The majority of people think they understand what a goal means but most truly neglect their full power.
The first thing you need to realize is that a goal without a plan is merely just a wish. Goals at first should be fueled by motivation but soon after you need to let discipline control you.
If you have trouble achieving goals you set, try breaking your goals into smaller daily tasks
I recommend using a method called "SMART".
The first known use of the term occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran.
S – Specific ( Simple, Sensible, Significant)
Be specific about what you want to accomplish.
Who – Consider who needs to be involved to achieve the goal (this is especially important when you’re working on a group project).
What – Think about exactly what you are trying to accomplish and don’t be afraid to get very detailed.
When – You’ll get more specific about this question under the “time-bound” section of defining S.M.A.R.T. goals, but you should at least set a time frame.
Where – This question may not always apply, especially if you’re setting personal goals, but if there’s a location or relevant event, identify it here.
Which – Determine any related obstacles or requirements.
This question can be beneficial in deciding if your goal is realistic.
It's important to have measurable goals so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Achievable / Attainable
Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible.
When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.
An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:
How can I accomplish this goal?
How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?
There's nothing wrong with shooting for the stars just make sure you are fully prepared and knowledgeable of everything needed to achieve your goal
This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you and that it also aligns with other relevant goals.
We all need support and assistance in achieving our goals, but it's important to retain control over them.
So, make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you're still responsible for achieving your own goal.
A relevant goal can answer "yes" to these questions:
Does this seem worthwhile?
Is this the right time?
Does this match our other efforts/needs?
Am I the right person to reach this goal?
Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?
Anyone can set goals, but if it lacks realistic timing, chances are you’re not going to succeed. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.
A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:
What can I do six months from now?
What can I do six weeks from now?
What can I do today?
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