“A man without a goal, is like a ship without a rudder.”–Thomas Carlyle
In my last post, I mentioned the importance of your mindset and the way you confront situations in your life. I gave you the example of the elephant, who believed that ‘he couldn’t let go and be free’, after he was convinced that he was not able to do it, he didn’t make any effort to do more.
So today we are focusing on Setting Goals, or I will prefer to say Getting Goals. The difference between these two lies only in you.
We all have ideas and dreams that we would like to fulfill. But only when you have written them down and create a plan, only then, you have finally set your Goal.
“People with goals succeed, because they know where they’re going” – Earl Nightingale
We set goals in which we do our best to accomplish them in a specific time. These goals motivate us to keep moving forward. But, after a goal has been set, how much effort do we really put to Get our Goals? What is needed for this?
I have learned to follow these steps throughout the way. Hope these steps can help you also.
- Set specific dates for each goal
I previously mentioned about making a plan. You might probably think if I know already what I want, why should a write it down? The answer is simple, by writing it down, it helps you to be more focus and keeps you oriented.
Let me give you an example. When you go to the grocery store, do you go with a list or you go without one and try to remember what you need. If you don’t have a list with you, I am sure that you will forget to buy something that you really needed, unfortunately you will only notice or remember when you are leaving the grocery store or worse, when you are already back home, so you will have to drive all back again to go and get it.
This is very common and can happen to any of us.
So might as well we have a plan written from the start so that we can avoid distractions on our way to pursuing our goals. Write down your plan and keep it in a visible place, so that you can see it every day and set a time frame of things that needs to be done, with specific dates and tangible milestones.
- Chunk down into a series of little steps.
Now that you have your plan ready, you can focus on getting your goal. At the simple sight, you probably think it is complicated or very long list of things to be done. Just be realistic with the goal that you have set to achieve. Analyze your plan and see how you can break down into little steps so that you can make it happen.
Don’t discourage yourself by thinking “this is too much”, everything needs to go through a process in order to be completed.
Step by step, you will see that when you are scratching out the things on your list you are moving towards the correct track to finally get your Goal.
You are working on your roadmap, and there is a route to follow so that you can get from point A to point B. Get to work and stick to it.
- Do a constant review of your goals.
Focus and measure everything, this way you will be able to make corrections throughout the way.
Situations might change during your journey, adjust your plan but don’t derail from your track.
Completing these goals will help you grow in many ways. Nevertheless, at the end of the road when you looked back and see how much you have done, you will feel proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished through the way.
It won’t be easy but I guarantee it will be totally worth it.