5 Creative Goal Setting Methods That Are Anything but Ordinary

You’ve heard that you should make a list of your goals, create a plan and follow it until you achieve success, right? While that can be good advice, there’s more than one way to reach your destination. Plus, who wants to go about the process in the same old boring way when you can have fun hitting the top by doing something different instead?

Just as everyone has their own goals, they also have their own way of reaching them. The processes may have some similarities, but often they’re more different than they are the same. That’s not a bad thing either as it just goes to show that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ way to go about being successful.

So, how can you achieve whatever you want to do in a way that doesn’t bore you to pieces? Try some of these unique and fun ideas and see if you can get your creative juices flowing in way that leads you to your final destination:

1. Sing Your Goal

Instead of just writing down your goal and how you’re going to achieve it, make a song about it. Put your words into a catchy melody and give them some meaning.

Music has a way of reaching deep into your heart and soul and touching you. Everyone has those songs that, when you hear them, take you back to a specific event or person and can make you feel just the way you felt at that particular moment in time, even if it was 10, 20 or more years ago.

So, if you create a song that symbolizes how you feel right now and how you want to feel once you reach your goal, you’ll be more likely to keep those feelings with you when you think of it. It will also help keep you motivated because, as you’re aware, when you get a song in your head it can be awful hard to get it out. Besides, you may just write the next number one hit!

2. Write a Poem About It

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Another slightly different goal setting approach is to turn it into prose. Come up with a poem that says exactly what the goal means to you, why it’s important to reach it and how you’re going to make it happen. You can make it rhyme or it can be free verse. Either way, it becomes a reflection of where you are now and where you want to be.

This method is great because you can create a poem that speaks in plain language, describing the specifics clearly and concisely, or it can be one of those poems that has a deeper meaning that is hidden behind the words – something that only you, the author, understands and can read into.

3. Create a Goal Club

Just because you have to do all the hard work to hit your target doesn’t mean that you have to go about it alone. In fact, you may just increase the odds of reaching your goal if you have other people on the journey with you.

Not only will others cheer you on and motivate you when you’re feeling ready to give up, but they’ll also hold you accountable. If you’re not making any progress, they’re going to want to know why. This can help keep you focused and honest when it comes to doing what needs to be done to get where you want to be.

You could set up weekly meeting where you can all share how things are going for you and get ideas from other members on areas that may be difficult to oversome. Or, you could create an online forum where you can each go when it is convenient for you or when you feel the need for some extra help. No matter how you work it, you’ll likely see some very positive results as long as you’re all committed to the process.

4. Use Social Media

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If you’re willing to be open and forthcoming about the fact that you have a particular goal that you want to reach, then why not share it with others?  Chances are good that someone else may have a similar goal and maybe your posts could help them out. Or, perhaps you’ll inspire another person to do the same thing and achieve their own success.

You can Tweet your triumphs and hurdles or create a Facebook page that is reflective of what you’ve set out to do. Give your goal a voice and let others interact with you and encourage you along your journey.

One word of caution: not all advice that you get will be good. So, if someone comments something that doesn’t jive with what you want, just thank them kindly then go about your business. You can be cordial but still not do what they recommend, especially if you know it won’t work for you.

5. Write a Blog

A lot of people write blogs these days. It’s more or less an online journal where you can write honestly and openly about what you’re feeling and how you’re doing. If you don’t want others to know that it’s you, you can keep it anonymous by using a different name. Just write in it regularly and pour your heart out.

It’s amazing the number of people who will connect with you and either offer helpful suggestions or just give you a pat on the back and tell you to keep going. Plus, if you’re having one of those days where you don’t feel like you’re getting ahead, you can always go back and read past posts and see how much you’ve advanced.

This is also where you can keep track of what you’ve done along the way to get you from point A to point B. It may wind up being a road map for others with similar goals as they can see what you did that created so much success for you.

Going about achieving your goals shouldn’t be a process that is a chore. It should be fun and exciting and keep you motivated about where you’re headed. Find a goal setting method that works for you and get yourself taking steps in the right direction. It’s time to become the person you’ve always wanted to be and today is your day.

About the author

Christina DeBusk

Changing careers mid-life from law enforcement to writing, Christina spends her days helping others enrich their businesses and personal lives one word at a time.

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