I know you must have read several articles, books, journals on goals. You may as well have read that being successful is all about setting goals? Well, it may come as no surprise to you to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting your goals.
Most of us, at some time, have been told that an essential part, if not the major part, of being successful is setting goals. If that were true majority of us would be successful millionaires, actors, parents etc. In this article I will show you why many people fail to achieve their goals and how to be successful in whatever you want or need.
Setting goals is easy but do you really know exactly what you want, and why, in terms of compelling, inspiring and overarching long-range goals and objectives?
Below are few steps you need to sincerely follow and you will be glad you did.
The first step is, understanding what “Goal” is
1) What is a goal?
A goal is a target achievable in measurable attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need and has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and often just fleeting. For instance; show me a person who does not desire or wish to win the lottery with all its millions in prize money. Very few would not but, despite the widespread desire, it is not a goal. A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than a mere wish or desire.
2) How to set a goal?
Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable wish, need or desire. First you must decide on the following;
do you want?
Where do you want to be?
Your status, career or qualifications?
A goal can relate to any desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. After deciding on the listed points above, the next thing to do is to break down the goal into small individual steps or actions. Achievable goals are goals where you can influence their realization and measure your progress towards them.
To achieve set goals in a SYSTEMATIC manner you need to focus, you need to spend your hard work on these small individual steps you have set one after the other without thinking about the goal. You have to immerse yourself completely to the work at hand right now. And in this way with each small work ,your hard work ,dedication and more importantly your discipline will add up to give you the goal that you want to achieve. Also bear in mind that; being systematic in your work and consistent is the key to success, Intelligence is nothing but getting a perceptive about the situation and also Cleverness and skill is to find the solution for the situation.
3) Know what actions are required.
Goals require action on your part. First, you need to decide what action is required to achieve the set goal. After that, the next action is to write your goals down. Putting pen to paper, and this is one time thing when a real pen and paper are required, this is giving your goals an existence of their own.
Let’s take a look at this example;
You went to an organization to source for a contract, the first question you will be asked is; CAN I SEE YOUR PROPOSAL? Then you come up with the excuse of I just came to see you first, the CEO/MD will see you as not being serious.
Writing a plan is an essential step in achieving your goals. You need a job, prepare your resume. You need a contract, write your proposal. Like i said earlier; a plan is an essential step in achieving your goals without it you will, over time, amend the long term goal to fit your reality. You will eventually reduce the goal to a wish, and wishes only come true by chance.
4) Analyze the results
You then need to analyze, and work out in detail, how you are going to accomplish each individual goal. This means writing a detailed plan of what tangible actions are required to achieve each individual goal. These actions then become smaller shorter term goals leading to major longer term goals.
5) What steps do I need to take today?
Every day ask yourself “What steps do I need to take today?”. By now it should be all planned in advance so check your plan and make sure you take each step every day. If you discover additional steps are needed add them to the plan.
6) Review your achievements every week and month
Every week review your progress for the week. Check what you have done and what you may have missed. Adjust your plan for the next week or month. Remember, you should always take note your plans; what you will do today, tomorrow, this week, next week before the end of the month, in the next 3 months, 6 month? Do not forget to always write down your results.
7) What if things go wrong?
If goals were easy to achieve everyone would be successful millionaires. Don’t you think so? Goals are difficult because they move you outside your comfort zone to do things differently. To be successful you have to face your own fear of failure and take risks. There will be setbacks, expect them, they are part of the process.
If you are not prepared to take action towards your goals then you are wasting your time. True success comes from the daily actions we all take. Using goals ensures that all the actions you take are moving you in the direction you wish to go. Daily or weekly reviews keep you on track and applying these simple tips will ensure you achieve your goals. : I agree, “Everyone hits a wall at some point in life but being persistent and systematic is the sole key to reach the end of your goal and win it!
Written by: Juliana Jonathan