How do you set your goals? Do you lead a “satisfying life”? Do you set your goals in life to achieve or achieve the goals you set? Many times in our lives we are preached about the importance of having goals. In fact, we do set several goals now and then – some long-term; some short-term, to make our lives meaningful and sorted. Setting goals is an easy exercise and itself could make some people feel happy. Fact is, how many find attaining those goals as easy as they were set?
We have a record of unattained goals in our lives. Each unattained goal has its own explanation for the world. There are numerous reasons to quote including not being disciplined, the goals being too big, unidentified resources, short timelines, etc. rather than weeping over your inefficiency of attaining a goal, we recommend working on your plans to make your goals come true.
So, how do you usually plan to achieve your goals? Do not you have any? Brief plans? Or overly detailed? Not having a good plan is something you should be concerned about. But, fret not!! Here we offer you an easy approach to achieve your goals successfully and cherish the victory in full glory:
Break your long term goals into many short term goals:
Set your goals reasonably. This will help you have the measure of your success along with a sense of satisfaction of reaching a step closer to your final destination. Set milestones and review every successful steps.
Maintain records of your success:
Not necessarily quantitative but you can maintain a qualitative chart as well. Measuring the growth and comparing it with time, efforts and other factors may keep your motivated or help you analyze the loopholes in your plan.
Run a SWOT analysis:
Ideally used for companies, SWOT analysis is also an effective tool for assessing an individual. You get a chance to know about your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats through this method. Analyzing your weaknesses is the most critical part as it helps you overcome many personality related shortcomings and make foolproof plans accordingly.
Analyse the resources:
In order to achieve your goals, you require some resources. It is always recommended to make a list of resources you require, check out their availability (are they scarce or easily available, do you already possess them and what are the best match substitutes for the resources required.
Inspiration is like jet fuel for your system. It not only keeps your thoughts warm but also pacifies your speed of attaining the results. To stay motivated you may read inspiring books, watch documentaries or subscribe to a motivating blog or YouTube channel.
Talking with someone whom you know is good in setting and achieving goals. This person might be someone who had achieved a similar goal that you are planning for now. He/she will be able to share some ideas or guide you with your plan by pointing out the loopholes and offering solutions to deal with the shortcomings.
Get Professional help:
We acknowledge the fact that what could work for others may not necessarily work for you because of individual’s strengths and weaknesses. If the advice you’ve gotten is not able to get you into the right direction, you may immediately seek professional help. The professionals will help you identify your strengths, weaknesses and help you analyse the resources that you need to achieve the goals thus making the best plans to attain the goals with efficacy.
Setting realistic goals and making an effective plan to attain them are the processes that both complement to each other. It is all about logical thinking, skills and techniques. So, if you haven’t been achieving those goals you once planned, get started today and explore the world of opportunities and positivity.