Goal setting is similar to knowing the amount of concrete required to define your path to success. While goals are the fuel to your mind, goal setting makes you realise your potential. Setting your goals is same as living your life by designing it yourself. When you give your life a purpose, the results can be mind-boggling.
People walking without goals are mere zombies. Goal setting makes you feel alive inside out. It boosts your power of imagination. Imagination allows us to think out of the box and when you think out of the box, your experience greater strength to achieve impossible.
Significance of Goal Setting
To delve deeper into the topic, it’s essential to understand the significance of goal setting.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.Tony Robbins
Here are the five reasons why goal setting is important.
1. Keeps You Motivated.
When you don’t have any goal in line, it’s easier to put off your work until tomorrow that never comes. This way things don’t work out. To achieve the strength of that of a rock, a boxer needs to work out every day, independent of their mood and energy. By setting your goals, you define your destination. Desire to achieve your goals become more important than skipping your work and putting it off until tomorrow. Having a goal keeps you motivated.
2. Helps to Keep Track of Your progress
Tracking your progress towards your goal is only possible when you set one. Measuring your progress boosts your energy and keeps your head held high. The progress is your reward which helps you to recover from your low moods. Sometimes when it will become hard to measure the distance to your destination, tracking your progress helps you to look how better you have become than when you started.
3. Aligns Your Focus
Lack of goals confuses you about your efforts often. Maintaining your focus allows you to zero in on each day’s activity with accuracy, removing the wasted efforts.
4. Helps to Overcome Procrastination
Procrastination is the major problem that each one of us deals from time to time. However, goal setting helps you to beat it because then the limited time to achieve it increases the value of your goals. Putting off your work for tomorrow only increases the number of days to achieve your goals.
5. Helps to Determine What You Want
Goal setting helps you to plan your life seriously. When you set your goals, you recognise the attainable goals. Also, you determine the level of success you want. It helps you to imagine the size of your dream house and car.
When the goals of an individual are more specific, their performance becomes more pronounced than in the absence of the specific goals. Hence, defined goals lead to better performance and eventually to a better quality of success.
Here are the five key principles are given by Locke & Latham which will help you to understand it all more clearly –
Goal setting only works when your goals are not complex and within your capability limit. Complex tasks are risky as they introduce the needs which can disturb our focus from the main goal. Overly complex tasks can create a negative impact on your productivity, morale and motivation. Also, the timescale to achieve your goals affects it all. Don’t overestimate yourself. Analyse yourself, determine your capability, set the level of your goals and right timescale.
Here, commitment is the extent to which you get attached to your goals. The attachment increases the determination towards your goals. Goals performance is strongest when you are more committed to their goals. Commitment makes you come up with new ideas and strategies to make even the difficult goals work out.
When the difficulty of your goals exceeds your capability to achieve them, you are more likely to give up on them.
Goals must be attainable as well as challenging. When you challenge yourself, you allow yourself to step out your comfort zone to figure out other ways to make it all work. Achieving such goals brings a feeling of self-satisfaction. You should make sure that even though the goals are challenging, these should be within your ability to achieve.
Having clarity defines your path precisely. Specific goals have unlimited motivational value. It’s easier to measure clear goals. Ambiguous goals bring a feeling of frustration. Clarity of goals gives helps you to understand yourself in a better way.
Feedback helps to determine how much you have progress. The degree of achievement of your goals can be determined through feedback. Feedback allows us to think of new ideas if our old ideas fail us to achieve a specific goal.
How to Set Your Goals?
1.Determine Your Motivation
Analyse what motivates you. This will help you to determine what’s important to you. When you set goals as per your motivation point, it’s likely to be achievable. Motivation is the key to achieving your goals. To determine whether your goal is associated with your motivation, write down why that goal is essential to you. Why is it worthwhile to work towards that particular goal?
2. Set Smart Goals
Powerful goals need to be designed in a SMART way. SMART means
Clear and specific goals increase your focus. To make sure that your goals are clear, ask yourself
- What do you want to achieve?
- Why is it important to achieve it?
- What resources are required?
Measurable goals are beneficial when to keep track of your progress. While writing measurable goals, ask yourself
- How much time?
- When will I know that it’s accomplished?
Set goals that are attainable. Ask yourself
- How to achieve my goals?
- How realistic is my goal based on my capability and financial factor?
Make sure that your goals matter to you. While writing these down, ask yourself
- Is it worthwhile?
- Does this goal matter to me?
- A target date plays an essential role in goal setting. Ask yourself –
- When will you start?
- How far will you reach in six months from now?
- What can I achieve today?
3. Write Your Goals
Write down your goals on a paper and put it on your television or refrigerator (where you can see it daily) to remind yourself every day of what it means to you. Writing your goals help you in visualising them. The power of visualisation is beyond anything because it feeds your subconscious mind with what you want. Write your goals. Make a to-do list, every day.
4. Draft an Action Plan
After writing your goals, make an action plan. This will help you to act towards your goal at the correct time. While planning it all, start with your destination. As you will execute the action plan and complete tasks, crossing them off will give you the feeling of satisfaction and proud.
5. Stick with Your Plan
Build-in reminders to track your progress. Reviewing one’s goals is necessary as it reminds you of what matters to you. It helps you to see the path more clearly. By the end of the journey, it’s important to maintain the value, relevance and necessity of the goal.
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