It’s a fresh new year! If you’re like me, you’re probably busy making a list of things to you want to do. Most likely things you didn’t do last year, which you promised to do the year before that and planned to do even before that. Something you didn’t get to do… you get my drift!
Though it seems funny, the truth is that a lot of us find ourselves in this kind of situation. Making resolutions and goals year after year without achieving anything.
Good news, though.
You don’t have to be stuck in this cycle. You can be just like all those achievers and goal diggers who eat success for breakfast if you do your goal setting right.
Goals are an integral part of success – these help you visualize what you want your future to be like. More than just visualizing, goals can become the foundation on which you build that future, which is why it’s important to set the right targets and achieve them.
Think of a goal that you want to achieve right now whether personal or professional.Are your goals clear and reachable? If not, make your goal S.M.A.R.T., it needs to conform to the following criteria: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based.
When setting a goal, be specific about what you want to achieve. Your goal should be well-defined. This isn’t necessarily a detailed list of how you’re going to meet a goal, but it should include an answer to the popular “wh” questions. Doing this will help you create a guideline for achieving targets which are geared towards something specific.
Know if the goal is attainable and how far away your completion is. Write down your goals and think of a metric on how you can measure it as this makes a goal more tangible because it provides a way to measure progress. Know when you have achieved your goal. Reward yourself. Celebrating achievements and goals met are a great way to keep you going. This reminds you of what you want to reach and why you should keep pursuing it. So go ahead and reward yourself for a job well done whenever you achieve something- whether big or small.
Focus on how important a goal is to you and what you can do to accomplish. The goal is meant to be an inspiration and motivation and not to discourage you. Think about how to accomplish the goal and if you have the tools and skills needed in order to attain your objectives. Create a plan. If you don’t currently possess those tools and skill set, consider on learning how to develop and enhance them.
The goal should be within the availability of resources, knowledge and time. This refers to focusing on something that makes sense with the broader goals. The goal should be aligned with your overall objective. Be realistic. Often times we cease to accomplish anything because we aim for the stars. Set goals that will challenge you, but are still achievable.
Set a target date and see to it that you have enough time to achieve your goal. Have a deadline to focus on and something to look forward to. This helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals because not having enough time can affect your performance in working on towards your goal.
Following the SMART criteria can improve your ability to reach them by encouraging you to define your objectives and set a completion date. Do keep in mind that Rome wasn’t built overnight or even in a year. Great dreams and bright futures can take time. Just set the right goals, stay focused and keep your eyes on that glorious prized future you want to achieve!
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