Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

PUBLISH DATE 1st April 2020

Many of us feel as if we are lost in the world. We work hard, but do not seem to get anywhere worthwhile. The reason that we feel this way maybe because we haven't spent enough time thinking about what we want from life, and haven't set ourselves formal goals. After all, none of us would set out on a major journey with no real idea of our destination, right?

Goal setting is a powerful process while considering your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to create your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you decide where you would like to go in life. By setting objectives and creating a clear-cut roadmap to reach your intended target, you'll be able to decide on how to manage your time and resources to make progress. This will also help you spot the distractions that can lead you adrift.

Although, the real challenge is not determining if you want the result, but if you are willing to accept the sacrifices that come your way. It is easy to sit around and think about what we could do or what we'd wish to do. But an entirely different thing to accept the challenges that come along with our goals. Everybody wants a gold medal. Few people want to train like an Olympian.

How to set goals?

Start the process by viewing your lifetime goals. Get the "big picture" of what you want to do with your life or over the next 10 years of your life, and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve. Next, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan. Then create a one-year plan, six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you simply should reach to attain your lifetime goals. Each of those should be to support the previous plan. Then create a daily to-do list of things that you should do each day to work towards your lifetime goals. When you've achieved a goal, take time out to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. This helps build the self-confidence you deserve. Also, a quite simple yet effective technique is writing down your goals. When we visually see something, it affects how we act. You’re more likely to be productive if you can see what you have to do, instead of just thinking about it. 

 Finally, review your plans, and make sure that they fit how you want to live your life and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience.

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive.

Specific: Don’t be vague. Exactly what do you want? The narrower your goal, the more you’ll understand the steps necessary to achieve it.

Measurable: Quantify your goal. How will you recognize if you’ve achieved it or not? Setting milestones along the way will offer you the chance to re-evaluate and course-correct as required.

Attainable: Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life while taking into consideration your current responsibilities.

Realistic: It has to be doable, real, and practical. Ask yourself why the goal is vital to you, how achieving it'll help you, and the way it'll contribute toward your long-term goals.

Time: Associate a time frame with each goal. When should you complete the goal?

Using the SMART goal framework sets boundaries and defines the steps you ought to take, resources necessary to reach there, and milestones that indicate progress along the way. With SMART goals, you’re more likely to attain your goal efficiently and effectively.

An example: I will obtain a job as a high school math teacher within three months after graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Education.

Specific: The goal of becoming a high school mathematics teacher is well-defined.

Measurable: Success may be measured by the amount of applications, interviews, and job offers.

Attainable: The goal setter will have the appropriate degree for the job.

Realistic: The goal setter is planning to get a job in the education industry after getting an education degree.

Time: The goal setter has set a deadline to realize their objective within the three months following graduation.

To conclude, Goal setting is an important method for deciding what you want to achieve in your life, separating what's important from what's irrelevant, or a distraction, motivating yourself, and building your self-confidence, based on achievement of goals.


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