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Part 5: I Have My Goals Now What?

January 3, 2011

****This is an 8 part series about goals setting, developing goals, and how to achieve them that I will post every Monday in December and most of January. Click here to read part 1part 2part 3, or Part 4

You may be looking at a long list of goals. All of them exciting, but where to start? It all can feel a bit of overwhelming and a bit daunting. Now that you know what it is that you want to do the hard part is actually making them happen. The most important thing is to realize is that there is no right or wrong way to go at your list. It is a very personal choice and has to be something that is right for you. My advice would be to create a road map. After all would you go on a road trip with out directions? You should try to create a clear path for your goals as well.

My first suggestion would be to create a plan.

Try prioritizing your goals. Which ones are the most important to start with? Which is second, third, fourth…? By breaking your list down and focusing on a few goals at a time compared to the whole list makes the task less daunting.

Next break down the goals, especially the bigger ones into smaller steps. Ask yourself what do I need to do to accomplish this goal and start making a list. If you are going to Brazil what will you need to do: get a passport, get visas, save money, book the flight, book the hotel, etc… The smaller you make the steps the easier it can be to get it done.

Another way to tackle the list of goals is by grouping together. Look for similarities in goals or steps that they have in common? Look for the overlap. If you are planning on doing a lot of travel getting your passport cuts off one step from a few of your goals. If you want to get your degree and want to take a painting class see if an art class would fulfill any of your credits towards graduation.

The key here is to create a plan. If your goal seems overwhelming take a set back and see where you can break it down and create smaller goals for yourself that will help you achieve the overall goal.

How do you tackle your goals?

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  1. January 3, 2011 5:58 am

    Planning, prioritization, and/or triage are key… I might have missed this step. but ambitious realism about what one can accomplish is important! xo bb

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