Setting goals is a term we often hear, but few of us decided to devote time to this very important task. It is not hard to wonder when things go to the “wrong” direction because most already know which one is the “real”. Roam somewhere. Change direction, complain, fight with windmills, but they never actually ask what they want?
It is not enough to determine you and say, ‘I’ll do better. You must know how and what? It is not enough to say: ‘I will lose weight! “Ask yourself the question, when, and how. Likewise, if you want to even think positive. Quality setting goals are very important and may well have a positive impact on our lives.
It is generally known that the set of the goals is the guide through life. Each of us has some goals, from the moment we get up in the morning (short-term) to those who lead us through the whole life (long-term). Because of that, setting goals is the toughest job.
The goal should be specifically defined, clearly defined and fully understandable. When you set the goal you should answer the questions: How? Why? What? This will be precisely what you want to achieve, how do you plan to do that and what your motive is. If this plan requires more people, you should be precisely defined who these people are and what are their tasks (and possibly the location where the objective will be executed).
If you are able to measure the results of your work, then you will be able to realize your goals. When you specify a target, you should also specify the criteria by which you will know whether and how is going the achieving of this goal.
For example, if you set a goal that the sales become good, what does that mean? How will we, at the end of the month, know whether we have achieved this objective, whether the sales were good enough or not? What is the rate? Especially if the goal is related to the team, if the goal is not measurable, then everyone has the freedom of interpretation of what makes good, whether the sales were good or not. In these situations, it is necessary to define the objective of which will answer the question – how much? For example, the goal is to achieve sales of 10 items of some kind after one month).
The goal you set up for yourself should be ambitious but within the limits of your capabilities. It is better to put yourself one step as a barrier than three at a time if you know that the three certainly will not be able to get. For this segment of the planning target is important to be flexible or that, if there is enough space and opportunities, expand it if it’s necessary and feasible (for example, to eventually revise and increase if you feel that you can more). But the objectives still cannot be defined as something that is achievable only by yourselves, without much effort, because then goals are not motivating and do not contribute to the development. The objectives must still be ambitious and require extra effort.
A realistic goal in this situation means you have the will and the ability to get something. Do not be fooled – it does not mean that the goal should be easy to establish, but only that it is possible to achieve. Motivation plays a huge role and it largely defines the height of a given goal. But here we have to be careful because of too high goals we have enough “power” to make them feasible. If you want to set realistic goals ask yourself whether you have ever achieved something similar and whether you are able to do so now. The key thing is that you are capable and able to perform a given goal.
Set a time limit by which you will be able to reach your goal. You must be familiar with their capabilities because if you underprice or overrate yourself achieving the goal falls into the water. So it’s not a good idea to give yourself a lot of time because it will be your goal to lose in a sea of other obligations, but a little time is not also a solution because then you will not succeed in achieving.
So the aim must be clear, measurable, attainable, challenging and time-specific.
Write down whatever comes to your mind. Do not think too much. Leave your wishes and thoughts of freedom and perhaps indulge secret wishes and dreams.
Think about what you wrote. If you’re new in a sport, you probably will not tomorrow win medals, imagination is one thing, the goals are different. They must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound, but also challenged enough. Pay attention to the details (avoid terms such as: “I want to be happy” – better write down what makes you happy, for example, business success or completed the diving course). And not less important, be positive! (Do not write “I will not be nervous,” rather write: “I want to be relaxed”).
If you trace the careful what you write in the first two steps, you will understand where you are now and where you want to be. Identifying what you want may seem like a trivial task, but it is not. Most people today, unfortunately, walking aimlessly through life.
Still, goals are just the beginning followed by concrete steps. Clearly action!
You will agree that setting goals can quickly turn into a dead letter if there is not one main ingredient – a plan of action. If you set a goal to run a half-marathon, it is obvious that you have to continuously train for a minimum of 12 weeks. To learn the language, you should at least download some application for learning and then use it regularly. Day by day, step by step, and your goal to order lunch at the other end of the planet to the fluent native language will not be a dead letter.
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