Top 5 Tips for Goal Setting

Clive Lobo

Goal setting is extremely important but only a small number of us actually participate in it. By outlining what we want in the future and how we are going to get there…the difficult part is complete.

Goals are an important part of any segment of one’s life. You can have personal, professional, athletic, leisure, spiritual, familial or relationship goals. All of which can create who you are and who you want to be. I started writing out my goals about 2 years ago. I never thought that it was making a difference until one day I sat down with a friend of mine and looked at my goals from a year ago. Each and every single one had been met. WOW!! Fantastic. It was very exciting because when I thought back to how I achieved each one, I realized that by listing them and looking at them regularly, I did not feel as though the goals were huge unachievable things. Rather, my goals started to feel like logical next steps. Below are my top 5 tips for goal setting:

1. Think before you write…and don’t be afraid to edit

Really go through that head of yours and think about all of the different things that truly make up what others see as you. Think about who you want to be in life and how and what it will take to get you there. Write out each one in a journal or notebook that you will look at regularly. Most importantly, feel free to edit. Feelings change and life throws us surprises that we never expected…so don’t worry, just change them. Your allowed!

2. Be Realistic

The worst thing you can do is write out goals that you will only ever achieve if a miracle happens. Write out goals that offer a challenge but that are also in the realm of possibility.

3. Take Baby Steps

Try writing out goals that are incremental steps to a greater purpose. For example, join a local running group. This goal focused on something attainable and realistic but something you have to work for nonetheless. The fact is that your goal could be that you want to run a marathon but you have never run before in your life. Baby steps!

4. Look at them often

Look at your goals daily if you can.  They will keep you focused and a constant reminder for what you want.  Some people like to use visuals on a goal board and others enjoy journaling.  I have tried both and liked them each for different reasons so try them out and see what works for you.

5. Have both Short and Long Term Goals

Although baby steps is important, you also need to have a bigger picture in mind.  Write out your long term goals and then break it down. What little steps will help you get to the greater goals?

Good Luck!!


Clive Lobo

Spark’s resident boss man, Clive possesses the very nature of an entrepreneurial spirit.

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