When you decide to do some personal goal setting, it’s often a good idea to use a model to work from. Most people find this a lot easier than staring at a blank screen and trying to work out what they want to focus on.
Ideally you should have a rough idea of the area of your life that you want to set a goal in. And it’s usually best to focus on one thing at once rather than be scatter-brained about your goal setting.
Some Personal Goal Setting Examples
If this is one of your first attempts at goal setting then it’s probably best to choose a relatively small goal that you can achieve in a fairly short period of time – one that you can reach in days not weeks or months or years.
Why set a small goal first?
It should be easy to focus on and achieve. This then sets the tone for future goals when you’re getting more adventurous with your goal setting. Your mind knows you’re serious and it also knows it has already achieved the previous targets you set yourself. Having your subconscious mind “on board” like this helps enormously.
So maybe your first goal is to reduce the amount of coffee you drink. Going cold turkey with caffeine reduction isn’t particularly easy and can be accomanied by withdrawal symptoms and headaches.
But cutting down by just one cup for the next week isn’t too difficult. Or downsizing from large to a medium cup. Or letting the coffee cool down so much that the last inch or two in the cup is too cold for you to drink.
Any of those simple personal goals to cut your coffee drinking will work.
Don’t beat yourself up about goal setting
So the next example allows you to improve as you go:
Set a goal along the lines of “I am getting closer to my ideal ……”
That allows for you to be less than perfect initially but also trains your mind to get closer to being perfect over time.
Think about it: you didn’t learn to walk instantly but you got better over time. Not every time – sometimes you may have fallen over slightly more often because maybe you were tired or maybe you’d taken a few more steps than previously.
The same happens with any goals you set – you’re not in precisely the same “place” as you were previously.
So cut yourself some slack and build in improvement into your goals rather than trying to convince yourself that you will become totally perfect immediately!
You can also use personal goal setting software to help you stay on track with setting and achieving your goals.