Goal setting! Isn’t easy, right ?!
It is a task. It is indeed one, but we can all do it.
I did it, so can you!
I’m no expert, but I’ll try to run you through the things that helped me plan out and attain some of my goals.
These are not really steps that you need to follow but some criteria that has to be kept in mind while you plan on setting a goal and obviously attaining it!
1. Do I have a Goal?
Having a goal set helps you think and drives your mind towards that path. This will motivate you to drive harder towards it. It will help you to put double the amount of efforts and move out of your comfort zone.
If you want to become a doctor.
So, here, your goal is to be a doctor!
How attainable that will be, we shall see that further.
2. Is my Goal achievable?
Considering the same example,
Can I become a doctor?
Here, you are trying to check your capabilities, a little bit of reality check!
At times, because of society we might see certain goals or professions as OUR goals but it may so happen that our interest lies in something else.
So, you can ask yourself certain questions like:
-Do I have interest in this field?
-Do I see myself as a doctor/ engineer/ businessman?
-Do I have the finance needed to attain my goal?
-Am I capable enough?
-Am I ready to take certain amount of pressure or some extra efforts, sleepless nights..maybe failures??
-Am I ready to face the consequences, incase any?
-Do I have a plan B?
-Am I secured enough for plan B if plan A fails?
Questions like these can help you discover self and your true interests.
3. Is my Goal practical/ real? –
We all have dreams and we must not confuse them with goals. Goals are set and planned for us inorder to achieve them. We cannot be unreal and impractical about them.
If you want to become a doctor and let’s say you have enough inorder to become one but you have absolutely no interest in medicine. This I feel is unfair to you.
Work towards what you like rather than diving yourself into an unknown profession.
You may want to become a doctor, have interest in medicine but your grades aren’t up to the mark then I suppose medicine cannot be a very sensible profession to choose. Medicine isn’t easy, it requires loads of patience and hard work; cannot be taking it on a lighter note just for the sake of having a Dr. tag ahead of your name.
4. How do I achieve my Goal?
Set smaller goals inorder to reach your ultimate Goal.
Let me make it a little easy for you by using the above example:
So, if you want to become a doctor, you will have to pass a certain grade, followed by giving certain entrance exams, in short you start off by checking the criteria to get yourself admitted to a medical college! So, here passing a certain grade is your smaller goal followed by entrance exams and then it goes on and on until one day you become a doctor!
These smaller goals are measurable and give you a sense of achievement in itself which helps you to push yourself into achieving and working twice the amount.
5. Am I taking enough credits?
After every small accomplishment, take time to appreciate your work and efforts. Whatever your goal maybe, there is struggle behind it, whether you become a doctor or a chef or any other professional for that matter. Everybody works hard and deserves a pat on the back!
*Replace the above example with your goal and sit with it. Take time, take a piece of pen and paper, write it all down, talk to people who are experienced and may guide you through the right way.
This goal doesn’t really have to be career related, this strategy can be applied for any daily life goals you think you’ve got to reach and achieve.
So, here I did try to put it all out in an easy comprehensive way, as simplified as I could have made it. I hope this may be of some help to you because these truly helped me.
Let me know how effective this was for you.
All the best and remember it is ok to fail and fall, what really matters is to get up and start walking and walking towards what you truly want!