Goals are intermediary destinations which lead you to your final destination, i.e. what you want to set your life at. However, the destinations you are passing through should not confound and de-track you. Instead, they must make your journey steady and right on target. For this, you need to have a plan.
So, let’s see few guidelines to set achievable goals:
Envision Your Ambition
Your ambition is the culmination of all your short-term and mid-term goals. It is very broad in scope and requires a lot of effort, for instance, “to start a business” or “to be a manager”. Visualize your ambition and see how it would be after you realize it. It will be like a beacon towards which you make your journey.
Divide Your Ambition into Goals
Break down your ambition into yearly, half-yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and even daily goals. These short-term and mid-term goals are necessary to reach your final goal without hassles. Remember you cannot set up your business straightaway as soon as you decide. You need to do a lot of ground work such as gathering information about the raw material, human resource, transportation, market area, finding location, obtaining capital, etc. You need to weave your goals around these aspects.
Focus on Realistic and Challenging Goals
Follow the SMART principle while designing goals for yourself. Consider your resources and strengths while making your long-term and short-term goals. Your goals should not be too difficult or too easy or you could feel disappointed and quit. Therefore, a SWOT analysis can enable you to set realistic and measurable goals which are within your reach.
Set Performance-based Goals
Once you analyze your strengths and weaknesses, set your goals such that they challenge your present performance. Create a performance chart for each day, week and month. Set your daily activities so that you reach your performance target for the day. When you reach your daily target, you can reach your weekly, monthly and eventually yearly performance targets.
Set a Goal Evaluation Process
This process helps you make adjustments to your strategies in case you are not able to reach your short-term goals in time. Through this process, you can identify what works for you and what does not. Thus, you can keep developing strategies that could well take you towards your goal.
Do not leave anything to chance. You need to be proactive to analyze your goals vis-a-vis your ambition and take steps to correct your strategies if they do not help you reach your short-term goals.
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