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Why should I define my goal?

Plain and simple, if you don't define your goal, you don't know in which direction you should be heading. The more you read about goal setting in this website, the more this will become transparent to you.


Do you have a goal in mind that you would like to achieve?  If so,imagine that goal as you read on.

The first step in setting an effective goal is deciding exactly what it is you want.

You need to clearly define your goal.  If you don't have such clarity yet, your first goal can be to research and soul-search to get it.


When you have a clear picture of your goal, you are then able to accurately direct your efforts toward its realization.  You are also able to recognize it when it arrives, which is satisfying and helps build momentum toward your next goal.  


Be specific! "Land a position doing x work for at least x salary " is going to be easier to follow through on than "Be rich".


Have you clarified your goal in your mind? You'll be surprised how good it feels to solidify your goal mentally.

Think about the pros and cons of your goal.

Make sure you really want what you are working for.  With every goal comes a price. You have to trade resources, such as time, energy, and money to reach your goal. For example, a four-year degree requires tuition, study, and giving up a hefty chunk of your free time. Yet the benefits can be huge. Prepare yourself mentally for both the positive and negative aspects that you'll experience and you'll be more satisfied with the process.


Once you've satisfied with the goal, record it so you always think of it in the same way.  You can do this by writing it down on a piece of paper or entering it into the single-step software. 


Lots of people write their goals on yellow sticky notes and hang them from their computer screens or refrigerators.  You may have even done this yourself. The key is to keep your goal in your mind. The more you think about your goal, the better your chances of reaching it.

Make a list.

While you're at it, why not create a list of goals?  There are probably many areas of your life you would like to change or improve.  Take this opportunity to challenge yourself to describe how you would like your life to be.  You'll want this list when you read the next pages, so keep it in front of you as you read on.


Having a list of your goals is important, but the real challenge is to remember to review the list frequently.  This will help you keep your goals in mind and reaffirm your commitment to achieving them.  You should take a look at your goals at least once a day to remind you of your objectives. You will see later how single-step can help you by building a daily habit of reviewing your goals.

Make sure you can actually reach your goal.

When you set a goal, it's important that your target is actually reachable.  Can you imagine yourself running a marathon?  How about getting straight 'A's?  Quitting smoking? 


While it's important that you stretch your horizons, it's also important that you learn to recognize what you are and are not capable of achieving. While this may seem hard now, once you learn more about limiting beliefs you will feel more comfortable in making this assessment.  


Read on to learn more about limiting beliefs...

single-step walks you through the goal definition process