Many people believe that their life had no direction. They feel that they don’t achieve anything in life at all even if they do everything they can. They feel pressured or depressed about the things they can’t have and they feel dreadful already.
One of the most neglected important reason behind this, is because they forgot or do not have specific set of goals in their lives.
Goal setting is a key process to determine your focus, attention and direction. It will answer your deepest “why’s”, thus will help you take only the important steps to achieve it.
There are 4 reasons why a person needs to set goals. First, it gives you both the long-term and short-term motivation. It also helps you to organize your time and resources efficiently and effectively. It helps you to focus and ignore irrelevant distractions. And it raises your self-confidence by recognizing your capacity.
In order to determine your desired future, you must first imagine what it is specifically. To help you “picture” it, you can make a dream board of it.
Achieving personal goals requires 3 simple steps.
- Create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life within a period of time, and identify the large scale goals that you want to achieve.
- Break it down to smaller targets with their own timeline.
- Start working on it by taking action.
The first step in setting lifetime goals is having a set of categories that will answer the question “which is going where?”. This is to organize your thoughts and to determine if you are missing something out.
In order to avoid yourself from panicking and asking everyday, “how will I ever achieve these?”, it is best to cut your lifetime goals into smaller goals. Determine your own timetable of activities from years to months and into a weekly and daily basis. By doing so, you will know exactly what to do, thus, avoid wasting time.
It is important to review and amend your goals and plans in order to stay on the track. Many also believe, including myself, in the power of visual aids. It’s probably wired in our brains that reinforcing a thought with a picture makes the goal more enticing, that dream boards (also called vision boards) becomes very effective.
Dream boards should be located in an area you see everyday. Ideally in your bedroom, on the area of the wall that you see first when you wake up and see last when you sleep.
As you do this, make sure that are goals that you really want to achieve. Not your parents’ goals for you or the peer pressure.
To provide a more powerful and effective goal, you can use the mnemonic SMART. This stands for:
- S – specific
- M – measurable
- A – attainable and action-based
- R – relevant and realistic
- T – time-bound
Some reliable sources revised the widely known SMART into SMARTER with E for evaluative and R for revisable.
Here is a sample worksheet you can use for setting your goals.
Bear in mind that in stating each goal, you must put it as a positive statement and performance-based (not output-based) so that you can be more accountable for your actions.
Do not forget to add monetary value to your goals so you can plan about it better, and to keep operational expenses low.
It is also ideal to develop systems and habits that will help you automate some areas in your activities and to simplify your work.
Do not forget to treat yourself with something nice, without compromising anything in your goals. Rewarding yourself is a good way to keep you motivated.
To your rewarding future,