Goal Setting – Achieve a compelling future
Goals are the oxygen to our dreams. When it comes to your success, your strengths, talents and personality can definitely help set you apart. We all strive for success, but sometimes we struggle to complete our goals. The exceptional few rise above the rest because they take their dreams and use smart techniques to achieve their goals. A recent study also found that 85% of successful people have 1 big goal that they work on it all the time. So if you want to be successful, pick one big goal and work on it all the time and if you do that, it will change your life forever. The more precise the goal is, the better your brain can analyse the steps in order to achieve it.
Goal setting is a process that helps get you motivated and allows you to focus more. Setting a goal is something you need to practice in order to get it right. It takes time to understand exactly how to set a clear goal using the SMART technique.
Why set smart goals?
Setting smart and progressive goals gives you a compass, allowing more clarity, focus and continual motivation. And they are particularly useful when you feel alittle overwhelmed by the sheer challenge you are taking on.
- Goals define what you truly want.
- Turning something you want in life, into an actual goal, is a great way to make it happen.
- Goals push you forward.
- Goals transform river crossings into walkable streams. Progressive goal setting can help break those goals into much smaller, achievable stepping stones.
- Goals help us to believe in the mission and vision. Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition.
- Goals put you in the driving seat. Only you are accountable and responsible for achieving those goals you set (and this is the reason people don’t make them).
- Whether your goals are big or small, the first step in achieving them is deciding what they are! Learn how to define your goals and to put together a plan for how you’ll achieve them.
You’ll benefit better if your goals are meaningful to you; they shouldn’t be things that you think you ‘should’ be doing.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King
Steps To Effective Goal Setting
So how do you develop your own process goals? You could start by picturing your dream/end goal as a ladder. Each step of the ladder represents one day, one challenge, one possible output, all of which will lead you to your desired outcome. Say your goal is to climb Mount Rinjani. Your process goals may involve a lot of training and exercise. As a climber, you may want to tweak your workout, find an expert to teach you new techniques, form new habits and improve your diet to ensure peak performance. Setting relatable progressive goals will help you achieve your potential.
Here are some of the top steps to effective goal setting you should know.
Identify Your Goals
To set a goal, you need to know what it is you want in the first place. Failing to identify what you’re hoping to achieve, can be a huge stumbling block. Setting down the different steps and stages to achieving your end goal requires a lot of planning and preparation. Whether it’s starting a new goal, new habits, new processes, it’s going to take a while. It’s about defying the odds and commiting yourself as a major player. Your goal should be something that you want to achieve.
A clear and compelling goal engages people. A goal that is meaningful to you should get you excitied and where emotions run high.
Ask yourself when setting goals;
- Does it get you going?
- Does it get you fired up, stimulating, exciting, and adventurous?
- Are you willing to throw your creative talents and almighty human energy into it?
- Do you believe you can achieve it?
- Can you vision the end goal?
If you believe in your goal, then you will find a way to achieve that goal.
Write Down The Goals
One of the most important steps to effective goal setting is writing them down. Instantly, they are transformed from a wish into something now more real. It’s an important step because it helps you visualize your goals. And when you write your goal down you are making your first commitment.
You should also set a deadline for accomplishing your goals, otherwise you will delay taking action. Try following the SMART principles. Your goal should be Specific (clear and precise), Measurable (able to be quantified), Attainable (realistic and possible to achieve), Relevant (applicable to the task or project) and Time-based (within a specified time period).
Do A Needs Analysis On Your List Of Goals
Once you have identified your goals, the next step is to take your current skill set and knowledge, and see how you can use these skills to help you along the way. Ask yourself do you need help from someone to achieve your goal. What are the tools and resources you need? Are you lacking any specific skills. It’s one of the most important steps in the process.
Write Down The Benefits And Obstacles
A great way of getting motivated with the goal is to write down the benefits you get when you achieve your goal. You should also list down the expected obstacles. Once you have an idea of the type of obstacles ahead of you, it’s easy to plan ahead, manage expectations and deal with obstacles where possible.
Make A List Of Your Objectives
Take the list of your goals and break everything down into smaller progressive goals. It’s a great way to track your progress effortlessly. Even better, they are less overwhelming compared to the final goal. Finally, objectives allow you to feel the progress and it becomes a motivating tool to help accomplish the the end goal.
Keep in mind that objectives are practical steps that will help you achieve your final goal. Remember, your goals have deadlines so once you break them down into objectives, each one will have a separate deadline. Once you have achieved all the separate deadlines, you will have achieved your goal.
