What is Goal Setting?

Goal setting is the process of deciding on something you want, planning how to get it, and then working towards the objective.

There are different types of Goals:

  • Personal Goals (Social , Emotional , Financial, family & friends, Acquisitions)
  • Professional Goals
  • Spiritual Goals
  • Academic / Learning Goal

Let us take some time to understand the characteristics of a goal. Goals should be:

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timed

Most of us start with strong motivation, but somewhere along the line, we tend to lose our momentum towards achieving pour set-goals. We face “Goal Paralysis“.

The reason most people don’t reach their goals is that most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable.

Faith & Conviction in your Goal is mandatory!

Let us take a lot at the possible road blocks that inhibit us from reaching our goals:

  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Underestimating completion time
  • Not appreciating failure
  • Not reviewing Progress
  • Setting Negative Goals
  • Setting too many goals
  • Setting “Other People’s Goals”

Planning and Execution are important for Goal Setting. However, there something else that is something more important for achieving a goal… Motivation.

Stephen Covey has succinctly put it. “Motivation is fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are that it will burn very briefly.” Thus, Intrinsic Motivation is the best form of Motivation.

Many a times, we become demotivated and stop striving for our Goal. It is always wise to know our foes than our friends. So let us know more about some of the demotivators:

  • Unexpected challenges
  • Mismatch between concept and reality
  • Stress and pressure
  • Failure at a point
  • Emotional issues
  • Procrastination

What must one do when they are confronted by such demotivators?

  1. Visualise
  2. Realign
  3. Reconnect

Visualise:

Your goal all over again. It is noted that Visualizing is far more powerful than writing. Human beings are the sum total of what they think about and focus on the most.

Realign:

  • Keep the operational Goals small.
  • Prioritize which goals are most important for you to focus on right now. Sometimes we may have too many goals to confuse us.
  • Identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from moving forward. Replace them with new healthy belief systems
  • Use WIFM – what’s in (it) for me : costs and gains

Reconnect:

  • Don’t set very low goals … Higher Goals lead to a greater effect
  • Identify environments and activities that unlock energy and creativity.
  • Positive self talk & self affirmations- Change the inner script primed for failure and criticism
  • Reassess strengths and weakness

If your Goals seem very big, divide it into Short Term Goals and Long Term Goals.
Remember, your Short Term Goals are the stepping stones to your Long Term Goals.

“The Victory of Success is Half Won When One Gains The Habit Of Setting And Achieving Goals”
-Og Mandino

6 Key Steps To Achieve Your Goals

It’s coming to the end of 2016 and the new year is coming. During the new year, many people will set their goals such as faster job promotion, a salary increase, spend more time with your family etc. While it’s good to set your goals for the new year, most people never actually achieve their goals. Why?

The simple explanation for that is 2 fold. One, most people do not set clear goals and have a very vague idea of what their goals is. The second reason is most people do not take steps to achieve the goals they have set.

In a way, the second reason is dependent on your goals. If you only have a vague idea of what your goal is, then it becomes almost impossible to take steps to achieve your goals.

The following 6 key steps will help you achieve better results with your goals:

1. Set a specific goal.

Setting a goal that is specific allows you to have a clearer picture of what you want to achieve. For example instead of setting a goal of I want to be rich in 2007, set a goal that you want to earn $100,000 in 2007. I find numbers and figures when setting your goals makes it more achievable and more easily attainable.

2. Set a timeframe for your goal.

Every goal you set must have a timeline. The reason for that is so that it can be easy to assess whether you have achieved your goal and if not, the reasons why and how far off to your goals are.

Setting a timeframe also motivates you to meet the deadline and to take necessary action to meet that dateline. If you do not set a time frame to your goals, you probably end up chasing that dream for the rest of your life.

3. Set A Realistic Goal.

Your goal should be realistic and achievable in a timeframe that you set. Setting a realistic goal makes it more achievable and real rather than a fantasy. It’s not a bad thing to have high goals but you may need to tweak your goals as you go along if you find that it is not realistic.

4. Chart Your Progress

It is important you establish short term goals or what I called landmark goals that determine your exact position on the goal you are setting. For example, if you aiming to earn $100,000 a year. Set a short term goal of $30,000 in march, $60,000 in june and then see if you met your short term goals.

Doing this allows you to determine whether you are exceeeding or lacking behind in your goals. Then you can take extra steps to catch up.

5. Be prepared For Obstacles

Many a times, you will be faced with obstacles along the way to your goal. It’s perfectly natural and do not get discouraged or frustrated. One of the greatest achievements you can accomplished is to overcome these obstacles.

Even if you did not achieve your goals, take it as a challenge for your next goal. The point is never give up.

6. Give A Reason For Your Goals

Sometimes, setting a goal by itself is not sufficient to motivate you. Deep down inside each of us, we have a personal reason for setting that goal. For example, setting a goal of earning $100,000 a year. The reason could be so that the family can live in comfort and the children can have the toys they always wanted but couldn’t have.

If you can follow these simple 6 key steps, they can give you the drive to succeed in your goals and in life as well. Goal Setting may be cliché but if you follow and take steps to achieve it, you will achieve the goals in life you wanted.