“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them” ~ Tony Robins.
In this article, I am talking about how to set your goals into manageable ones.
Let’s get some things out of the way. Before you start to set your goals you need to have a written down life’s purpose. What do you want to be in your life?
Goal setting is an open secret known by top-caliber individuals including successful businessmen and women and all types of achievers in all the different disciplines of life.
Goal setting gives you both short and long-term motivation and keeps you focused. Your goals help you to focus on the acquisition of required knowledge and to plan and organise your resources and your time so that you can get the best out of your life.
Setting clearly defined short-term and long-term goals will enable you to measure your progress and achieve personal satisfaction.
Charting your progress will also enable you to actually see the stages of completion leading to the actual realisation of your life’s purpose. This eliminates the feeling of a long and pointless grind towards achieving your goals.
Your self-confidence and level of competence will also improve as you will be more aware of your capabilities as you complete or achieve your short-term goals.
Setting goals will involve deciding what you really want to do with your intended life’s purpose and what short and long-term goals you need to achieve.
Then you will have to break down your goals into the smaller and manageable targets that must be completed in your way to achieving your life’s purpose.
Once you have your list, waste no time tackling your goals. Just get started.
A good way to have a manageable list is to have a daily and weekly set of tasks. By doing this you will be always in the position of going towards your intended life’s purpose.
Every day will give you the opportunity to fulfill a certain goal that in turn gives you the feeling of accomplishment.
Here are some pointers that should be taken into consideration in setting goals and how to achieve them.
Attitude plays a very big role in setting and achieving your goals. Ask yourself if any part of you is holding you back from completing your simplest goals.
If there is any part of your behavior that is being a hindrance or puts your plans into disarray? e.g alcohol consumption. If you do have problems in these areas then the immediate thing to do is to address this problem.
If it means seeking professional advice, do it. The best way to resolve a problem is to first recognise it yourself and be willing to be helped.
Careers are made by good time management practices. Failing in a career is often attributed to bad time management.
Careers require a lot from an individual which often makes the career the life of the individual. Plan how far you want to go into your career.
Education is key to achieving your goals. If your goals require you to have a certain kind of degree or require a certain specialization or demand a certain skill to be developed, make plans to acquire the appropriate education.
You will not regret it. After, all education is about the only thing that you will go with to your grave. It is personal.
Your family should never be left out of your plans. If you are just starting out then you have to decide if you want to be a parent or when you want to be a parent.
You also have to know if you would really be a good parent and how well you would relate to the extended family members.
Personal financial situations also play a major role in achieving your goals.
Have a realistic goal on how much you really want to earn. You also must be able to create plans or stages by which you will be able to reach your earnings potential.
Physically gifted individuals may be able to achieve sports-related goals like being in the National Basketball Association or National Soccer Teams.
Determining your physical capabilities should be one of your priorities. Physical limitations could however be conquered with proper planning.
As the saying goes – “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is, by all means, true down to the last letter. Giving yourself a little pleasure should be included in your plans.
To start achieving your lifetime goals, set a quarter of a century plan; then break it down to 5-year plans then break it down further to 1-year plans; then 6-month plans then monthly plans, then weekly, then daily.
Then create a things to-do list for the day. Always review your plans and prepare for contingencies and always remember to “standout tall and be counted” in whatever you do.