Do you know GOAL SETTING matters most in our success?
Yes, I know you do, that’s why you came to this blog to learn more about goal setting and achieving processes.
Setting up a real goal is the most crucial task that makes us productive and successful.
Perfect goal setting will make you live a purpose-driven life and keep you away from unproductive tasks and distractions.
You can call it purpose, target, or a dream of your life. It might not be the ultimate dream but a dream you are working on.
Goal setting is the only thing if done properly, 50% of your work is done.
Why Goal Setting Is Important?
Goal setting is important to move in the right direction.
If you don’t know where to go, will you move anywhere?
If you try to move without knowing where to go, you will just be drifting around. And, possible chances are you will land up at the same place you’re started from.
When you are overwhelmed and feel distracted, Goal setting tells you what to do next.
That means if you want to move to the next level in your life by achieving something valuable, firstly, you have to know what exactly it is, right?
That’s where goal setting comes in place.
If you start doing any task without knowing what impacts it is going to make, there are very few chances that you will complete that task and achieve something valuable.
And if somehow you start doing it and completed it without putting in the right efforts at the right time, chances are you will not get desired results.
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them ever imagine.” – Brian Tracy.
Know your target first, so that you can find the actual path to follow.
How will you do that and do it successfully?
You want to achieve something in your life, something remarkable, which cannot be done the way you do other things.
It can be anything like better health, a good relationship, extra earnings, learning a new skill, or any other thing you want.
Here is how you do goal setting and achieve your goal within a specific period of time.
1. Know What Exactly Goal Is
Dreaming or wishing about something is not a goal.
You can dream about a rich life, a beautiful house, or a great personality and wish if they come true and change your life.
Is it going to happen?
I am not sure!
Because these are only fantasies that only can come true if someone else is doing it for you.
Let me explain?
“Goal should be specific and look real that it can be acheived by putting some efforts for a defined period of time.”
Let’s understand goal setting with examples.
Imagine your goal is to build a beautiful house to live with your loved ones.
First, you have to define that house with certain characteristics like;
- Name of the city and location in the city. The size of land. The number of bedrooms, kitchen, and halls. The interior and external design, and so on.
- Next, the budget you have. How much money are you going to spend to build this house? Write the exact amount of money. The money can go a little up and down as per the status of the market at that time, but write it down.
- Write down the date of the foundation and the date of the entrance to your house.
- And any other features you would like to have.
Now, this seems the goal for your beautiful house, not any wish or fantasy.
Write down your goal on paper. No printouts, no notes on your cell phone or computer, take a paper and pen it down.
Writing it down by holding a pen will make a clear picture of your goal on your subconscious mind, which will help you take action and stay stick to your goal.
The same goes for other things in your life, like health, finances, relationship, and your other goals.
Let’s understand it with the example of money;
Money, everybody wants so much money, but fewer people know how much is that “SO MUCH.”
Do you have any financial goals written on a paper you are currently working for?
Or do you just want a rich life?
Write down the amount of money you want to earn this year or within any other specific period of time.
- Write down the exact amount of money or saving you want like $100000.
- Write down the timing or deadline with the exact date, month and year.
- Plan it, what are you going to do to earn that money. How much time will it take every day?
Now, you’ve got a clear picture of goal setting in your mind. So, write down your next goal.
2 Goal Setting: Break Your Goal Into Small Chunks
It is important to divide your goals into small parts to maintain balance and not to get overwhelmed.
“People overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates
Divide your big goal into a yearly, monthly, weakly, and daily basis. This is a little math but anyone can do it.
Schedule the action plan week-wise, month-wise to keep the tracking.
Suppose you want to earn $100000 in one year;
- The monthly goal should be $100000 divided by 12
- Your weekly goal should be $100000 divided by 52
- The daily goal will be $100000 divided by 365
This will help you to stay motivated and focused on your goal.
Breaking down your goals in small chunks and completing those chunks one by one will help you develop the habit of finishing goals.
This way you can also measure your success towards your ultimate goal that how much you have walked and how much is remaining.
3. Action Plan And Required Skills: The Rapid Fire Step To Goal Setting
When you have your schedule planned, you will no longer need to ponder on your decision making at the time of action.
Having your goals written on a paper will help you to start working with full energy and better focus.
This will lead you to better productivity and you will be able to finish your goal within the deadline.
“Remember, you must plan your own life or you have to live your life according to someone else’s plan.”
Now, start doing it and if you need to level yourself up and need to upgrade your knowledge, start gaining the knowledge for it side by side.
