Goal Setting For Self Improvement

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Set those goals and start moving

Have you one day sat in a quiet corner of your garden, watching birds and suddenly start wondering why some  people have the ability to accomplish a lot? Such people know where they are headed and exude an enviable confidence.

The answer to this question is that effective goal setting is one of their keys to success. You may be working very hard at what you do, but without setting your goals you will find that your hard work does not yield any meaningful results. You will reach a point where you will find yourself at crossroads and asking yourself which road to take. You can take a moment here and ask yourself where you really want to go. If your inner self tells you “I don’t care much where I want to go”, then as a result you will wonder aimlessly in your journey.

Here, in essence you travel the road of life without a specific direction, or “goal”. Very few people make goal setting, and even fewer appreciate or know what goal setting is all about. And only a few of those know make goal setting a priority.

Studies have shown that most people either don’t know what they want from life, or if they do, have no plans for realising their dreams. That’s why only a small percentage of  people have specific well defined goals. And people who most frequently reach their goals are those who write them down and develop plans to reach them.

what are goals?

Goals are the changes we make in our thinking about who we are and who we can be. The first step in creating your desired future begins with choosing to design your life with clearly defined written goals

Why set goals?

Take a few moments to think why writing down your goals make such a significant difference in your your ultimate performance. Why do you think that writing down your goals is important? If your response to this query included the idea that goal achievers  record their goals so that they can read them, absorb them and plan for them, then you are on the right track. People who achieve their goals take an active role in achieving them. Briefly when you set your goals, you:

  1. Build your confidence
  2. Create momentum in your life
  3. You create a feeling of control in yourlife

Guide lines for writing effective goals

To write down effective goals, you must follow some guidelines which will make you establish your goals in a way that will nearly guarantee a reward for your efforts. Here are some guidelines which you can follow:

  • Effective written goals – Pick a pen and write down those things you most want to achieve. Once these are committed on paper it becomes a firm commitment. It means that your dream is given a sense of reality. This is the first step towards achieving your goals.
  • Effective goals are written in specific measurable terms – Writing your goals in a specific term will have expressed it in a measurable way. You  can then be able to evaluate your progress and know when you have achieved your goal. Example of measurable goals are:
  • By March, next year I will have completed renovation of my office and ready for occupation.
  • This week I will write 3 completed articles for my blog and publish them
  • I will hire a guest writer to help me write the articles.
  • Effective goals can be visualised – Picture yourself reaching your goal, picture your result. Your desired to attain your goals comes from your energy, usually the more you desire something the harder you will work to achieve it
  • Effective goals are achievable – Goals need to challenge your skills and abilities, without discouraging your effort and performance. Do not aim very high initially when you first set your goals. Instead establish the less stringent quality goals at first so that you can experience success in reaching those more realistic goals. As your competency, success and confidence grow,  you may then decide to go for the higher goals.
  • Effective goals have realistic deadlines – Your goals need a schedule. Setting a realistic time frame to take appropriate actions for your goals. Schedule enough time to reach the goal, but not excessive time to make you lose interest in what you are doing.
  • Effective goals are manageable – Don’t make your goal overwhelming because of its size. Divide large goals into smaller manageable components so that it is easier and manageable.
  • Effective goals are analysed for their potential problems – As you establish a goal, consider the steps you might take to accomplish it. Analyse the goal for potential problems that might keep you from reaching it. If a goal is initially considered in terms of what could go wrong,  then you can take action to resolve or minimise problems before they occur. Critical thinking will help you cover all the loopholes and stay on the path towards achieving your goal.

Analyse your goals for potential problems. Think of what could go  wrong with the goal. Think what could go wrong with the goal of “completing a project in time “

  • Are all the materials needed to complete the project procured?
  • Is there effective communication between the members of the team?