Almost everyone can set Goals but achieving these goals becomes a problem. Most times their inability to achieve these goals lies in the method of setting the goals which is the purpose of this article. We intend using this article to explain some of the golden rules needed when setting achievable and successful goals.
Have you made your decision on what and where you will like to be in 5-10 years from now ? Have you decided what your main objective in life or at your work place ? Or have you decided on what you want to achieve at the end of this week? Here are few golden rules that can help you achieve those goals and objective you have set:
SET GOALS THAT MOTIVATE YOU TO WORK IT OUT
Motivation is the right key to achieving great goals. When setting your goals, you should be sure that this goals interest and motivate you. You should be able to picture the end point and future effect of your goals. If your goals does not interest or have less importance to you, there are higher chances you wont be able to achieve them. So when setting goals, first look at the importance of that goal to you and your future. if its very important, then you can move on to making it a reality.
SET SMART AND ACHIEVABLE GOALS
When setting goals, its important you ensure that your goals are SMART. SMART is an acronym which simply means “SPECIFIC”, “MEASURABLE”, “ATTAINABLE”, “RELEVANT” AND “TIME BOUND”. You have to set goals that are specific and straight forward, can be measured, are very attainable and relevant to you and your future,. lastly they can be achieved within a specific period of time.
WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN
Another effective exercise you should practice towards achieving your goals is by writing them down after setting them. You can put them on a piece of paper and pin them on a wall, close to where you can clearly see them. This will increase your focus on your goals and encourage you to continue working on them
SET MEASURABLE GOALS
Successful goals are measurable and the progress towards achieving the goals can be measured and seen clearly. For example a student setting success in his end semester exam as a goal, after reading and preparing hard for the exam, he can track his success based on how many past questions he can answer and how fast he could answer them. This same scenario and practice can be used outside the school environment and also in businesses too.
SET AN ACTION ROUTINE AND WRITE IT DOWN
Another great step towards achieving your goals is by setting an action routine, writing it down and ensuring you follow them accordingly. Any day you make success in a particular step, you note it down, and ensure you follow up with the next step.
STICK STRICTLY WITH YOUR ACTION PLAN
During the course of following your action plan, you might come across temptations to change the plan. If the changes aren’t important, we strongly advice you stick to the original plan and avoid tampering with the original plan. But in cases where there needs to be an obvious adjustment to your initial plan, kindly them make and ensure you review and stick to them.
IDENTIFY YOUR SUCCESS, TRACK THEM AND REWARD YOURSELF FOR IT
At the end of the day, once you have achieved success in your goals, the best way to motivate yourself to do more is by rewarding yourself. You should also have it in mind that there can be rough ends and failures along the way, but that shouldn’t discourage you but rather encourage you to explore other opportunities and see things from a different angle.