Goal setting is the base of every successful planning and execution, during the last years Goal setting theories and techniques has evolved significantly, mainly because of the internet businesses that changed the traditional concepts of work.
The basics of goal setting should be practiced and maintained to ensure a successful completion of these goals, a person needs to adopt a particular technique for his or her own goal setting. Its very important that the goal setting is "clean" and personal, a person wishing to stop smoking because his wife has forced him to promise that will probably not achieve his goals. Anyone setting goals and targets should make sure that these are worth while targets and goals and that this project is going to require a lot of energy and commitment.
The process of setting goals is not complicated, but setting goals has to be done in a certain way for it to be most effective. After making sure that you want to achieve this goal and the it is in fact a part of your goal setting (and not anyone else's), you will need to write your goal setting reasons. Why are you setting this goals? What will you get from accomplishing these goals?.
Understanding the rewards of achieving a goal is very important since it makes your goal very clear, and the price you will pay to achieve it also. While writing your goals you should start thinking of how you will achieve your goals, you will need to make a detailed plan of reaching your desired goal. The "paper" plan is also very important because it should provide you with some logical resistance, you will need to find ways to reach your goals and time them, you will need to weight the plus and minuses of your plan and you the goal as you do that. The paper plan should, when finished, produce a clear, realistic and logical goal setting plan.
Make sure that your goal setting plan has a careful estimation of problems that you may encounter in the future, delays to the timeline you planned, particular challenges, a realistic plan should always set the target a little later than sooner, because life has a way of interrupting plans.
Try and create some state of mind for your goal setting. While it is always good to start working on changes in your life in a positive thinking mood, there are other mental directions you can use to help you on your way. Some people find that a challenge is what drives them most and they should set their goal setting on short distance targets, very focused on reaching every target as soon as possible, and keep the eyes on the prize at all time. If your target it too big or too complicated for this kind of technique, you can always break a bigger target into smaller ones, spacing the targets apart.
Time is critical in goal setting, you need to set yourself a time frame in which you expect to reach your goal. If you identify the obstacles on your way correctly you will have more time to recover from time loss, if you will be optimistic while setting the time frame (or non realistic) you will find yourself short of time, and of breath, as you struggle to get to the target on the set -- unrealistic -- time.
While working on a goal it is always good to keep that goal in mind. Goal setting is not just about writing something down and forgetting about it, you will be surprised to see how much of a difference notes and daily reminders of the goal will motivate you. Some people keep a written journal of their activities and goal setting performance so they can track their advance towards the target.