Keep learning and applying the knowledge at the same time, and you will see yourself excited to learn and apply your newly learned skills.
Keep exploring the required skills you need to keep yourself moving up to the ladder of success.
4. Determination and Consistency
Keep doing your work on a daily basis. Add brick by brick and you will end up creating a wall one day.
Yes, there will be some setbacks and you might fall down on the way. Don’t let these enemies let you down and drawback.
Stay determined enough that you will achieve your goal and don’t let anything shake your focus from it.
Yes, there will be certain temptations while other people will have fun and live in their comfort zone. At that time keep reminding yourself why you started this goal, and if you quit you will fall back empty-handed.
Keep doing the work until you reach the final destination.
Maintain consistency, if you skip a day or two it might take some time to gain your focus back which can de-motivate you. So, keep your feet moving towards the direction of your goal.
Yes, a tough time will come! But, release your 100% potential and don’t let any obstacle or mental status defeat you.
5. Fell In Love With The Process, Enjoy The Journey
So far you have understood the goal-setting process and written down your goal. You have written the timeline and decided on the required capital needed to get the right resources.
Also, you have written down the new skills you need to accomplish your goal with a strategic approach.
Now, it requires continuity.
The best way of doing your work properly without getting bored is to fall in love with the process.
Keep an eye on your goal and feel the difference between working on a set goal and without having a goal.
See how this separates you from other people who don’t have goals and you will fall in love with it.
6. Measure Your Daily Progress
Measuring your daily progress makes you more attentive, progressive and motivated when working on your goal.
When you see the progress towards your goal, it will make you happy and work will seem like play.
Make sure, you are moving ahead on a daily basis, monthly basis, and yearly basis
Continuous progress will keep you moving toward your big goal. Keep analyzing, what you have done and what you are doing to accomplish your big goal.
7. Kill Procrastination
Procrastination is the biggest enemy for a progressive man. It is most important to win over procrastination to maintain productivity and complete your work on time.
Do your work even you feel like doing it or not.
When we start doing something most we are not liking to do most of the time we start enjoying it.
Start working on your most important task whether you are liking it or not and the rest mind will flow with your actions.
Get multiple copies of your written goal and stick them around, so that your goal can easily be visible to you.
This will keep reminding you what you need to do at this time when you are killing the time or procrastinating.
Remember; procrastination is the biggest enemy on your way to goal achievement, and your immediate action is the only weapon to kill it.
So, take the action and keep moving towards your goal.
8. Handle Distractions: Stay Focused
Be accountable for your goals. You can also share it with the person, who trusts you and pushes you up. By doing so, you will be accountable to him or her as well.
Keep a weekly meeting with the person you are accountable to so that you can discuss your progress and required resources to move forward.
When something distracts you or temptation comes your way, take a pause and think about your goal how far have you reached and how long it is to go and start working on it again.
Re-direct your focus to the right track. Before doing any unproductive or time-killing task, think about whether the task is contributing to your goal achievement or not.
Don’t let your mind be cluttered with negative thoughts stay focused on your goal.
Negativity can come to your mind when certain things don’t work as per your plan. At this stage, anyone can start doubting his/her capabilities.
Nobody is perfect in this world! So, when you fail, learn from that failure and get up and move forward.
Failure is the key to progress because you learn more from your failures than successes.
Every successful story has many failures that are invisible to people. Most of the people who are on the top today have failed many times.
Keep in mind what your life will look like when you will have achieved your goal. Start living it while you are working for it and keep chasing that visualization with your endless efforts.
Now, summing up with this bonus tip
Never Give Up
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”- Confucius
Sometimes, it seems difficult to achieve our goals. You might encounter lots of setbacks and feel exhausted.
It might seem the goal is impossible even after following all the strategies and following the right action plan. You will feel like it is not for you.
At this point, You will get an option of quitting or changing the goal.
You have to persevere at that time and change the strategy to achieve your goal.
Take a pause and re-gain your willpower and if required ask the experts, seek a mentor or coach to guide you.
Understand, failure is not fatal, but it asks you to try again with another strategy and bigger enthusiasm.
You are not the only one; everyone who does something big fails many times.
Quitting is not an option. Keep in mind; you are in pursuit of achievement until you are trying, stop considering yourself a loser.
Get up one more time!
Move one more step!
Change the strategy one more time! Never give up.
Repeat it until you achieve your goal.
This is my strategy of goal setting, which I apply in my life. It helps me keep pushing on the next level, and I believe it will help you as well.
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