By Simon Johnnson
Many a great men have tried to spell success before. In their heartwarming and awe inspiring speeches they have talked about persistence, determination and strong will to get one’s job done. When these very words are rearranged and retold, they acquire a force that goes as far as man can see up in the sky. However, these men have been talking about something quite simple, something that you have known all along- goals.
So how do we define goals? Well, these are basically certain objectives that you want to achieve by the end of a certain period. If you have your heart set on being an engineer, which is your goal. Goals are a part of challenges in your life, and they provide a meaning to your existence. Goals are determined by the SMART theory:
- Realistic and
- Time bound.
If you do not accomplish your goal, you feel let down and unhappy. But if you win, you feel like on top of the world. So how do you achieve all your goals? Read don for a few pointers:
1.Brainstorm: this is the session where you get to decide all the jobs you want to set as your goals. What do you want to accomplish? Write them down in the form of a list and then prioritize which ones are more important and hence should be paid more attention.
2.Flexibility: plans are made to change. And when they do, you have to set new goals and modify the old ones a little. So always write down your goals in one central piece and then keep
on making necessary changes if you must. This will help you to keep a track of your progress and then set goals for your future too.
3.Challenging but Attainable: don’t go for goals which are as easy as a cakewalk, but do not set goals that are very difficult to achieve either. Just decide which ones you have the power to achieve, and yet you will need to work hard to achieve them. Accordingly decide.
4.Time Frames: well, where is the challenge if you do not set a time limit for your goals? You will have to race against time to get the maximum kick out of it. For that, you need to consider
how much time you will need to allot for each of the tasks that you will set for yourself and how long they will take to accomplish. Set short term goals which will take less time to obtain, and this way you will feel pretty good about your work.
5.Learn to Measure your Goals: getting a vague idea about what you want is hardly the part of eth plan. So if you set your heart on something, always think in specific terms. What do you want? Say, if you want to become a writer, you will have to think about the book you will write at the beginning. And do not leave the idea hanging in the air, think of what kind of theme you will write on. Will it be sci-fi, or a passionate love story?
The only way you can stay in the game is by being flexible. It is not possible to accomplish all goals at the set time. If you are ahead of time, you can add a few more goals. If you are falling behind, learn to assess why it is so. Locate your reasons and then work on them to improve more. This is how you can turn your dreams to reality and have a really great life!
About the Author: Simon Johnnson is the director of content for http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com. They specialize in business card holders and letter openers.