Have you thought about what you want to be doing in two years’ time? Do you know what you want to achieve by the end of this week?
We all have goals in life! Some of us set goals unconsciously while some plan each detail of the goal to achieve.
Let’s start from the begining.
What the goal is?
A goal is a desired result or possible outcome that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development.
What’s the difference between goals and purpose?
Goal is something which we strive to achieve. Purpose is something that influences goal. Purpose is the reason for achieving the goal. Objective is the specific action which one try to achieve as a short term plan.
You can’t set goals without having purpose – there is always WHY before HOW
Setting SMART goals.
Here are the 5 important aspects which each goal should consist of:
- Time Bound.
Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
Set Measurable Goals
Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as “To reduce expenses” how will you know when you have been successful? In one month’s time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years’ time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.
Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence.
However, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard for can be anticlimactic at best, and can also make you fear setting future goals that carry a risk of non-achievement. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to “raise the bar” and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.
Set Relevant Goals
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals, and you’ll fritter your time – and your life – away.
Set Time-Bound Goals
You goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.
I will acquire three new clients for my consulting business within two months by asking for referrals, launching a social media marketing campaign and networking with local businesses. This will allow me to grow my business and increase my revenue.
Broad Goal: I want to write a business book.
- Specific: I will write a book on social media that is a minimum of 150 pages.
- Measurable: I will write one chapter per month, or 3-5 pages per week.
- Attainable: I will work on the manuscript first, and once that is completed, I will begin to search for a publisher or explore self-publishing.
- Relevant: Writing a book on social media will help me establish myself as an expert.
- Time-Based: My manuscript will be completed and ready to be published in 10 months.
Action: Write down your goals and check if they are SMART!