My co-workers, and anyone else who really knows me, knows that I get absolutely stoked about setting goals!
And that really is no joke. I have spent hours upon hours setting goals, reviewing goals and trying to look for better ways to set an accomplish goals. I read article after article about how to set and accomplish goals. The books I read on goal setting pretty much all say the same thing as well: you need to set S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound).
There is one problem, however, that I have run into, and that I have seen many others run into - getting carried away with goals.
Once I set the goal to grow my audience (as an example), I think, well the next logical thing to do is to set goals for every other area of my life. Then before I know it, I have 25 goals for each area of my life and I can't keep track of them all and, as a result, I get nothing accomplished.
So what is the number one key to goal setting?
Set just one goal, then work on your habits and routines to help you accomplish it.
For example, setting the goal to write a best-selling personal development book is better than setting 20 small goals to workout more, read more, make new friends, blog more, etc. If I can just focus on one thing at a time, then everything I do is focused around achieving that goal. So, my goal is to write a best-selling book. That means I need to organize my time well at my day job so I can find time to write (now you are performing better at work). Next, I need to be healthy and have the energy to do more in my day (now you are working out more and eating healthier).
See where I am going with this? Set just one goal, then make that your focus. Organize and prioritize your day in a way that develops good habits - all to accomplish your number one goal.
In the words of my favorite podcaster John Lee Dumas: "Focus On Course Until Success - F.O.C.U.S."