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By Mark Creedon

9 alternative goal-setting strategies

If you’re serious about achieving something big, it’s important to keep yourself reaching for and moving toward your goal every day.

And regardless of how committed you are at the outset, it’s easy to stagnate without clear goals and strategies.

Perhaps you’ve realized already that the way you approach your goals no longer works as well as it used to.

Perhaps your commitment and enthusiasm have been wavering and you aren’t quite sure why leading to a sense of failure that may be unearned.

Goal Local

Pushing through doubt and looking for a fresh approach to achievement can help you keep moving forward and mitigate the risk of losing your way.

Whether you’re just starting out as a property investor or have an established portfolio you’re proud of, studies show that everyone can benefit from evaluating their goal-setting models.

The trouble is, when you look for methodology inspiration, it can feel like everyone in every corner of the internet has thoughts on the perfect and the only way to achieve what you want.

It can be overwhelming and disheartening when the apparent best method doesn’t work for you.

But the truth is that there are many potential paths to success, not just one.

This infographic by the financial team at CreditRepair starts with the quintessential S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goal-setting method.

From there, you can move through adjustments you can make to that method, introduce yourself to entirely new models you may not have yet encountered, and explore your relationship to your own goals. Start expanding your strategy horizons.

Smarter than SMART: Nine Goal Strategies for Success

The Bottom Line

Regardless of which goal-setting strategy you choose to adopt, remember that having one, in general, is absolutely essential.

Without clarity of vision in your head and concrete action steps in your diary, it’s likely that you’ll get sidetracked and pulled away from your purpose.

Give yourself your absolute best shot at success by finding a method that keeps your goals top of mind all the time in the way that feels most natural to you.

Take whichever strategy you select day by day, and schedule in time to evaluate how well it’s working for you.

Ask yourself if you feel more engaged with your goals or closer to achieving them than before you adopted your new strategy.

If it’s not working, try another.

Business Goal

There’s no reason to step so far out of your comfort zone with your goal-setting model that you can’t get anything finished.

Remember too that when it comes to personal success, the only person who can fault you for not following the rules exactly is yourself.

When you achieve what you set out to do, no one will come to check on how well you followed the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting model to achieve it.

So when it comes to choosing a goal-setting strategy, don’t cling too hard to the steps and regulations it suggests you follow.

Make the model work with you.

You’re looking not to find the one path to success, but the one that works best for you.

About Mark Creedon Mark Creedon is Director of Metropole's Business Accelerator Mastermind and business coach to some of Australia's leading entrepreneurs - each who call him their "unreasonable friend"
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