Goal setting is the first thing to do to achieve success in your life. Because if you don’t know what you really want in your life, then how would you succeed?
A lot of people work hard in this competitive world but not everybody succeeds. And that’s just because of not having proper goals. Some people target too many goals, some set wrong types of goals and some don’t even take them seriously. And, that’s where the problem arises.
So, we all need to know what goal setting is, why it is important, and how to set goals?
What is Goal Setting?
In simple words, Goal Setting is the act of setting a target you want to accomplish in a specific time of period. It gives you a clear vision of your short term goals and long term goals.
You plan for the type of future you want and work for it every day to accomplish it.
Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
A goal can be of any kind – personal goal, business goal, health goal, or anything you want to achieve in your future.
Setting a goal is easy, but if you are really serious about it, you have to keep some things in mind like:
- Why do you want to do this?
- Where it will be going to take you?
- What does your goal want from you?
- Can you do sacrifice required to achieve them?
- Will you be able to handle the temporary pain that your way to success will give?
Stephen Covey said, “Begin with the end in mind.”
So, be clear about your goal and the thing it will require from you. This will help you to achieve your goals in a bit easier way.
Why Goal Setting is important?
Goal Setting is a crucial part of our success. It gives you a clear and specific target you need to hit to succeed.
Tony Robbins said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
And, to hit the target you need to know what is more important for you and what is not. This simply means you can set your priorities in your life.
If you don’t set your goals but, you work very hard for all your tasks, then chances are there that you are wasting time on unimportant tasks.
Instead, if you know what specific task you need to complete to achieve your goal, then you will be saving your time and effort that you are wasting on some unimportant tasks.
Goals also increase your focus and concentration and help you to stop procrastination.
Because goals give you the desired direction to proceed and you become more focused on your goals. So, there are fewer chances to get distracted and procrastinate.
You can also keep a check on your progress with the help of achieving your short term goals. And, checking your progress regularly helps you to stay motivated in your day to day life.
By setting a goal in the right way, we can take control of our future and how we want to grow. Goal setting pushes you to become a better person and work upon your pros and cons for a better life.
How to set Goals that actually works for you?
Everyone talks about goal setting and have some goals in their life. But, some of them achieve what they want and some really struggles a lot to accomplish their goals. The only difference between them is the skill of setting goals.
The problem arises when they set too many goals, work on different goals, work on wrong tasks, or maybe their goal don’t inspire them. There are many more reasons.
Here are some golden rules to set goals effectively:
- Set Goal that inspires you
Setting a goal that inspires you is the key to success in life.
But, if you set a goal just because your family wants you to do this or because of society norms, then you will end up giving up on it. This is not a goal. You are just making people happy for a short period of time.
Instead, if you have a goal that inspires you, the most daunting tasks will also seem easier to you.
Andrew Carnegie said, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
You must be satisfied with your goal internally, and then only you will be able to achieve it in a dedicated frame of time.
Your goal must be something that makes you do everything it takes to succeed. Your passion must be reflected through it. Goals that inspire you and motivate you automatically increase the chances of your success.
- Write it down
According to a study, if you write your goals, your chance of achieving your goals is increased by 42%.
When you put your ideas on paper, your mind takes them as action. And, your mind starts working on them.
The more you remind yourself of your goals, the more your mind will find an opportunity to accomplish the task.
Keep this paper near you, and whenever you feel distracted or don’t want to work, just read it a number of times. Your brain will automatically start working. It helps you in regaining your focus.
Take some time and write everything you want to accomplish in your future.
- Eliminate your Goals
Sometimes our own goals compete in between. So, there is a need to complete your short term goals or important goals and eliminate them.
“Dream don’t work unless you do.”
There are a lot of short term tasks you need to complete to accomplish your goals. It’s up to you how you complete them. There can be different approaches to complete them like:
- Easy tasks first.
- Most important task first and then less important task.
- Similar tasks together and then other tasks.
There can be many other ways to accomplish these tasks but you have to figure out which suits you the best.
Eliminating your tasks will shorten your list of tasks and you will feel more motivated.
- One Goal at a time
Always focus on one goal at a time, it will enhance the quality of your work and will also increase your productivity.
A study by the American Psychological Association indicates that multitasking undermines our efficiency by up to 40%.
Your brain works with its full potential when you focus on a single task and your productivity also increases. And, hence the overall outcome also increases.
- Be Specific
Be specific about your goal. Without specification and deadline, it is very hard to accomplish your goals.
If you want to be rich, don’t just think that ” I want to be rich ” instead pick a exact amount of dollars you want. Be clear about it. Say if you want to start a blog, then say “I will start a blog which will generate a revenue of 8k dollars per month in a period of 8 months.”
Lori Greiner said, “You can always find a solution if you try hard enough.”
Be specific and set a deadline, it will be very much effective in achieving success in life.
- Know your Potential
It is very much important to know your potential. If you choose a task that is very easy to achieve. Then you will end up achieving less than you deserve or will leave you with a feel of defeated.
Set a goal that is challenging and not impossible. With the help of feedback from others and previous experience, set a goal which is a real challenge.
- Use the energy of achievement of your first task
When you accomplish your first goal, you will be more energetic and is fully motivated. But, don’t stop here, use that energy of accomplishment in achieving another goal. This energy will work as a boost to your next level goal.
Rachel Carson said, “I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.”
So, why stop when you can achieve more heights. Keep going and achieve more.
- Convince your Subconscious Mind
You want to achieve something, first, you have to convince your subconscious mind that you can do it. And, for that, you need to regularly speak about your goals and remind yourself about your goals.
Tony Robbins always says; convert all your “Shoulds into musts.” So, instead of saying “I should do it” say “I must to it” or “I will do it”
- Action Plan
Everything is a waste if you don’t have a plan to execute. You need to come up with a plan that will help you in accomplishing your tasks. Make an action plan, stick to it, and conquer your dreams.
So, now we know how important is goal setting in our life. You need to have a goal to succeed in your life. Without a goal, we will end up having nothing in our hands.
So, do set a goal for a better future, set a deadline, make an action plan, and conquer your dreams.