What Type of Goals are You Setting?
When you are ready to make changes in your life, you need to know where you want to go. Goal setting is essential for moving forward in your life. Without goals, we tend to keep going on exactly as we have been, creating the same life we have always created.
In order to move forward, we need two types of goals to: Results-Oriented and Action-Oriented. Both are essential to our success. Often we set one or the other.
Results-Oriented Goals refer to the end result, what you want to create. Examples might be: lose 10 pounds, run a marathon, make $10,000 a month, buy a particular car, get married. These goals are essential to ultimate success because you use them to direct where you are headed.
Action-Oriented Goals are the specific actions you are going to take in order to achieve the results you want to achieve. Examples might be: exercise five times a week, eat three vegetables a day, seek one new business opportunity a month, attend one social event a week, etc.
Two more thoughts:
- As I mentioned in the introduction, we often set one or the other. If you find you have set a Results-Oriented Goal without Action-Oriented, you will never reach that Results-Oriented Goal because you have to do something in order for things to change. If you have set Action-Oriented Goals, the way to stay inspired when your inspiration has waned is by remembering WHY you are doing what you are doing. In other words, what is your end goal?
- Be sure you set short-term and long-term goals for your Results-Oriented Goals. Short-term goals are especially essential if the change you want to make is going to take a long time to create. Short-term goals ensure being able to experience success along the way.
- Make sure all goals you set, whether Results- or Action-Oriented are concrete, meaning you know when you have reached or completed them. Examples of concrete goals are exercise three times each week, lose ten pounds, get married. You have either done it or you haven’t. Vague goals, such as be happier, weigh less, be successful, are too loosely defined. You will never be able to say definitively that you have achieved that goal. Most likely, you will never feel you have reached them.
To your success!