Les Brown once said, “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” Goal-setting has been one of the major cornerstones to my own personal success journey. The ability to set and achieve a goal through systematic focus and accomplishment is the most powerful way to turn your dreams and visions into reality. People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
Throughout my life, I have encountered a lot of people who fail to buy into the idea of goal-setting. They insist that by simply having an idea in their head of where they’d like to end up, that they’ll be able to get there without a problem.
Why Goal-Setting Is Important
Those of us that set goals are able to make an exact plan for how to get from where we are to where we’d like to be. We can visualize our ideal situation and take action on how to make it happen. This makes achieving the things we want easier than we ever thought possible.
After taking the initial time to Mindstorm and plan, all we have to do is stick to that path and we’ll end up with the result we want or something better.
Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t take the time to create and set goals, plans never fully materialize and the path to success is windy, confusing, and difficult to stick to.
One of the great secrets to success, both in business and in life is goal setting. Nobody has truly become successful without having clear-cut goals. If you want to make the most out of 2017 you need to start setting goals.
Albert Einstein once said “success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” goals that are not documented are just mere wishes. Most people starts the New Year with high hopes, great enthusiasm, determination and lots of energy; all these are not enough to make the New Year tick you need to back up your inspiration with actions. Goal setting require strategic planning and thoughtful consideration.
Take time to write out what you wish to accomplish in 2017 and draw out an action plan on how to achieve them. Break down your goals into a different time frame, in the first 3 months, what did you aimed to achieve? In the first 6 months what progress did you aim to have made? Give direction to your life by taking time out to plan the Year thoroughly. Activity is not productivity, if you don’t have a focused target, you will wander aimlessly through the year.
So many people are familiar with the common saying: “What would be would be” that statement was coined out from a song lyric, but unfortunately, that’s not the reality of life. What will be will not be, what will be is always up to you. How do you set goals? Break down your goals into different categories, examples:
Career Goals: Do you need to start a part-time business? Do you aim to get a new job? Do you aim to get a promotion? Whatsoever, the goal is, write them down and draw out a strategy to bring the goals to fruition.
Marital or Relationship Goals: Your relationship goals can be getting involved in a serious relationship, getting married or cutting ties with some people in your life.
Spiritual or Religious Goals: Your spiritual goals can be reading the bible through, taking up a commitment at your church, fasting in some certain days of the year.
Academic/Personal Development Goals: Your Academic goals can be taking an undergraduate course, learning a new language, getting some professional certification, rewriting your matric, or taking some short courses.
Financial Goals: These can include goals on how to create multiple streams of income. How to pay off your debts if you are in any. How to save more and reduce your expenses.
Health/recreational goals: Probably you wish to quit smoking, lose weight, join a gym, get fit or do some early morning juggling. It can also include going on vacation later in the Year.
Setting goals alone does not guarantee success, but it’s always the first step to attain success, you need to back up your goals with actions. After writing down your goals set a deadline. Your subconscious mind uses deadlines as “forcing systems” to drive you, consciously and unconsciously toward achieving your goal on schedule. If for some reason you don’t achieve your goal by the deadline, simply set a new deadline. There are no unreasonable goals, only unreasonable deadlines.
Identify the obstacles you might face in achieving your goals. Moreover, most obstacles are self made. Fully 80% of the reasons that are holding you back from achieving your goals are inside yourself. They are lack of skill, lack of commitment, lack of discipline or lack of knowledge.
Daniel Cole is an International Motivational Speaker, Inspirational writer, Columnist and a Published Authour.