Happy new year everyone, especially Nigerians who have made achieving their goals this New year a priority.
I have been pondering a lot lately on ‘what my goals are exactly’ and ‘what efforts am I putting in achieving those goals’. With the new wave of the season wherein, people are all about setting new resolutions for the year ahead, I felt why not just start with the discussion on what is essential in attaining greater heights “Goal Setting”.
Success can only be achieved and appreciated when the failure has been felt. Eventually, when the goals you have outlined for yourself seems very hard to achieve, remember not to quench your zeal for that goal but instead re-evaluate the plans you have set out and embraced new approach.
With goal setting comes planning. In order not to live a pointless and useless life, we need to emulate the act of outlining our goals. You could make use of a comprehensive composition that would ensure that the objectives you have laid out are trackable and attainable. For any goal we want to set, let’s familiarize us with the ‘SMART’ phrase (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely). This will serve as a constant reminder in guiding our energy over the long term.
Actually, this tool isn’t only essential for personal growth but very efficient for organizations as well. To start with, I would urge everyone to make time to ponder on the highlighted questions below as they would be a very useful guide in trying to gain our ground at the very early stage of goal setting.
To eliminate the uncertainty of what exactly your aim might be, try to cover or answer these;
“What are you trying to achieve”
“The heights you intend to reach to have the feeling of fulfillment within you”
“The limitations and conditions you will encounter?”
“How would you integrate your goal setting and outlined plans together?”
“When will the goals be achieved?”
In order for your progress to be monitored, the goals you have set has to be measurable. There should be solid evidence of how obtainable the objectives are. With the resources, knowledge and time you have at your disposal, make sure you decide if your goals are attainable. Try to “weigh out what it is to lose with what it is to gain”. Going beyond what you could afford is only going to lead to failure. Thus, there should be relevancy in the plan and goal outlined.
Be realistic in the question of “why exactly do you want to attain the goal in view” and “will the goal you have laid out eventually give you that feeling of fulfillment and success”. For progress to be determined and tracked, you obviously have to keep deadlines of all the engagements carried out geared towards the ultimate goal. Through this, you can be able to strategically improve the sections that are lacking. Keep in mind, flexibility is necessary to avoid congestion and procrastination.
Goal Setting Processes
Make a draft
Journalize existing and upcoming ideas or thoughts in order for you to make references. This will ensure that you have a backup in case you get lost during the process of setting your goal. You can always alter your suggestions for a better decision over time.
Highlight the most essential to your pathway
There are some opinions that would be more important in attaining your goal. Do not pay attention to little or useless ideas that wouldn’t be beneficial to the success of your goal overtime.
Do your scale of preference
Ensure you organize your objectives according to their importance. Don’t skip out on some crucial steps just because of your impatience. Take it one step at a time and then progress to the other once development has been made.
Set both short and long-term goals
Make sure that the short term goal will be a link to your long term goals. Of course, as I have said earlier, success is a gradual process (one step at a time), until the small tasks have been fulfilled, the long term tasks would be pretty much on hold.
Be on the ‘Hook’
You should always be on your toes to achieve your set goals. Try to interact with other like-minded individuals that you can share thoughts with that could positively impact your growth. Progress is vividly and clearly accounted for as with goal setting, a fixed endpoint is marked out in knowing how far one have come and needs to go.
So lovelies, please make this year a goal smashing year. A year of achieving all you want to do. A year of achieving your goals despite Nigerian recession.
I would appreciate your contributions and suggestions on goal setting and achieving New year resolutions.
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Love, Sekinat Sanni.