Goal Setting is an art that is seldom mastered, and we tread between the two extremes – setting goals that are either too lofty and unachievable or creating goals that are far too simple and preliminary. The unachievable goals demotivate us as much as the simple goals do, and we lose interest and drive. Not surprisingly, most of us fail as we are unable to reach satisfactory results.
We will soon set foot in December and then subsequently, in January! As the new year approaches, so does the time to set new resolutions. We will get busy going through the task of contemplating our aspirations, wording them carefully and planning our goals. I want to ensure that this little drill is not an exercise in futility. And, that we are fully prepared to work through our goals successfully, generating positive outcomes. This is why I have written down an article that includes some insight and help for you to be able to devise great goals that are challenging, as well as accomplishable. Hope you enjoy reading, and carry back some knowledge of goal setting that is useful in your personal context.
1. Goals That are Motivating
Choose goals that motivate and inspire you. Goals that are important to you and add value to your life will have a greater likelihood of being accomplished. Think about ‘why’ you want to accomplish a goal and imagine the difference it would make if you did. Remember, if the goals are too flimsy and inconsequential, the chances that you will pursue them and continue to invest your time with them are slim, to say the least.
2. Goals That are SMART
Think about S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timebound goals. This is a powerful strategy to apply when deciding on goals. Not only can you decide on the most impactful personal goals, but also measure the success rate as you continue to work on them through the year.
3. Not Too Many
Do not cram in too many goals even if the need may drive you to. Cramming too many goals into your schedule will leave you very little time to work on each of them. This may cause unnecessary stress and fatigue, and even demotivation. Keep the number evenly balanced so that you can devote time and witness the changes.
4. Written Goals and Sharing
One way to undeniably commit yourself to your goals is to write them down. Sharing has the same effect. Wording your goals on paper lets you take cognisance and acknowledge the life changes you are seeking. It brings home your need to see them come true and become a reality. Sharing, on the other hand, has another added benefit. A new perspective broadens your vision, and the support and encouragement of a friend boosts your confidence.
5. The 21 Days Loop for Habitual Change
Any goal that requires the force of habit can be accomplished with 21 days of practice. Research has proven that if you practice any idea for three weeks, it becomes a part of your routine. This is a fascinating find that can have great implications for your goal setting plans.
6. Plan for Contingencies
Action plans that are concise and precise will help you deliver on your promises. But remember to be flexible and keep enough room for change. Plan for contingencies too so that you know what to do when something unexpected occurs. And keep your chin up no matter what!
7. Stick with the Plan
Stick with the plan as far as possible and for as long as possible. Plans too need to be flexible and if something is not quite working out, change things. The plan should be comfortable enough to be workable and interesting enough to keep you engaged. Hit the balance with a perfect plan that brings you greater personal satisfaction.