Goal setting is a process of finding out the things that are relevant and irrelevant in your life and preparing a plan to achieve the desired result.
If you want to be successful, you have to set goals. Without goals, you lack focus and direction. Set goals which allow you to take control of your life and provide you a benchmark to make sure whether you are actually succeeding.
Set goals that are important to you. If you have very little interest in the outcome or if they are not so compelling in the future, there is every chance they won’t materialize. You should be motivated and keep your focus on achieving your goals.
Using George T. Doran’s SMART system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria) for goal-setting can be very helpful. There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write goals and objectives. The SMART goals program is broken down like this:
- Must be Specific
- Must be Measurable
- Must be Attainable
- Must be Realistic and Relevant
- Must be Time-bound.
Your goals must be clear, specific and well defined. It should not be vague. The information about the goals should be clear and you should have a clear idea of what you want. There should not be any further questions on it.
The goals that you set must include precise parameters.
If your goal is to get fit or lose weight, you should know how much weight you have to lose and the time limit by when you can achieve it. If you want to be rich, you have to include the amount of money you need to call yourself rich.
So, set a goal with some measurable parameters that answer questions like how much, how many, when, what is the result, where, etc…
Your goals should be achievable given your current situation. Ensure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set goals that you cannot achieve, you will only demoralize yourself and destroy your confidence.
On the other hand, do not set goals that are easy. Set realistic and challenging goals. On attaining your goals, you should feel the sense of personal satisfaction.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
Set Realistic and Relevant Goals
The goals you set should be realistic and relevant. Your goals should take you in the direction where you want to go in your life and career so that you are willing to work on them. You can set high and realistic goals. Only you can decide how high your goal can be.
A high goal can be accomplished easily with high motivational force. If you love the goal and the result, even the path to the hardest goal seems easy.
Set Time-Bound Goals
Your goals must have a deadline which means, you know when you can celebrate your success. If you have a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and the result will be that much quicker.
Depending on the type of goal you can make them either short-term or long-term goals. Prioritize your goals in the order of importance and decide how much time you can allow for each of the goals.
You can have a lot of goals based on your present situation. If you do not have any goals, start by setting some goals. If you’ve never thought much about this, here are some goals that you might want to consider.
- Set-up a well-stocked emergency fund
- Get Out of Debt
- Create a Passive Income Source
- Always spend less than what you earn
- Read a lot
- Early to bed early to rise
- Do not let other people affect you in a negative way
- Do something every day to come closer to your dreams
- Learn to say No
- Experience new things
- Processed Foods
- Diet Detox
- End Any Addiction to Stuff That You May Have.
The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.
Make an Action Plan
This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term.
If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail
Stick with It!
Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plans you set for yourself along the way can change significantly. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.
If a plan does not work then, change the plan but not the goal.