I've learned, timing is everything as it allows you to plan how, and when, you can achieve those goals. So when you write down your goals, be mindful of how much time you're giving yourself to achieve each goal and a deadline against each and every single goal. Don't be hard on yourself if you need more time, just remember to celebrate when you do. More on that a bit later.
STEP FOUR: VISUALISE YOUR GOALS
For you to properly achieve your goals, you need to visualise them. There is no point having spent time writing your goals properly and allocating time against them if you can't see them every single day. Buy a blackboard, butchers paper or a whiteboard and write your goals down. Keep them in a spot you see every single day. Because I work from home, I keep my goals on a wall in my office. If you work from an office, I suggest putting your goals next to your desk or on a wall next to your bed at home so you can read them when you first wake up and again when you go to bed at night.
STEP FIVE: TELL SOMEONE
The next thing you need to do is tell someone you know about your goals. This not only makes your goals real, it also makes you accountable to achieve those goals, and this is the holy grail.
STEP SIX: PERSEVERE LIKE A BOSS
At this stage of setting goals like a boss, you will need to persevere like a boss. The journey to achieving goals can be equal parts incredible and difficult, so you need to persevere, and persevere some more. Seriously. Never give up. If you're struggling, ask a mentor, a peer or a friend for advice. If you need a break, head outdoors - go for a swim or a hike. Also, now is a great time to adjust your goal/s if they need it. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact it means you are getting closer to achieving your goals.
STEP SEVEN: CELEBRATE
The last step to setting goals like a boss is celebrating when you achieve your goals! It's a great time to reflect on what you achieved, how you got there and what you learned along the way. It's also a great excuse to reward yourself with something you love doing - for me, it's knocking off early and walking down to the beach to watch sunset.
Words by YCS Director, Jaharn Giles