Goals are very essential in life, providing a sense of direction, motivation and a clear focus. It won’t be wrong to say that people without goals in their life, merely exist. People who have goals are the ones who discover the real value in their life. By setting goals, you are establishing a target to aim for. Few things to keep in mind when setting goals are:
- What purpose will this goal achieve? Do you really want that result? Will it help you in some way? We need to set priorities about the things we want out of life when we are setting goals. It is only when the goal is practical and purposeful will we stay motivated to achieve it.
- What constraints and difficulties will you have when you are setting your goal? Your goal achievement is not going to be a simple process. Of all the constraints, you will find that there is one constraint, which you can term as the primary constraint. In most cases, this primary constraint is money. It could be something else for you, like a mindset that you have developed and you need to fight with in order to reach towards your goal. Analyze this primary constraint.
- Make your plans to fight this primary constraint. You need to move on ahead, and overcoming this chief difficulty is going to take you several notches ahead towards fulfilling your goals. So, focus your energies on this one primary constraint and the remainder of your path will smoothen itself out.
- Look forward to the results. You should always want your goals to be fulfilled so bad that you can almost taste it. You want to make it happen. It is only when you are so relentless about it can you make a good deal out of your goal setting and, thus, your life.
However, we like to abide by theories; they put a concrete spin on things. They make difficult tasks seem achievable. Even for your goal setting practices, there is a wonderful theory that you can use. This theory, popularly known as SMART, is a strategy you can implement to set goals that you can easily achieve. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.
SPECIFIC: every goal must be clear and unambiguous. It must be well defined.
MEASURSBLE: goals set must be measurable towards accomplishment. For example, “I will go for a run every other day”
ACHIEVABLE: you should be practical about your set goals and stay within attainable limits. Your goals shouldn’t go over individual capacity too much. Although it’s okay to challenge yourself, going too far will only make you lose motivation and give up.
REALISTIC: it is important to set realistic and relevant goals. It is impossible to say I want to be a president today without doing the necessary things.
TIMELY: create a clearly defined timeline including a start and end date. This is to create a focus and keep you on track and in check. For example, saving money for a particular thing, say holiday, you have a start and end date towards that goal.
In summary, goals are achievable when you stay focused and implement the SMART strategy. Smart goals ensure success and helps push you further. It helps you organize and reach your goals.