Have you ever noticed how easy it is to set goals, and how difficult it is to actually make those goals a reality? Frankly, the reason for this is that setting goals is as easy to do as your imagination allows. While it is extremely easy to come up with goals, it isn't as easy to make those goals a reality. In large part this is because most people forget one of the basic aspects of setting goals, making them realistic. The guidelines listed here are designed towards allowing you to set goals that you can actually make a reality.
- Come up with your goal. The first, and perhaps most basic, step of setting goals is to actually come up with the goal. This goal can be as large as you want it to be, with the sky as the limit. For example, if you would like to one day own your own home then you could have that as a goal. Another example would be that if you would like to make a ton of money, why not combine this goal with the first one, and own a few houses or apartments that you could rent out? There is no limit to the number of goals that you can have, or how they can interconnect.
- Break it up. Once you have come up with your goal, or goals, take the time to break each and everyone one of those goals into manageable steps. If necessary, you can further break up each step into even smaller steps. There is no limit to the number of steps that you can have to reach a goal. In fact, the more detailed you make this list then the more likely you will be able to fulfill the end goals. The easiest way to think of this step is that you are laying down a road map to fulfill your goals.
- Choose your first step. After you have broken down the goals into smaller steps or smaller goals, then you need to pick one that you will begin working on. Everyone needs a place to start, and this is where you pick that place. Many people will choose the easiest steps to work on first; however, one of the more effective methods is to pick the steps that will require the most work on your part and begin with that. By getting the more difficult steps out of the way, you will make the end result a lot easier. In addition, as you work on the harder steps first you will be able to learn new steps, and new skills that can help you make the end goal a reality.
- Keep going. Finally, all you need to do is continue with each and every step until you have completed your goal. Keep in mind that these goals will take time, and that it will also take a lot of work on your part to make them a reality. However, one of the easier ways to do this is by remembering to create deadlines for your goals. This will help to make the goals more real to you, but be sure that you make those deadlines realistic.