Well how did you get to where you are now?
Did you make any kind of plan or did you just happen upon the life you’re living?
Did you turn up your nose when your career counselor spoke about setting goals?
It’s pretty hard to explain goal setting without first painting a picture of the end goal. I think this is where my teachers failed. Sure they taught me the theory – S.M.A.R.T and B.H.A.G and I read every Steven Covey book. But did they help me to picture what my end goal actually was? No.
Did you set specific goals with deadlines to make sure that you achieved what you wanted to from the beginning in the time you wanted?
The saying goes “Fail to plan and you plan to fail”. If you want to learn more about setting SMART goals and planning for success, this article is for you.
What are some of the tangible benefits of setting goals?
- Increased motivation and confidence
- Increased likelihood of achieving goals
- Get time to do what you love most
- Being more productive
- Create a work-life balance that works for you
We know that our goals need to be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable and Timely – T can also stand for TANGIBLE. A tangible goal is one that you can almost feel with all your senses – you can almost touch it, taste it, hear it, see it and smell it. It is so meaningful to you that it clutches at your heart. You feel driven by it. You may even feel overwhelmed by it. In being so tangible, your goal may seem so out of reach it scares you. And this is why you need to break your goal down into achievable steps to help you make it to your end goal.
So how do we break down an overwhelming goal?
Let’s say you want to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, but you work part time at Burger King and you’re barely paying the rent. Here’s where you need to brainstorm. Start by making a list. Put every idea you can think of on that list. Don’t discredit any idea that comes to you, don’t dismiss ideas because you think they might be ugly. Ideas that come to my mind are:
– get another job
– get a cheaper apartment or take in a boarder/house-mate
– move to a cheaper city, reducing the price of living
– sell your excess possessions on eBay or Craigslist or Gumtree
And then, how to Keep Your Goals On Track
The following might sound rather dull, but it is the most effective goal setting technique that I have ever come across, even if it isn’t necessarily a “goal setting technique” by itself: “Reward yourself whenever you have achieved a specific goal.”
It’s that simple, but so effective.
By rewarding yourself you elicit positive emotions and train your brain into thinking or knowing that “effort=reward,” which means that your willingness to make an expenditure in order to accomplish a goal increases, as you have the possibility of a gratification in mind. A simple, yet effective technique that shouldn’t only be applied to train drug-sniffing dogs, but also in order to increase your motivation to achieve a goal.
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