Setting Goals for Success: 5 Tips to Define Clear Goals

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A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish businessman work on white broad, top view

If you don’t have clear goals, your life could get confusing. Without clear goals, you may be putting yourself on the path to stagnation. Goals can give you momentum and purpose.
Here are five important tips to help you to define clear goals in your life:

Before you set goals, you have to know what you want to achieve. To define clear goals, you need to figure out exactly what you want to achieve. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there.
Once you know where you want to be and what you want to achieve, you’ll be able to come up with the goals that will help you get there.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Take the time to sit down and brainstorm your long-term dreams and desires.

Set a deadline. If you know when you need to accomplish something, it will spur you to action and prevent procrastination. Deadlines also clarify your goals. If you know what you want and when you want it, it’s much easier to get there.

Come up with goals that you want to meet in a month, year, and even five or ten years from now.

Plan your strategy, but don’t plan it too closely. Take into consideration that things change, but always keep the final goal firmly in mind.
Ensure your goals are realistic. With realistic goals, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to achieve them, and you won’t stress yourself out trying to accomplish something that’s out of reach. A clear goal is a realistic one.

Break down your long-term goals into small, achievable action steps that you can take today to get started. The more goals you achieve along the way, the more motivated you will feel to continue.
Be specific. Clarify your goals with the details of exactly what you want. Avoid vague generalities. When you make a specific goal, you’ll be better able to accomplish it.

If you know exactly what you want to achieve, you can plan your actions more clearly.

For example, “make more money with your business” is a vague goal. Come up with a specific goal, such as, “I will make $1,000 more per month, three months from today.” This goal is specific, measurable, and realistic.

Refine your goals. Your goals may change as your life changes. During this process, you’ll be able to make them more specific, realistic, and achievable.

It’s okay to refine your goals several times in your life! What’s important now, might not be important to you six months or six years from now. Be willing to accept change. Revisit your goals from time to time and make new plans if necessary.

You might not know what to do with your life, but you shouldn’t be that way. You need to do some thinking about what’s important to you, and what you want to achieve.  If you plan it out, your life will have meaning and direction.  If you don’t do this, you will flounder through life, unsure of where you are going or why.

Kimberlee Deneice is an empowerment coach, trainer and speaker. She lives in Memphis, TN with her son. She is on a mission to empower as many people as possible to elevate their impact and equip them to grow with intention and increase their influence using the R.E.A.L. Success Framework.