Goals are important- without them, we’re just standing still. You need goals to motivate you to get better and reach higher.
Everyone has a different method for setting their goals. Things like their current situation, physical/mental/emotional capacity, resources, and other things have an impact on goal setting. However, there are some things you can do to ensure that your goals are attainable. Unfortunately, too many people unknowingly set the bar too high and end up disappointed.
Below are a few tips to help you set and achieve your goals.
4 Tips For Setting and Achieving Your Goals
#1 The goal must be specific
The first thing to keep in mind when setting a goal is that you must be specific so that you know where you are and the steps you need to take to achieve it. When setting goals, most people are vague- they want to:
- Improve their relationships
- Get rich
- Get promoted/get a new job
While these are great goals, they lack specificity, and you may become confused about what exactly you mean. A general description doesn’t have boundaries, which leaves room for compromise and mistakes. If you want to be proud of your results, you must be specific.
For example: instead of saying that you want to get rich, your goal should be something like this: “I want to have $1 million by January 1.” Or if you want a promotion, your goal should read: “I want to become key supervisor of the sales team by next month.” Any time you set a goal, you should include names, amounts, position, date, and any other specifics that you need to train your mind to take steps toward that goal.
#2 The goal must be measurable
When you set a goal, it needs to be measurable so that you can keep track of how well you’re doing. For your job, include things like how much you’re earning, the staff that you’re dealing with, and the number of hours you’re working. If your goal is related to money, you should include the amount you want, the number of companies/businesses you wish to own, and more.
You should always include details that can be measured so that you know how close or how far you are from your goal. If you want to earn $100,000 per month and you’re already earning $50,000 per month, you’re halfway there.
#3 The goal must be attainable and realistic
While goals are meant to make you reach higher, you should also be realistic when setting them. Only set goals that you will be able to accomplish. Make sure to set objectives that can be reached within a set amount of time with the resources and capabilities you have.
Some impossible goals would be:
- Getting a higher promotion than your boss
- Doubling your salary overnight
Keep in mind that you can achieve some goals faster than others because you have the strengths and paths to back them up. You should always have a plan in place for your big goals.
#4 The goal must be time-bound
When you set a goal, don’t leave it open-ended. Instead, put a deadline on it or you’ll never attain it. When you’re setting timelines and schedules, always be specific. For example, if you want to work on your relationship with your spouse by spending more time with them, your goal should be “I will spend an hour with my spouse every day starting on this specific date.”
By putting a date and time on your goals, you’ll spur yourself to work on them instead of procrastinating. Some goals take a long time to accomplish, so it’s best to break it down into smaller tasks with deadlines. This will help you finish each task in sequence until you reach the ultimate one.
You Will Face Problems
You may not realize it, but everyone who is successful has faced roadblocks and speedbumps in their journeys. These issues may have demotivated them to the point that they wanted to quit. Trouble is inevitable and should be expected as you begin your journey to achieve your goals. Here are some of the most common:
One of the biggest challenges that cause people to give up on their goals/dreams is money. Many times, something may come up that requires capital or other financial support, and most people don’t have the funds nor the source to get the funds to cover their projects.
You must learn to wait for the right opportunity to open up and avoid exhausting your resources unwisely. Think about other things that will help you in the long run. If you plan to go into business, you must prepare yourself to secure the startup capital and operational expenses to support your small business until it’s ready to stand on its own. Be sure to make a plan and review everything before making an investment.
While you may be ready to face various challenges, others may not be as capable or cooperative. Everyone has unique aspirations and needs. Therefore, as a leader, you must focus on those needs and aspirations to get others interested.
Individuals that are unwilling to work with you or who are selfish may have traits that cause the company to go under. Some negative characteristics that can hinder your progress and keep you from achieving your goals include laziness, rebellious actions, and dishonesty.
Take the time to develop your leadership skills so that you are able to encourage/motivate your people to help you reach your goals. Delegate tasks that suit their capabilities and strengths. Spend time getting to know others so that you can expand your network and open up more opportunities.
Network with others who have been successful and learn about their experiences, mistakes, and techniques. Most of the time, they are happy to share their wisdom.
Some of the most common nature problems include inclement weather, economic crisis, scandals, changes in the system/government, disease, death, fraud, accidents, and theft. These are inevitable, so make sure that you have a second or third backup. Your plans and objectives should be flexible, but still have deadlines.
These natural forces are part of life, so even those who do not have goals must deal with them. However, no matter what, it’s important that you stay motivated to reach your goals and find alternatives to help you deal with setbacks. Learn from your experiences and be prepared for it to happen again.
Goals are an important part of life. If you don’t have goals, you simply exist. You never move, never change and you don’t reach for higher things. However, everyone sets and achieves their goals in their own way. These four tips can help you set and achieve any goal that you set out to.
It’s important to keep in mind that rarely does anyone achieve their goals easily. The journey to your goal will be difficult. You will face many challenges- but you can get past them, and you’ll reach your goal on the other side.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Krista Mounsey