The year 2020 has been spent in lockdown and been tough on most people. We all have moved to 2021 in hope of everything being fine. We make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of each year. We’re thinking about what we did or didn’t do last year, creating new hopes and dreams for the coming year. In 2021 we move forward and set some goals for the future.
To achieve something we need to set goals and work on it. A lot of people feel like they’re drifting around the world. They’re working hard, but they don’t seem to get worth it anywhere. If you want to succeed in life, you need to set goals. You lack focus and direction without goals. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of the direction of your life; it also provides you with a benchmark to determine whether you are going to succeed.
To achieve any goal, you should know how to set them. You can’t just say, “I want” and you’re expecting this to happen. The act of setting goals and the thought we put into creating them directs our attention to why, how, and what our aspirations are. As such, they give us something to focus on and make a positive impact on our motivation.
Goal setting is a lot more than just saying that you want something to happen. Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why you want it first, your chances of success are considerably reduced. By following the Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting, you can set goals confidently and enjoy the satisfaction that comes with knowing that you have achieved what you have set out to do.
Golden Rules To Set Goals
1. Set Goals That Motivate You
When you set goals for yourself, they must motivate you: that means making sure they’re important to you, and that there’s value in achieving them. Motivation is the key to achieving the objectives. Set goals that are linked to the high priorities of your life. Write down why your goal is valuable and important to you to make sure your goal is motivating.
2. Set SMART Goal
The fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be SMART. There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence remains:
Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or general goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction.
Set Measurable Goals
Goals should have precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success.
Set Attainable Goals
Set goals that are possible to achieve. If you set a goal that has no hope of achieving, you will only get demoralized and diminish your confidence. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need to achieve your goals.
Set Relevant Goals
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want to take in your life and career. By keeping your goals aligned with this, you’re going to develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals, and you’re going to fritter away your time – and your life.
Set Time-Bound Goals
Your goals must have a deadline. You should always celebrate when you know you achieved your goal or some part of the goal. When you’re working on a deadline, your sense of urgency is increasing, and you’re going to get that much faster.
3. Set Goals in Writing
The physical act of writing down a goal makes it both real and tangible. You’ve got no excuse to forget about it.
- Positively frame your goal statement.
- Make yourself a To-Do List template with your goals at the top of it.
- Put your goals in visible places to remind yourself every day of what you intend to do. Stick it on your walls, desk, computer monitor or anywhere which can give you a constant reminder. Make an Action Plan
This step is often missed during the goal-setting process. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all the necessary steps along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then going through each other as you complete it, you will realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is important if your goal is big or long-term.
4. Stick With It!
Remember, setting a goal is a continuous activity, not just a means to an end. Your final destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plan you have set for yourself along the way may change significantly. Make sure that relevance, value, and necessity remain high.