The Magic of Goal Setting - Sorted Blog

Have you ever set a goal for yourself? Not just a New Year’s resolution, but a real, practical goal with a specific time frame. What happened? Did you stay committed to your goal? Did you accomplish it?


I used to make resolutions each new year. I would write about how I wanted to lose weight, write a book, or keep my house cleaner. Those things rarely came to pass.


Then, a few years ago, I started setting goals instead. Instead of saying to myself, “This year, I’d like to keep my house cleaner,” instead, I wrote down what I intended to do, and by when, such as: “By February 28th my house will be completely organized.” This really made a big difference!


I made a few other changes as well. Instead of just creating resolutions at the beginning of the year, and then not looking at them again until at least six months later (or perhaps not until the next January), I printed them out attractively and hung them on my refrigerator, where I reviewed them daily. I also made a conscious effort to plan how I would manage to achieve my goals.


Confession: I’m the worst at consistency. I’m the WORST at commitment. I’m terrified to make goals because I know I’m just terrible at following through.


Which is why I love goals. And why I am so impressed by their power. And why I find them rather magical.


Because despite all my shortcomings and all my failures, I still find that my goals consistently get achieved. Even when they are crazy big goals that I don’t even think are really possible.


Let me give you a couple of examples:


Last spring I set a goal to double the size of one of my businesses by the end of the summer. At the time, we’d been in business for about eight years, and had about 75 clients. My goal was to be serving 150 clients on an ongoing basis three months from that time.


On August 31st, I took a look at our calendars and counted up our clients. We had 149 scheduled. Within another week, we had reached 152. To put it mildly, I was pleased.


A couple of months later, I finally decided to write my first book. This was something I’d been wanting to do for several years, but somehow it had never quite made it to the top of my to-do list. But the time was finally right, so I decided to make a goal to complete it. I determined that I could comfortably write 1500 - 2000 words in an hour each morning. I knew I wanted SORTED to be about 40,000 words long. So, after a couple of calculations, I determined that if I wrote consistently for a month, I’d have the first draft completely

done.


One month later, it was accomplished.


I could go on, and tell of many other goals that have been achieved in similar fashion. There have been plenty! The point here is not AT ALL to brag. I mess up. I am inconsistent. I frequently fail.


I share these examples with you just to show that big things can be accomplished with the power of goal setting.


So why does it work? Even when I struggle to fully apply myself, why do these things that I determine to do seem to come almost automatically? Here’s a few reasons:



  • Goal setting helps you clarify your goals.

Until you decide on a goal, you don’t even know what you’re trying to accomplish. You’re just working for work’s sake. Once you know where you’re trying to go, you are able to see with relative ease what the best steps are to take to get you there.


  • Goal setting gives you a target to aim at.

Without a target, you miss 100% of your shots. Set up a target, and your odds instantly, dramatically improve.



  • Goal setting helps you focus on what you really want.

There’s probably lots of things that you think would be nice to accomplish. Perhaps you would like to get in shape, visit a foreign destination, start your own business, or gain several new clients. However, until you set a specific goal to focus on, your efforts will be spread too thin to really make much progress on any one of those things. However, once you set a goal, you’ve made that the priority, and you naturally spend more time and effort to achieve that specific thing.


  • Goal setting encourages having a plan.

As long as you’re just wishing, you won’t be focused on strategy. However, once you decide on a specific goal and actually set your mind to figuring out what you need to do to be successful.


  • Goal setting is motivational.

Goal setting puts the prize within sight, which provides the motivation of a reward. When you can see what the payoff will be, you’re much more likely to put in the necessary work.



  • Goal setting enables you to visualize the end results, which helps you actions naturally align with your goals.

With your goal clearly defined, it’s much easier for you to see what you need to do to get there. When I determined to write SORTED, the end result that I could see is that I would be an author. Seeing myself as an author made writing seem like such a natural thing to do.

If your goal is to lose weight, then having an end goal of being a fit, healthy person helps you to align your daily actions with activities that such a person would do: such as starting your day with a healthy breakfast, and taking a walk during your lunch break.


  • Goal setting is encouraging because it enables you to see you progress.

By creating a benchmark to measure yourself by, your able to see just how far you’ve already come. This makes your efforts much more rewarding, which motivates you to continue to try. Without a specific goal, you may make a lot of progress, but still feel far away from where you would like to be, so quit even trying. On the other hand, when you’re able to measure accurately, you can see what you’re doing that’s working, and what you should change.

In Conclusion​



All these small factors work together to give goal setting some pretty crazy power. Does this mean your goals will be achieved without any effort from you? No, of course not. You’ll still need to try your best and put in some work to see results. But, what it does mean is that it will be a whole lot easier for you to do the necessary work.


Set some goals for yourself! Remember to make them specific and to set deadlines. Display them somewhere that you’ll see them often. Then, get to work! Enjoy how naturally you’re able to apply yourself to working towards your goal, and eagerly anticipate your success. It’s very enjoyable to get things done when you’re motivated by a great reward!

