Goal Setting: Smashing your goals this New year

January 2, 2017
Goal Setting, Process, Importance, Achieving Everyday, New Year, SMART goals

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”.

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.

Goal Setting, Process, Importance, Achieving Everyday, New Year, SMART goals

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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.

Goal Setting

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  • 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.

Goal Setting

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  • 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.

Goal Setting

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  • 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.

Goal Setting

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  • 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.

Goal Setting

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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. 

You can read more about the importance of goal setting

Feel free to subscribe, share with friends and comment below. Thank you always.

Love, Sekinat Sanni.

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  • Reply Hameedah January 2, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Go go go go, go girrrrl. I agree with everything on this post, I do some of them but sometimes I’m just tired of adulting and I leave everything. I love the way you write so I’m here to be a part of your journey. Hopefully I’ll join you soon. God bless you dear.

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 10:54 am

      MashaAllah. Jazakumllahu Khayran sister. Yessss, we are expecting you (you have to join us soon, very soon). May Allah reward you abundantly.
      Oh (hugs till bone breaks )

  • Reply Sanni Lateefah January 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Really sister you are the best. This write up gives me joy and just like a package, i was eager to read this. Alhamdullillah that this was not a disappointment. Keep the ball rolling sis. A great anticipation for your next post.

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Sisterlina. Thanks for being ever supportive and definitely the next post will be up soon…
      P:S Share with friends, let us get at least 15 comments (I might just put up the second part of this post Tomorrow)

  • Reply S_wryters January 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I realize Positivity in ones life is the key to achieving any goal, no matter how big or small you have outlined for your self. The spirit of reasoning, talking and working positively would be the only vehicle to ferry you to the dream land of accomplishment.
    Be sure there would be downs “a lot” but the spirit still leaves on when you are a DIE HARD.

  • Reply S_wryters January 2, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I realize Positivity in ones life is the key to achieving any goal, no matter how big or small you have outlined for your self. The spirit of reasoning, talking and working positively would be the only vehicle to ferry you to the dream land of accomplishment.
    Be sure there would be downs “a lot” but the spirit still leaves on when you are a DIE HARD.

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I really like this contribution. Thank you

  • Reply Mardiyyat January 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Mashallah so encouraging 🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Yaayyyy… Awesome
      Thanks for the support, I look forward to seeing more of your contribution. Also, kindly share with friends ☺️

  • Reply Abibat Sanni January 2, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Alhamdulillah… Thanks so much really loved it

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Sister… Alhamdullilahi

  • Reply Sanni Lateef January 2, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Ride on my Champion.

    Yes, poaitive faith, minds, endurance and patience will lead you to attain your goals.

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Sir (Papa Of The Sanni Queens)

  • Reply Kadiri Halimah January 2, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Awwww. So so on point 100%. Barakallahu fihi for this piece sis..

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 11:05 am

      My darling sister. It feels great knowing you learnt from the post. Look forward to the second of the topic …
      Kindly Share with friends and let us get the comments to (15) 😬🙏🏾

  • Reply Akinsanya Toyin Ajisegiri January 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Nice and motivating write up! I don’t expect less from you knowing your kind of person. Many lessons learnt from this write up and I still expect more from you dear sister.
    Meanwhile, I will like you to expantiate more on ‘Be on the Hook’ or probably guide people on how to know positive minded people in today’s world. Evil communication corrupts good manners, many people nowadays are being misled by so called trusted role models, elders or friends, stylishly.

    May God show us the right path. More post from you Sis

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Wow… I love the contribution dear sister. May Allah Increase your knowledge. Jazakillahu Khayran.

  • Reply Azeezah January 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    This is beautiful. Waiting for moreeeeeer!

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Smile… Thank you… More is coming (Kindly subscribe and share with friends)

  • Reply SORETIRE TOHEEB January 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Inspired! With the Quran verse starting the post you murdered it, Allah First. All the best.

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Yes Yes Yes… With Allah everything is possible. Alhamdullilahi. Thanks Krouch

  • Reply Oladayo January 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm


    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks dear. 🤗🤗🤗

  • Reply Sewanu January 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I love this 👏🏼👏🏼 keep it up girl ❤️

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      My only Sese Kush… Thanks babe 🤗🤗🤗

  • Reply Sodimu Abdulkareem January 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    It’s quite evident that quite a whole lot of go getters you see dueling in the aqua of absolute comfortability today kickstarted their sojourn just like this…. Keep up the good work and always work it out with people of like minds. I am a proud supporter of this kinda article cos my inclination is a replica of this. Ride on girl…

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      I truly agree with you. And I am really grateful to have your support along this journey… Cheers

  • Reply Busari Ma'ruphah January 2, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Wow!!! That’s enlightening and educative. Sighting the Quran verse that preceded it, I was moved to know what it’s all about and guess what? U killed it bae…
    Barakallahu fihi sister…. Fingers crossed to see more… #kisses

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Awwww… Jazakillahu Khayran sister. Thank you very much for the ever kind words ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Reply Idayat sanni January 2, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    This is so motivating☺️☺️ Please keep the post coming

    • Reply Sekinat January 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Definitely… InShaAllah more is coming 😬🤗

  • Reply zee January 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    This is so Inspiring , thank you so much for this platform , I`m your biggest fan .

    • Reply Sekinat January 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you very much dear , I truly appreciate this

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