Setting goals are essential for organizational and personal success. Without setting goals you are more than likely to lose concentration and directions without a target. One important thing about goal building is that it provides an avenue for you to take charge of the direction your business or organization would go; it also provides you with a yardstick for success evaluation.
However, setting these goals is the easy part. Being dedicated and making continuous progress to achieve these goals is a totally different ball game. For this reason, a number of people fail to accomplish their set goals. However, if these golden rules are followed through progress is guaranteed. Working towards your goal will be easier, and you will have a much greater chance of achieving the goals you set out:
1. Don’t Set Too Many Goals: During our thought process of a list of things we want to achieve, we more often than not put together a long list of things we look to achieve; this is a great way to begin. The problem, however, is that we come up with a long list and are faced with the indecision of which ranks higher in terms of importance and which doesn’t.
Rather than do this, once your goals have been clearly mapped out, there should be some parameters set for yourself. For example, in six months I would assign myself three goals. What this means is that I can give each goal focus for two months.
Most goals, when you break them down, involve changing or developing a habit. Giving yourself two months to change the behavior that needs transforming, you are in with a better possibility than if you try to transform numerous routines at once.
2. Find the Connections: Upon deciding your goals, there is a need to find connections. More often than not when we set goals for ourselves, there is meant to be a natural connection between them. Raising start-up capital and Starting a company fits the example. There are two goals there, raising start-up capital and start a company. The two naturally fit together so you can plan around that.
3. Set Weekly Objectives: I can categorically tell you that the hardest part about achieving goals is focus. Focusing on your goal from start to finish can be a bit challenging. After plans have been mapped out on what we want to achieve, motivated, and determined, we are then faced with the harsh reality of day to day living. The daily crises and problems that get thrown up at us. When that happens, it can be hard to stay focused on our goals.
To conquer this, spend time every week as well as set a couple of objectives that will move you closer in the direction of attaining your goal. Breaking your goals down into bite-size goals like this helps to keep you focused on the process. In the long run, it’s the process that will take you closer to achieving your goals weekly.
4. Review Your Goals Weekly, Not Daily: Sometimes, when you go through your goals every day, you most likely become numb to it. Slowly the list begins to lose impact to you and you begin to go through a motion of just reading through.
Rather than do this daily, pick the end of the week and use it as a day of reflection. Reflect on what has been achieved that week and how far you have gotten on your goals. Analyze where you are weak, where you gave in to temptation, and where you failed. Then, create a plan to make sure the same thing does not happen the following week and set yourself one or two objectives to accomplish.
5. Have a Strong “Why”: When your goal lacks purpose it is termed a weak goal. You need to understand the reason behind achieving the goal. One important thing is, the reason why you want to achieve your goal needs to be YOUR reason, and not because someone else says it’s a good idea.
Furthermore, goals are essential in life because they provide a feeling of purpose; as well as a sense of purpose which provides you with a reason to get up in the morning with energy and enthusiasm.
Purpose gets you through difficult days and adds to your overall happiness and wellbeing.