Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Effective Goal Setting

Success is often measured by the attainment of goals. Goals are the targets you set. It is something you work very hard for, something for which you give up your money, sleep, comforts, and even health. Which is why is it vitally important that before you start sacrificing for your goals, you make sure that your have set your goals properly.
Read on to know more about how to go about it.

Why set goals?
Goals are our destinations. Whenever you set out on any journey, you must know what your destination is. You must know where you want to reach. The goal or the destination is more important than the path taken itself. If you don't know your destination, you will have no idea which path to take, but if you are aware of your destination you can always find paths to reach there.
A goal gives your life meaning, it gives your life a purpose, an end to strive for. Without goals a man is a like rudderless boat which will eventually capsize in the violent storms of life. Goals make you use your talents and develop newer talents. And most importantly, goals give you a sense of achievement! 

How to set goals?
Here are few tips that will help you.

The Big Picture
To set goals, you must begin with the big picture in mind. Imagine yourself 15 or 20 years down the line. Where you would you ideally like to see yourself? What things/people would you want with you? What do you want accomplished? You can read my article 9 Goals You Should Set In Life for more knowledge on the different types of goals.
After looking at big picture, break it down into smaller goals that will help you reach your ultimate goals.

Realistic Goals
Set achievable goals. If you set over-ambitious goals, there is a great chance that you may not be able to reach them and remember, nothing discourages a person more than the inability to reach his own goals. Setting low goals will not force you to stretch yourself, therefore it shall not let you realize your true potential.
One way to get out of this catch 22 situation is to set goals at two levels.

  • Set one at a conservative level - a level, the attainment of which shall make you moderately happy and well-off. Let's call this level the 'Rational Level'. 
  • Set level two at a higher, more ambitious level. Let this be the position dreams are made of. This is the place where you shall be at the crescendo of happiness and success. Call this 'Level Zenith'.

This way, even if you do not achieve your highest ambitions, you will atleast be satisfied if you attain the Rational Level. The key here is to first reach the Rational Level and then strive for Level Zenith and not start with aims of reaching Level Zenith; that would just intimidate and discourage you.

More coming up on Goals Setting and achieving! Keep watching this space.

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