For example there are six stages/objectives to Everest and at every stage is a progressive goal.
- Base Camp 5340m
- Camp 1 – 5900m
- Camp 2 – 6400m
- Camp 3 – 7300
- Camp 4 – 7900
- Summit – 8850m
Create A Plan Of Action
Now you need to create a plan of action to help you achieve each objective and accomplish your goals. Here, you will be forced to set up a time frame for each objective and then break each stage into simple tasks. Make sure you prioritize everything for the best results. Here, you will determine the exact steps needed to help you achieve your objectives and the goals effortlessly. Goals for Mount Everest Climb (example)
Share Your Goals with your friends/family
Share your goals with anyone close to you, especially friends and family members. When you share your goals with the people closest to you, it ingites an accountable calendar for you. You’ve shated your goal, now its action time. Of course, be mindful of who you share your goals with. Some people will shut the idea down. This is normal behaviour. Most of the time your friends and family just want to protect you and don’t want you to get hurt. If you’re passoinate about the goal, you’ll keep going.
Act And Assess Your Goals And Objectives Continuously
Every day you should do something that will help you achieve your goals effortlessly. Note that, goals are constantly evolving so you need to revise them constantly. You should assess your progress on a regular basis. Make sure there is a systematic way of reviewing, modifying and updating your objectives or goals.
On the other hand, you need to do daily actions to help you achieve your goals. They need action so you need to work on them consistently to achieve them without any hassles.
If you want to motivate yourself, you need to recognize your progress and success at each step and celebrate accordingly. Rather than wait to celebrate the end goal, be proud of what you have done so far and reward yourself accordingly.
Evaluate Your Goals Periodically
Every once in a while you need to review your goals and check the progress. If there have been any failures, you need to use these to plan for the future. Note that, you need to figure out how to set priorities and reach the goals accordingly.
Through constant evaluation you can adjust your objectives accordingly. That way, you have piece of mind that you are heading in the right direction. You can make changes depending on your circumstances or prior experiences.
Dr Melanie Windridge climbed Everest in 2018. Here she looked at the statistics of previous climbs on the mountain to see what she can learn to help inform her own preparation and training. What can the statistics tell us about how to improve our own safety on the highest mountain in the world?
Find out more about Melanie’s climb and the outreach project at http://melaniewindridge.co.uk/a-journ…
Setting career and personal development goals
You are accountable for your own success. As such, it is your responsibility to manage your special talents, traits and capabilities that can open many gates to a flourishing career. You want to do more, become more, and have more, but you´re not really sure how to go about it or where to start. You wonder what your next step is. What can you be doing to elevate your personal and career development?
Many people don’t have a career investment plan because traditionally, we relied on the company we work in to provide them. In today’s ever changing world however, you can no longer afford to wait for your employers to invest in your professional growth and development. And with most parents working, it’s hard to have that full time mentor you need. We are now in the era of do-it-yourself career development. Ownership of your career is no longer in the hands of companies, but rather in the hands of individual employees. It’s now a case of knowing yourself and your career ambitions sufficiently enough to identify the wisest career investment path to take.
Planning out your career takes time and requires strategic thought and planning. It’s a bit like buying stock, you need to know the risks, the commitment, and the length of time it takes before you can expect to see a return on investment.
Mapping out your career plan is a bit like climbing Mount Everest. You need to know specific routes, obstacles that may hurt you along the way, hidden crevices, and the experience levels required to help get you to the top. And to manage any pitfalls along the way you need to have a focused plan. The best way to have a plan is to write it down.
Using Mind Maps provides a more effective approach to maximising your potential. Whether you want to solve a problem, explore new ways of working, increase your productivity, develop your presentations or enhance your range of opportunities try using mind maps.
Mind mapping, may seem superficial, but once mastered it becomes a powerful tool for managing information overload. Mind mapping is simply a diagram used to visually represent or outline information. It is a powerful graphic technique you can use to translate what’s on your mind into a visual picture. They look like sprawling network diagrams that radiate out from a central bubble or point which normally is the headline of the general topic, Since mind mapping works like the brain, it allows you to organize and understand information faster and better.
Goals describe how your organization will look one or more years from today. When written with input from managers and employees who will be involved in accomplishing them, your business goals have a greater chance of being reached.
QUOTES ON SETTING GOALS
“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.”
– Pat Summitt
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
– Albert Einstein
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
– Michael Korda
“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”
– Source unknown
“It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them.”
– Yuichiro Miura
“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”
– Ted Turner
“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”