1. Highly effective goals are written
Putting things in writing makes all the difference and is by far the most important step in goal setting. Many studies have shown that by writing down your goals increases your chances of achieving them by ten times. There is something about writing down your goals which helps you to crystallize your thinking and gives you a physical device for focusing your attention. Your brain is stimulating the brain's reticular activating system, which is the part of the brain that controls awareness. This is where the law of attraction rule comes into play. When you are more conscious of your goals, you will notice the people, resources, information and all things that will equip you to accomplish the goals.
2. Goals should be written in present tense
Writing goals this way allows your brain to go to work to help you reach your goals. When you write your goals in the present tense, the discrepancy between where you'd like to be and where you are currently, creates the tension in your brain that puts your brain on alert for resources and breakthroughs that can assist you to reach your goals. Stating a goal in the present tense communicates that goal to your brain in the most effective way allowing you to visualize the goal clearly and subconscious mind goes to work.
3. Goals should be written backwards
It's called backward planning, backward goal-setting, or backward design, and it's used quite often in education and training. The idea is to start with your ultimate objective, your end goal, and then work backward from there to develop your plan. By starting at the end and looking back, you can mentally prepare yourself for success, map out the specific milestones you need to reach, and identify where in your plan you have to be particularly energetic or creative to achieve the desired results.
4. Goals should be specific and measurable
Each goal must be measurable so that you or someone else can evaluate your progress objectively and determine exactly when you have achieved the goal. Once again when you are aware of your goals the more you'll be aware of the people, ideas, and resources around you that can help you reach your goals. Continue to make your goal more specific until you can't make them any more specific.
The most successful people have written goals and I have even suggested attending goal setting workshops. Ready to receive the most out of your business? Sign-up for a weekly dose of free business resources to scale your business to the next level.