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Setting and Achieving Goals
We’ve all heard how we need to set goals when planning something we would like to achieve. Goals we are told are the key not only to make sure it gets done but to make sure it’s done in the most efficient way possible. I want to spend some time here to make sure you have the tools you need to accomplish your plans for your future.
First, let’s define what a goal is and maybe we can figure out why it seems to be so important in accomplishing pretty much anything in our life.
What is a Goal?
I decided to look up the definition of the word, “goal.” I know, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy doing that since everyone knows what a goal is. But I wanted to see if there was anything I’ve been missing about it. It told me that a goal is the object of one’s ambition or effort. It’s an aim or desired result. It gave some synonyms of things like intention, objective and aim. I didn’t think it gave me anything extra until I thought about it for a while.
I’ve been told that in order for a goal to be a good goal that it has to be SMART which I’ll go over that in the next section. However, one word in the definition added a component that I had never thought of until now. I had thought it had to do with focus but I didn’t think about goal setting being attached to it. The word I’m speaking of, is “intention.”
So what does intention have to do with goal setting? For one thing, goal setting is not just a static process. It’s dynamic. It’s constantly changing and evolving as you move towards you goal, intention, or aim. The word “aim” give you a perfect illustration of it. If I get a gun, and I aim at my target, or my goal. I will have nothing else in my sights, I can see nothing but my goal. It’s the same with our goals, we see that goal until it is achieved.
What makes a Goal Achievable
So now we have to define what a goal is so it can be focused, aimed at or an intention is set to achieve it. We had to look at the goal and set our goals based on ways in which the goal could be designed, or created into something in which we could focus on. Here is the traditional was of defining a goal so we can work to achieve or bring this image into reality.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-Based
So let’s briefly go over what I mean by each of those so we have a clear, or focused objective and we can set good intentions for get there.
A specific goal is one that has a definite description. Just look at the word “definite” which tells us it has a definition, a way to describe it. Your goal or something you intend to get is not a car, it’s a 2018 red standard Mazda 3 with black leather interior. It’s specific.
A measurable goal is one that has a date or time for achieving it. You have to be able to measure it. You want it by January 1st, not just sometime in the future.
An attainable goal is one that is capable of being achieved. Give it a reasonable time for it to be able to be done. You need to stretch yourself but make it attainable with some effort. That way the next time you set a goal you can push it a little further. Eventually you’ll be able to look back and see accomplishments you didn’t know you were capable of achieving.
Realistic ties in with attainable
Lastly is time-based. Here you have to have an ending for the goal to be accomplished. You measure whether you met the goal or if you have to reassess and modify it or change the process you took to get there.
The Goal of having a Goal
The goal of having a goal is to create measurable steps that continually push your boundaries. It constantly stretches who you are and what you believe you can accomplish. Constantly push your self using your goals and keep track of them so you can see what you have done in the past which will help you decide where you should go in the future.
What to do after you/ve achieved a Goal?
What do you do after you’ve accomplished your goal? The next thing is to congratulate yourself for having met your goal and now it’s time to build on it and create a new and better goal that pushes you some more. Ask yourself, “I did this, now what else can I do to push the limit?” You want to use these goals, these intentions, to move from one success to another. By doing this, you are focusing on your accomplishments rather than on any times you may not have met your goals.
We need to constantly stay focused on what we are trying to achieve. This can easily be done using goals to do so. Some say you should look at and write out your goals every day and not to constantly keep focused on them. With this method you are thinking of your goals the first thing when you wake up and the last thing you do before you go to sleep. I would say to do this as well.
The last thing I would say about this is to celebrate all of your goals you accomplish. I mean make sure you recognize what you’ve done and pat yourself on the back. You need to make sure that every part of your being recognizes what you have done.
I will leave you with congratulations also on achieving your goals as well. I look forward to hearing what you think and sharing some things you’ve done using goal setting.