What is a goal? Why do we need to set goals? Are they really necessary? if I may ask. A goal is a set target or result that one seeks to achieve. Now take note of that word ‘achieve’ in that definition. You can only call a goal a goal when it’s achieved. You work towards a goal but you don’t have the goal until you’ve achieved that goal. Goals are not just in word goals are in action. Goals are not just heard but held. Goals not only keeps you going but keeps you winning. The major reason for goals is to keep us abreast of where we are going keeps us in focus. When you have goals in life then everything you do is directed towards that goal. It’s a case of this is what I want and this is how I’m gonna go about it. And of course they are indeed necessary cause goals gives you direction. I strongly advice that setting high targets for yourself goes a long way in increasing your work pace towards that target. Some would say afterall I’m better than so many people and some people are better than me. Yeah cool but the problem is if you keep comparing yourself to those you’re better than you may never get to where you want to be. Why not use those in front of you as a ladder to your on success. Some folks would say ‘to be the best beat the best’ question is don’t you wanna be the best? I’m sure you want that. It should be progressive not retrogressive. Now goals is what we are going to be looking at today on Danny world. We’ve seen how important goals are and now we’re gonna look at how to go about achieving goals for ourselves? How do we set goals? Here are Danny’s six (6) rules to goal setting right here.
Now is one thing to set goals is another thing to work towards those goals you’ve set. You don’t just say it and expect it’s gonna happen just that way. You need to map it out! Now here is Danny’s six (6) rules to goal setting.
1. BELIEVE IT’S ACHIEVABLE
This is Danny’s first rule to goal setting infact this is the first rule to being successful. You have to believe it’s achievable then you can reach for it. If it’s not achievable then you can’t possibly be a goal.
2. SET MOTIVATING GOALS
When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they
motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to
you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little
interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger
picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make
them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals.
Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without
this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals,
leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal
achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the
likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and
have an “I must do this” attitude. When you don’t have this, you risk putting off what you need to make the goal a reality.
3. S-M-A-R-T GOALS
You have probably heard of “SMART goals” already. But do
you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be
powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. There are
many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence is
this – goals should be:
That’s how your goals should be.
4. WRITE IT DOWN
A lot of people fail to do this. The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and
tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you
write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.”
For example, “I will reduce my operating expenses by 10
percent this year,” not “I would like to reduce my operating
expenses by 10 percent this year.” The first goal statement has
power and you can “see” yourself reducing expenses, the
second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get
5. ACTION PLAN
This is very important when setting goals. Know what step to take at every junction. This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get
so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the
steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the
individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you
complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards
your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is
big and demanding, or long-term.
6. STICK WITH IT
Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means
to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and
make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your
end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but
the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change
significantly. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity
remain on the top.
This is how you got about goal setting. Apply these rules and your goals may not seem so far fetched anymore. Now I hope you’ve learned something today. Take that from Danny!
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