SORTED Book

The Magic of Goal Setting - Sorted Blog

Have you ever set a goal for yourself? Not just a New Year’s resolution, but a real, practical goal with a specific time frame. What happened? Did you stay committed to your goal? Did you accomplish it?

 

I used to make resolutions each new year. I would write about how I wanted to lose weight, write a book, or keep my house cleaner. Those things rarely came to pass.

 

Then, a few years ago, I started setting goals instead. Instead of saying to myself, “This year, I’d like to keep my house cleaner,” instead, I wrote down what I intended to do, and by when, such as: “By February 28th my house will be completely organized.” This really made a big difference!

 

I made a few other changes as well. Instead of just creating resolutions at the beginning of the year, and then not looking at them again until at least six months later (or perhaps not until the next January), I printed them out attractively and hung them on my refrigerator, where I reviewed them daily. I also made a conscious effort to plan how I would manage to achieve my goals.

 

Confession: I’m the worst at consistency. I’m the WORST at commitment. I’m terrified to make goals because I know I’m just terrible at following through.

 

Which is why I love goals. And why I am so impressed by their power. And why I find them rather magical.

 

Because despite all my shortcomings and all my failures, I still find that my goals consistently get achieved. Even when they are crazy big goals that I don’t even think are really possible.

 

Let me give you a couple of examples:

 

Last spring I set a goal to double the size of one of my businesses by the end of the summer. At the time, we’d been in business for about eight years, and had about 75 clients. My goal was to be serving 150 clients on an ongoing basis three months from that time.

 

On August 31st, I took a look at our calendars and counted up our clients. We had 149 scheduled. Within another week, we had reached 152. To put it mildly, I was pleased.

 

A couple of months later, I finally decided to write my first book. This was something I’d been wanting to do for several years, but somehow it had never quite made it to the top of my to-do list. But the time was finally right, so I decided to make a goal to complete it. I determined that I could comfortably write 1500 – 2000 words in an hour each morning. I knew I wanted SORTED to be about 40,000 words long. So, after a couple of calculations, I determined that if I wrote consistently for a month, I’d have the first draft completely

done.

 

One month later, it was accomplished.

 

I could go on, and tell of many other goals that have been achieved in similar fashion. There have been plenty! The point here is not AT ALL to brag. I mess up. I am inconsistent. I frequently fail.

 

I share these examples with you just to show that big things can be accomplished with the power of goal setting.

 

So why does it work? Even when I struggle to fully apply myself, why do these things that I determine to do seem to come almost automatically? Here’s a few reasons:

 

  • Goal setting helps you clarify your goals.

Until you decide on a goal, you don’t even know what you’re trying to accomplish. You’re just working for work’s sake. Once you know where you’re trying to go, you are able to see with relative ease what the best steps are to take to get you there.

 

  • Goal setting gives you a target to aim at.

Without a target, you miss 100% of your shots. Set up a target, and your odds instantly, dramatically improve.

 

  • Goal setting helps you focus on what you really want.

There’s probably lots of things that you think would be nice to accomplish. Perhaps you would like to get in shape, visit a foreign destination, start your own business, or gain several new clients. However, until you set a specific goal to focus on, your efforts will be spread too thin to really make much progress on any one of those things. However, once you set a goal, you’ve made that the priority, and you naturally spend more time and effort to achieve that specific thing.

 

  • Goal setting encourages having a plan.

As long as you’re just wishing, you won’t be focused on strategy. However, once you decide on a specific goal and actually set your mind to figuring out what you need to do to be successful.

 

  • Goal setting is motivational.

Goal setting puts the prize within sight, which provides the motivation of a reward. When you can see what the payoff will be, you’re much more likely to put in the necessary work.

 

  • Goal setting enables you to visualize the end results, which helps you actions naturally align with your goals.

With your goal clearly defined, it’s much easier for you to see what you need to do to get there. When I determined to write SORTED, the end result that I could see is that I would be an author. Seeing myself as an author made writing seem like such a natural thing to do.

If your goal is to lose weight, then having an end goal of being a fit, healthy person helps you to align your daily actions with activities that such a person would do: such as starting your day with a healthy breakfast, and taking a walk during your lunch break.

 

  • Goal setting is encouraging because it enables you to see you progress.

By creating a benchmark to measure yourself by, your able to see just how far you’ve already come. This makes your efforts much more rewarding, which motivates you to continue to try. Without a specific goal, you may make a lot of progress, but still feel far away from where you would like to be, so quit even trying. On the other hand, when you’re able to measure accurately, you can see what you’re doing that’s working, and what you should change.

In Conclusion

 

All these small factors work together to give goal setting some pretty crazy power. Does this mean your goals will be achieved without any effort from you? No, of course not. You’ll still need to try your best and put in some work to see results. But, what it does mean is that it will be a whole lot easier for you to do the necessary work.

 

Set some goals for yourself! Remember to make them specific and to set deadlines. Display them somewhere that you’ll see them often. Then, get to work! Enjoy how naturally you’re able to apply yourself to working towards your goal, and eagerly anticipate your success. It’s very enjoyable to get things done when you’re motivated by a great reward!


SORTED Book

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