If you enjoy reading about success stories and accomplishment, you’ll find a standard theme among successful people, that is all of them set goals (without exception), and that they all focus their efforts to make them a reality.
Have you ever dreamed of Starting your own company? Running a marathon? Topping your class in college? Cracking an entrance examination? Writing a book?Mastering an art form?
Achieving them is possible, but not without a clear goal and plan.
The well-known artist Pablo Picasso said, “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
In other words, a goal and a plan, along with action are the secrets to success. No matter which area of life you hope to excel in, it’s crucial to define goals for yourself.
The importance of goals in one’s life cannot be overstated. It is always possible to reach great heights in your field or build a life which brings you happiness and contentment. But it cannot be done without goals.
What are Goals?
Contrary to popular belief, goal-setting isn’t just about conceiving what you want to achieve. When applied correctly, goal setting is essentially a tool in itself, that can greatly increase your chances of converting your dreams to reality.
Goals are specific and quantifiable outcomes. They are the building blocks to build your Dream Life. In other word, the process of goal-setting must contribute towards bringing your vision board to reality. So it is important to first make your vision board before setting your goals.
The difference between Goal-Setters and Non-Goal-Setters.
One of the biggest mistakes in a person’s career is the absence of goals. Goals give you something to work towards, something to measure your success against, and something to give you structure. Setting goals is a brilliant catalyst for action.
Let us explore, why is it important to set Goals.
1. Goals give focus:
Goals provide a target to focus on. As a result, you avoid wasting your energy working in the wrong direction. They help you channel all your energy into meeting those targets without distractions or confusion.
2. Goals help overcome procrastination:
Giving yourself a timeline to finish the task you are aiming to complete, makes you accountable. It will help you overcome your temptation to procrastinate.
3. Goals help measure progress:
Break down your end goal into several fixed milestones, to measure your progress along the journey. These milestones act as progress trackers. They help you see your progress and make any changes in your actions, if required. Seeing your own progress gives you confidence.
4. Goals give motivation:
Clarity of destination, removes the confusion and brings forth the required motivation and willingness to succeed. This keeps you inspired to take the required action. If you’ve got a goal and are working towards it, even small, ordinary tasks will be filled with meaning and purpose for you.
5. Goals help you become the best versions of yourself!
Goals directs your energy towards your true and fullest potential. The goal journey may test your limits and challenge you to use your talent. But the overall process of setting and achieving goals will inspire you to put your best foot forward. It will empower you to leave your comfort zone and grow, both professionally as well as personally. People who do so end up being more successful in their professional lives, make better choices and focus their efforts on specific goals.
Keep the following in mind when setting goals:
1. Don’t let your pre-conceived assumptions of what is possible and what isn’t possible define your goals. Instead, define what you want to achieve, and work backwards from there to create a plan to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
2. The goal-setting process should also include a plan of action to achieve your goal, starting from today.
3. Goals must be specific and measurable in nature. They should define exactly what you want to achieve.
4. Goals must have a specific timeframe for completion.
5. Goals should be written down so they’re concrete.
6. Re-visit your goals daily.
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” Brian Tracy.
Start your goal-setting process today to make big progress in your life.
Do you have your own process for setting and achieving your goals? Feel free to share in the comments below.
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