Goal setting is a powerful tool for creating your ideal future.


It can be used for motivating yourself during those dark times as well as push you that extra mile when you need it most.


The process itself helps you to identify where you want to be in life and when followed up, how you’ll get there.


At James Hopkins Coaching we have found that the more precise a goal, the more you’ll be able to concentrate your efforts on achieving it.


This will keep you on track and help you to avoid the thousands of distractions around you.


So why should you set goals?


Studies around the globe have found that every top-level athlete, business owner and high achievers set goals in their life.


Setting goals allows them to produce both short and long term motivation. It allows them to organise their time effectively and make the most of their resources so they get the very best out of each day.


By setting clearly defined goals, you can measure your performance based on how much closer you are to the goal.


For example, if you wanted to make $3000 in January, you have a benchmark that you can work towards.


This will give you something to focus on and make sure you don’t feel lost on your journey.


The James Hopkins Coaching team continuously finds that once an individual begins achieving the goals they set themselves, they grow in confidence and overall happiness.


But how exactly does one set goals?


Goals should begin with your long term vision.


Where do you see yourself this time next year? In 5 years? 10 years?


Once you’ve established where you want to be, it’s time to break down your goals into smaller objectives.


For example, if you’re looking at your 1 year goal, what is the best way for you to achieve that?


Begin by setting a goal for what you’ll achieve this month. What can you achieve this month that will get you one step closer to that goal?


You can then break this down further into your weekly goals and daily goals.


At James Hopkins Coaching, we have found that the smaller and more achievable your initial goal, the more likely you are to reach your long term goal.


For example, if your yearly goal is to make $10,000 a month, start by earning $1000.


Once you’ve made $1000 in a month, increase this to two.


Making slow, steady increases will push you slowly towards your long term vision.


One mistake we commonly find at James Hopkins Coaching, is that individuals set their goals too high.


They will go from never making money online to aiming to make $10,000 a month.


This is very unrealistic and individuals will often feel disheartened when they fail to reach their goal.


Instead, start on the small things and build this up.


Start small, win big. This is the secret to long term success in every area of your life.