The new year is just a couple of hours away and we’ve set our eyes on the coming year to be better than the one we had this year… Right? At least, we all think and try to get there. I wasn’t a big fan of yearly goal setting rather I would think that I should make 5-year plans and try to “focus” on them. Has it worked for me? Totally! However, it didn’t work for me quite the way I thought it would. Though I got the big picture right, but what about the mechanism of achieving those goals? That was not quite what it should’ve been. I’ve always envisioned what I want and worked for it.
Over the years, what I have realized is that it is important to “write down” the goals you have envisioned. Not just write it down anywhere but in a place, you would want to revisit them and view them. It is important to write your goals rather than
just keeping note of it mentally – since chances are that you will forget or ignore your inner voice when it speaks to you regarding these goals.
Over the years I wanted to understand the concept of setting goals, because I truly believe it works and helps you reach personal and professional goals milestones.
I’ve worked drawn inspiration from the following goal setting books.
I’ve drawn inspiration from each one of them only to realize that I can align myself with the following goal setting rituals (yes, I would call them rituals).
So, what are the basics of setting these goals and why do you need them. I will start by answering the ‘why’ first.
You need to set clear distinct and succinct goals, sub goals and ways of achieving them to actually understand the process of working upon them. This will help you clear the muddy and murky thoughts in your head regarding what your mission and vision is and enable you to see better future clearly [take my word on that].
Setting your goals to maximize your potential:
- Agree upon 5 big picture goals for the year, for yourself: These 5 goals have to be “broad goals” you want to achieve in the year. This is something you should be craving for deep within yourself. If you want to lead a healthy life, which I know is the first resolution or goal people genuinely pick, then write it down, but write it as – “Reaching my fitness level.
- Write down 3 ways of reaching each goal: Look at the pros and cons that might come in your path while trying to reach the goals. Understand that “if it is important to you, you will make time and effort to work on it, else you will only make an excuse.” So, within your capacity understand the ways you can reach out for the goals. Understand how your goal setting can be influenced by checking this “science based goal setting theory” to ensure you have all aspects included.
- Attach a visual to your goal: This is something truly helps me and tens and thousands of others. A visual of what you seek to achieve is something that triggers your mind into achieving it.
- Set an accountability partner for measuring success: Your accountability partner can be a friend, parent, spouse, partner or anyone you trust dearly, who can check with you where you are and how are you doing? Whether you are close to your goal. I’ve tried being my own accountability partner, however it does work sometime but when you start out into your goal setting journey have someone you can talk it out with.
- Believe in your goals and don’t leave them midway: If you have genuinely thought out hard regarding your 5 goals of the year and the 3 sub-goals within then it should not be left mid-way, give it closure, since you and the goal both deserve it.
You are definitely making efforts to set goals for a better tomorrow so, why not genuinely act upon them. Also, avoid making these mistakes to ensure your goals lead you to where you want to be:
- Don’t be vague with your goals.
- Don’t mind writing a little more to make it clear
- Don’t keep the timeline loose
- Don’t be too hard on yourself, such that you aren’t realistic anymore
- Don’t forget to balance your personal life goals, business goals to maximize your potential
So put it down, whatever it is that you want to do in the year 2016, or want to put out to the world, within your profession or with family, or within yourself. The list is endless but choose wisely.
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