Learn to Set Goals

There are those who are bounded by laws and rules, yet success is too distant for them. On the other hand, there are those who appears to be easy going people but are successful. Think you have what it takes to be like them? Or would you rather do something different to achieve the elusive success? Take heart and set your goals.

What do goals represent by the way? These are actually representations of your visions about you and your future. Goals should be achievable and realistic. These kinds of goals allow you to put them into practice or at least do some activities that allow you to monitor your progress. However, more is involved in just merely setting realistic goals. Remember that in order to achieve your goals, you must act according to your goals. Otherwise, all else would be vanity if you do not exert effort in reaching them. The following will help you set achievable goals:

1. Enhance your skills in achieving targeted goals by setting objectives, as well as standard and optional activities that will help you meet your goals.

2. Strategize and take risks in meeting your goals. Strategic thinking is very important because this will allow you to be productive and focus on the activities according to your goals.

3. Act in accordance to your goals. Proper mind setting is very important in achieving your goals. Take the extra mile. Try taking risks but never compromise your safety. Taking risks means that you are ready to learn new things and challenges that will help you in the long run.

On one hand, you may wonder why there is a need for you to set goals if you think you have not failed at all in your endeavors. Remember that setting goals does not mean that you always fail. Setting goals means that you are acknowledging your limitations and you are ready to work your way up towards success, professionally or personally. It is for this reason why objective goals matter.

Moving forward, you also have to consider that there are goals that are just too hard to achieve on your own. At times, these goals even create conflicts that you might think of surrendering in the long run. Take heart. Everybody have similar concerns at times. If this situation occurs and you think that surrendering is the last option, why not look for a partner, a friend maybe who is willing to help you out with your goals? Collaborate with your prospective partner and learn to prioritize. If it requires spending time in plotting all the possibilities, both the pros and cons, try it.

Remember that goal setting is focused on your benefits. So try working things out and focus, focus, and focus. Minimize or avoid distractions if possible so you can work your goals better. Work that proper mindset for a clearer vision of you achieving those valuable goals. If you are vying for promotion in your workplace, it is important that you see yourself already in the position you want. If you are aiming for a personal or educational goal, make things happen by planning and doing things related to your goals. You will then realize that goals, no matter how difficult they may appear, are still valuable to consider. Once your goals are achieved, sweet success knocks on your door commending you for a job well done.

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

Be SMART when Setting Goals

Goal setting is like working on a business plan, it needs to be felt and analyzed. It needs more than just an evaluation of what you want and desire, it entails an in-depth analysis of what you are capable of and what you want to do. Just like a business plan, you should also consider the risk and rewards, cost and opportunities, possibilities and resources. It takes so much to set a life goal, but it is the foundation of getting what you want. It is the path in which you drive your efforts into, a solid brick foundation of your dreams and ambition.

Being SMART when setting goals is important. Especially if you really want good results at the end of your quest. Just like in business planning, you need your goals in place, and should follow the SMART principle. Goals needs to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bounded.

Specific – When an objective is put in place, you should be very specific about it. It should not be too general for it can mislead you to what you really want. Be clear and precise about your goals and you will have a clear direction into it.

Measurable – You should be able to measure the progress you are making towards your goal. In setting up a goal, you should be able to answers questions about quantity such as “how much” and “how many”. Knowing the figures will help you in the evaluation if you are really gearing up towards your objective.

Achievable – We know that we are bound to great things, that everything is possible, but let us not disregard our limitations and specialties. Our skills are enhanced on various matters; we do not have the monopoly of all the knowledge and skills. Everything can be learned but wouldn’t it be more realistic and achievable if we gear our objectives up to what we were really meant to be?

Relevant – Choose goals that matters to you. You can set a lot of specific goals, one that you think will work out just fine to make your life better but is it relevant? Is it important? Is it worth your time and effort? Choose what is relevant, choose what matters.

Time-bound – Set a time frame. Know when you would want to have your goals and objective materialized. The tendency of not setting a time frame that is realistic is that you will tend to procrastinate doing things. So have a realistic time frame and work on your objectives religiously.

Still, like all other things, being SMART is not the end of goal setting, You need to EVALUATE and RE-EVALUATE just to make sure that all other things are still gearing towards your goal. SMART setting of goals need not be the smartest for you leave no room for flexibility in the superlative form, you just need to be SMARTER and you’re off to a good start.

Remember, You Are More Powerful Than You Know!

Brian K. Bailey and Iyabunmi Moore

IMpowerment Coaches
Brian K. Bailey is a fitness consultant, motivator, and personal development coach. On this site you will find a wide variety of content, information, tips, and tricks when it comes to personal development, and many other topics that will help you along the path of Transforming Your Life! http://www.impowermenow.com/

5 Easy Steps To Accomplishing Any Goal

In “Think and Grow Rich”. Napoleon Hill wrote “nothing is impossible to the person who backs DESIRE with enduring FAITH.”. Let’s simplify that by saying “nothing is impossible to the person who establishes a definite goal and truly believes that they can attain that goal.”

Once you’ve established your goal, there are two key elements necessary to accomplishing that goal, a definite date and a definite plan. I’ve learned that it’s easier to accomplish things if we break them down into small tasks. You don’t just put the whole steak in your mouth, you cut it up into small bite sized pieces. Not only does it taste better, but it’s also easier for your body to digest. You should break your goals down the same way.

Accomplishing Any Goal is just 5 Easy Steps away:

1. Establish a definite date – Set your goals in reverse. Pick a date of completion and work backward. Ex. Set a goal for the end of the month and then set short term goals for each day through the end of the month. This way you are setting short and long term goals and each day as you accomplish your short term goals you move one step closer to accomplishing your long term goal. Don’t forget to include personal development goals and days off.

2. Keep a calendar – Take the goal you set for the end of the month and write that goal in on the last day of the month. Then write down the short term goals for each day through the end of the month.

3. One at a time – Don’t try to cram everything into one day. If you try to post to your blogs, post to the forums, post classified ads, participate in groups, submit articles and work on your Squidoo lenses, etc. all in one day you’ll burn yourself out. Instead, focus on one or two things every day and then cross it off. Mark an ‘X’ on the calendar on the days you complete the scheduled tasks.

4. Set a time limit – Aim for one to two hours per day. By limiting the time you are spending and focusing on one or two tasks every day, you’ll build momentum and increase your success rate.

5. Stick with it – Stick with your schedule. Switching things up too often can get in the way of your success.

With a written plan, you’ll make accomplishing your goals easier. At the end of the month when you see more ‘X’s than empty squares, you’ll feel more accomplished. By implementing the 5 Easy Steps to Accomplishing Any Goal, you’ll find yourself making progress, building self-confidence and reaching and accomplishing your long term goals.