By: Paige Bennett

Goal setting is an extremely powerful tool. From entrepreneurs to athletes, many successful people set goals in order to achieve great things. As motivational speaker Mark Victor Hansen once said: “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands–your own.”

We all have things we hope to accomplish, and goal setting can help put our plans in motion. Here are a few tips on how to set goals that are both accomplishable and conducive to your schedule!

Have realistic expectations

One of the most important things in goal setting is to set realistic expectations for yourself. While it’s natural to want to have high expectations, setting lofty goals, especially when you’re first starting out, can turn you away from the goal-setting process completely. You want to make sure the standards you set for yourself are realistic and attainable. Goals should challenge you, but they should not make you feel as though you’re going up against impossible expectations. Think about your schedule and what you have going on in the upcoming weeks before you establish your goals.

Be prepared to adapt

In addition to having realistic expectations, you want to be ready to adjust your goals in case things go awry. Although it would be ideal to create goals and stick with them, it isn’t always possible. Other responsibilities may pop up and interfere with your goals.

When this happens, it is important to be ready to adapt. Instead of allowing these obstacles to deter you, think of creative ways to get around them. The steps to achieving a goal can change as your circumstances do.   

Get specific

Make your goals as specific as possible. Goals like “I want to be successful” or “I want to make more money” are vague and don’t leave you with many ideas of how to achieve them. Goals should always give you a plan or a starting point, such as “I want to be successful by getting my degree” or “I want to make more money by launching my own business.” Embedding these phrases in your goals will help you turn your wants into actions. Ultimately, the more detailed a goal is, the better it will be in execution.  

Check up on yourself frequently

As you pursue your goals, check up on your progress as often as you can. It is easy to let things slip away from you if you are not holding yourself accountable for them. By analyzing your progress, you will be able to determine which goals you’re doing the best with and which ones need more work. In addition, checking in on your progress will act as self-imposed deadlines, which you can use to keep yourself on track with everything you want to accomplish.