Goal Setting

It’s Not the Will to Win but the Will to Prepare to Win That Counts.

Everyone wants to be successful. Even those who are successful want to be more successful. No one is comfortable at their current state. We all want a positive change each new day. As the New Year 2019 is approaching, many of us have/are dreaming of having 2019 as one of their most successful years in their lives. We all are aware that before we achieve anything life, we have to know what we want, why we want it and how we will achieve it. If you have been following my posts, you must have noticed that in order to succeed, you need to set a goal that is achievable and reasonable. We all set goals. We set goals for our careers, our health, and our education and in all aspects of our lives. We are aware of the five characteristics that a goal should have- which are summarized with the SMART criteria: Specific,Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. There are many articles written on this particular criteria and every author has his/her own meaning.Some of them write because they want to write and thus you can’t get any positive influence after reading their motivation. They tend to assume that we all know how to set the goal and thus don’t give the very details about how to make a goal be SMART and that’s why many people came to say that the SMART criteria doesn’t work. Well, the SMART criteria doesn’t apply to all objectives or goals but only helps in weighing how reasonable and achievable your objectives or goals are.

Despite the fact that the SMART criteria does not apply to all goals or objectives, at the end of the day, you should be able to set a goal that is SMART. By these I mean:

Specific-in terms of what it is, who are the activities to be involved and who are the participants.

Measurable: The quantity of progress or change expected throughout the objective.

Achievable: in terms of skills available, resources and time.

Realistic: your goal should be reasonable depending on the resources and time available.

Time-bound: your goal should have a timeline indicating the amount of time you have allocated to the goal.

Goal is an idea of the future or a desired result that a person or group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve. It could also be a purpose or an aim. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In success, the first step is goal setting. And get this from me, it’s the most difficult part of success. This is the step that holds most people back without them realizing it. They tend to focus on achieving goals with defining the goals or making wishes instead of wills. In these post, you will not only be motivated but you will learn how to set goals and how to achieve them in any industry or aspect of life.

The following are the things you should consider when setting a goal.

  1. Understand what you need and why you need it. Everyone has his/ her own wished. Some wish to own a car, a magnificent house among other desires. Before starting the farming business, a good farmer list all the requirements which include labour, capital, land, management skills and equipment, etc. Maybe yours is to double your profits from your business by the end of 2019 or to buy a 5 acre land for farming. Just take some minutes to figure out what is that you really want and why. After doing so, prioritize each wish or desire from the most important to the least and select the most three important needs. If possible, note them down on a piece of paper. By doing so, you will be updating your mind about what it should be focusing on. People who don’t write down goals are less likely to accomplish them.
  2. For each of the three goals you have identified as the most important goals, break each into sub-goals. For instance, your goal is to lose weight, what is the specific weight you want to lose? To get this sub-goal, ask yourself the weight you want to have at when you have lost weight. For instance, I am 120kg and I want to be 110kg, my sub goal will be, I want to lose 10kg of weight. Breaking your goal into sub-goals helps you to attain the S and M-Specific and Measurable.
  3. Identify the actions that should be taken to achieve that goal. When an athlete whose goal is to be a winner in the race is having two competitors ahead of him with only 100m away, he/ she has to speed up in order to overtake the two competitors. For instance, your goal is read a 900 pages novel in 9 days, your actions could be to read 100 pages a day. Make clear the actions that need to be taken using the “I WILL” phrase. For instance, I will be running 5 laps each morning.
  4. When you’re setting a goal, compare the results desired with your current situation and the resources available. For instance, I want to lose 10kg. I will be running 5 laps each morning. This sub-goal is not achievable to a person who has asthma and leaving in very cold conditions. This is because, the morning hours are very cold and instead of helping you achieve your goal, it will be bringing more harm to you. Another example is a person addicted to drug abuse and whose goal is to quit smoking and puts his sub-goal as not to smoke for the next 30 days is not achievable because that’s not the right action to be taken. Always create goals that you can accomplish in each stage of life.
  5. Every successful goal need a timeline. The goal “I want to lose 10kg” is not good enough. Leaving it as it is one of the reasons why you may end up not achieving it. Having a timeline or time-bound as part of your goal will not only help you on knowing how fast you need your goal but will also help you in measuring the progress of your achievements. For instance, I will lose 10kg of weight by March 2019. This goal is Specific, Measurable, achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
  6. Every successful person has a painful story. This is a very famous quote that can be found by a click of a button on the search engines. Most of us tend to us this quote to justify the reason for your continuous failure without knowing that the same quote can help you overcome those failures. Before you start working on your goal, always evaluate all the possible things that may hinder you from achieving the goal. It could be in terms of your friends, workmates, parents, skills, technology, work and environment among other factors. For instance, losing 10kg just running in the morning can’t be achieved in four Months. You need gym attires and a mentor at some point. If you lack any prior gymnasium workout skills, this could be one the obstacles. Identifying obstacles before working on your goals helps you know identify with action will work and that which won’t.
  7. The joy of success is achieving a goal. Always give yourself a motivating factor that will keep you moving. Set a reward to yourself upon accomplishment of the goal. For instance, if I lose 10kg by March 2019, I will buy a bicycle for myself. This should at some point help you to remind you of your achievement and hinder you from going back to your initial step.