Set the right goals and achieve them!
We all have goals for ourselves. Some of these are small (such as “I want to lose 1kg before the wedding,”), some big (e.g. “I want to become a full-time published author,”) and some are in between (e.g. “I want to get a six pack,”).
Achieving goals can greatly improve our lives. Not only will you gain the benefit of reaching the goal (e.g. being slimmer by losing weight) you will gain added value from other factors, such as increased health, wealth or happiness. You will also develop positive habits, greater confidence, more willpower etc.
You may have heard of SMART goals, but they don’t really tell us the whole story. Once you have set goals, how do you actually achieve them? Our STARR goal setting method will help you to set the right goals, achieve them, and most importantly, make lasting and significant changes to your life.
The STARR Goal Setting Method
Goal setting is not easy, but remember why you are doing it. Setting and achieving goals can transform your life and make your dreams reality.
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Step One: ‘S’ – Start Big. What’s your ‘why’?
- Think about your wish or dream, something that you really want and that would make you really happy. Your big goal is long term, i.e. at least a few years into the future
- Consider your personal values and beliefs. Your big goal should be compatible with these.
- Write and display your big goal somewhere that you will see everyday. This goal will give you purpose and motivation. In times of despair, remind yourself what you are striving for.
- You should persist with your big goal. You shouldn’t change it unless it becomes completely unachievable.
Step Two: ‘T’ – Targets & Goal
- Once you have your big goal, you need to work out how you will get there and the actions you will need to take. Work backwards by setting mid-term goals and then targets.
- These mid-term goals should be specific, measurable and have a timescale. These goals are the things you need to do in order to achieve your big goal.
- Once you have your mid-term goals, you need to set targets. These targets are specific actions with deadlines that are your stepping stones to achieve each mid-term goal.
- For example, if your big goal is to be a full-time published author, one of your mid-term goals may be to write a book within the next five years. Your targets may include: reading one book a month for the next year about how to become a better writer, and reading for at least 30 minutes every day.
- Write down all of your goals and targets. This is important as research shows that simply writing goals significantly increases our chances of success. It can also help to make a timeline with your big goal at the end, goals in the middle and then targets going from now to your goals in the middle.
Step Three: ‘A’ – Analyse yourself and your environment
- To achieve your targets and goals, you will need to identify the obstacles or things that might affect your progress, so you can plan how to overcome them.
- First, reflect on your past goals. Think about times when you have been successful and the actions you took to succeed. Then, think about when you have not succeeded. Why was this and what can you learn from this?
- Next, write down your concerns. These negative thoughts will make you feel less confident. When you have a negative thought, use a positive statement, like ‘I will…’ or ‘I can….’. Over time, you will have more positive thoughts and less negative thoughts.
- After you have reflected on your experiences and thinking, you need to identify the habits, routines and people that may make it more difficult to reach your goal. Learn more about habits and how to change them here.
Step Four: ‘R’ – Research to develop knowledge, techniques & strategies
- To increase your confidence and chances of success you should research techniques and strategies that will help you. You should also seek advice from knowledgeable people.
- Although this step is important, it is critical not to delay too much. Decide a day and time that you will start your goal (ideally within the next one to two weeks) and stick to it.
- You can start and take your first step towards your first target. This is a learning experience, so you can, and should, learn as you go along. You will make mistakes, hence the last stage which is to review and evaluate.
Step Five: ‘R’ – Review / Evaluate your targets, goals and progress
- It is important to regularly review your targets, goals and progress.
- Plan weekly or fortnightly review sessions to review your targets. Reflect on whether you are progressing towards each target and are on schedule.
- Think about any upcoming events or obstacles and plan extra safeguard actions to help you maintain your progress.
- Try to stick with your targets and goals, but you can make changes if you feel you can improve them. If needed, go back to step two and go through the steps again.
A final thought…
Not everyone reaches their dream, but you can. Even if, in the end, you don’t quite reach your dream, think of all of the great changes you can still achieve by trying!
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