Goal setting is an important aspect for anyone to be successful. Goal setting enables you to achieve your tasks in an organised fashion and within the limited time frame. Therefore, it is important that goals are set very carefully. Proper planning is needed for goal setting otherwise one can lost their focus and get side tracked. When you have set your goals, you would not only feel confident about the work you are doing, but you would also prioritise what needs are to be fulfilled first. These raise your motivation and self esteem and you have a positive outlook towards the work that you are doing.
While setting goals or even planning for them, you have to ensure that your goals are SMART. That means, they should be:
Specific – i.e. to the point e.g I want to make $100,000 by the end of 2018 and not “I want to be rich by the end of 2018”
Measurable – i.e. you can judge how much of the goal is accomplished e.g How much do I need to make each month for me to hit my target of $100,000 at the end of 2018?
Attainable – i.e. they should be within your potential of achievement e.g do I have the resources that will enable me earn such money?
Realistic – i.e. they should be practically achievable and not something which is vague e.g, if you have not earned $10,000 or more in a year, then where is the capacity?
Timely – i.e. there should be a time frame in which these goals should be achieved e.g I want to be worth $100,000 by 31st December, 2018.
So, having a SMART approach while setting goals would make you identify the loopholes, gauge yourself and help you achieve your goals easily. These goals would help you climb the ladder of success in slow but concrete steps.
When you have a large goal to achieve, make sure that you divide it into smaller goals which seem easy to achieve. For instance, if you have to submit an important report within a deadline, set smaller goals which would help you achieve your larger goals. In this case, steps such as hypothesis, data collection, result analysis and compilation can be the smaller steps which would help to achieve the goal of report submission. Deadlines should always be associated with smaller goals too so that as you cross them, you are aware of your progress and the work done.
The major part of goal setting is that it should not be rigid. Goals should be set such that they are attainable and flexible. Flexibility doesn’t mean to be very lenient with the goals, but rather, you should perk up your goal plan as you go along with it. Perking it up would make you correct the problems which you face in the implementation of your goal plan. So, time your goals well, perk them up regularly and plan them according to your priorities so that you don’t end up losing the game.
There are many types of goals that you can set such as, professional goals, creative goals, personal goals, family goals, educational goals, financial goals and so on. By categorizing your lifetime goals, you would be able to make sure that nothing is left out. Line up your goals so that you know what to prioritize first and when to execute it.
Goal setting not only helps you plan your life, but it also enables you to ensure that you are in control of your life. Setting smart goals this way ensures their timely completion as well as reduces your stress levels.