Let’s talk about goal setting; how you go about purposeful goal setting, and making sure those goals actually get achieved.
How do you make goals work not only for New Years’ time, but throughout the whole year? How do you set goals that actually changing your life, transforming your life for the better?
Many people struggle with setting meaningful goals. That’s because while they seem simple, goal setting is not necessarily easy. They seem obvious, yet complex. So much so that one need to look deep into their lives understand what actually makes goal setting work. And only then will they be able to set proper, powerful goals to achieve your Purpose.
Vision Leads to Proper Goal Setting
If you’re like many of the ambitious people out there, then you have big dreams for your life. You know you’re capable of so much more. What that means is that you have some sort of dream. You have some sort of vision.
You have a vision of what your career could be like, how your business might be growing, what your health might be like, how your lifestyle is like. All of those areas in your life, to achieve big things in those areas, you need to have some goals to get you there.
Where People Make Mistakes with the Goal Setting Process.
There are a lot of people who work hard at achieving a goal. But, when they eventually achieve such goals, they do not derive any joy or satisfaction from achieving such goals. The main reason for this is that what you have accomplished is not linked to their inner values. This shouldn’t happen. Clarification of your values is an act you need to perform in each area of your life.
Purposeful goals are the objectives you intend to achieve in line with your values. It starts with developing your visions and values into tasks that you can easily accomplish each day until you achieve the main goal.
The skill to master in order to succeed is to set purposeful goals and make plans to achieve such goals. Without mastering the skill of value linked purposeful goal setting and developing action plans, you may not be able to fully utilize your potential or achieve any goal in life. All major accomplishments involve a sequence of steps.
Planning Each Step of the Goal Achievement Process
Through planning, your major definite purpose is turned into a multi-task project with step-by-step details, clear deadlines and sub-deadlines. The good news is that with practice, you can learn and master this skill. The more you practice, the better you become. Hence, you will be one the effective. This is the secrete of some of the most influential people in the world.
Organize your thoughts on a sheet of paper or using goal setting tools. There can be sub-lists for every list. Until you’re comfortable with your plan, keep updating and revising it. If there is any skill that can be learned, no exceptions should be made on the skill of planning.
Follow through with Action
Over the years, there have been many studies into the reasons why some people achieve more than others. In an effort to determine the common denominator of success.
The common denominator was “action orientation.” Those who achieve success are action oriented. And they take immense action. They make their moves very fast with precision.
Every great success you achieve is an indication that you’ve overcome one challenge or another. The critical determinant of your success is your ability to make a decision on what you want. Then, taking action steps and holding on in the midst of challenges and difficulties until you accomplish your goals.
So, if we all have the ability to set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable and realizable. Why is that a lot of people find it difficult to set one. Here are 4 reasons why people find it difficult to really set goals.
ONE: YOU DON’T REALIZE ITS IMPORTANCE
For most people, they don’t have the basic understanding of setting goals, hence, they don’t realize its importance. If you grow up in a home where no one sets goals let alone seeks to achieve them, you won’t see the need to set goals as well.
TWO: YOU HAVE NO GUIDE ON HOW TO SET GOALS
People are unable to set goals because they don’t have the guidance they need on how they can set goals. Worse still, there are a lot of people who have wishes or dreams which they term as goals.
Example of such wishes or dreams are, “be happy”, “make a lot of money”, or “have a nice family life”.
Of course, we all have wishes and dreams, but a goal is completely different from a wish, it is specific, measurable, and even time-bound.
THREE: YOU ARE AFRAID OF FAILING
The truth is nobody wants to fail. Failure is painful and distressing both emotionally and financially. We all have failed at one time or the other. While we resolve to learn from our experience to forge ahead, we allow these failures to ‘cage’ us and make us ‘play it safe’. Hence, we don’t maximize our potential to the fullest.
FOUR: YOU ARE AFRAID OF CRITICISM
These are people that feel that by setting a goal and not achieving that goal, they will receive criticism from others. If you fall into this category, I have a simple solution for you, ensure that your goals are confidential. There is no need to tell anyone your goals. Let your results and achievements speak for you.
Ultimately you are the one who determines whether or not you achieve your own goals. Whether they are business or personal goals, you have the power to determine how you achieve them. The really scary thing to acknowledge is that your future really is up to you and goal setting helps you to map out this future.
As Jim Rohn once said, “The reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”