Setting goals for ourselves is key to achieving making reality what we have in our mind. To set ourselves appropriate goals we must know what we want clearly. Afterwards, we must establish specific and clearly defined goals, if we don’t have clearly defined goals we will easily lose direction and focus.
As we mentioned in our previous blog, it is recommended to keep a diary in which we can portray our goals to keep track of their fulfillment. A goal isn’t a goal until the leader has written it, a written objective is difficult to avoid. You are the leader, the captain of the ship and your diary is your travel log.
With no specific goals on which to focus our energies and ambitions, all the efforts will be wandering generalities at the best of cases. David Joseph Schwartz (American writer and motivator, author of The Magic of Thinking Big) writes, “A goal is more than a dream; it is a dream that is acted upon ”.
Henry David Thoreau (American writer, poet and philosopher) wrote, “It is not enough to be busy, ants are as well. The question is: what are we busy with? Leaders must know the goal of their efforts. A leader must know what they’re going to accomplish clearly. To summarise, leaders use the goal setting process.”
When the time comes to plan your goals keep in mind these 5 steps:
1. The objective of having a goal is to organize thoughts and provide something specific to focus on and strive for. This must be backed up by the compromise to do it, otherwise the results will not be as expected.
2. Goals must provide us motivation, they have to be challenging, they must make us uncomfortable and provide an impulse for greater performance. The best way to establish a goal is to make sure that it is between the “too big” lane on one side and “too difficult” on the other.
3. They must stand out in relation to what is around. We must develop different ways to remind ourselves every day what we want to accomplish to reach that goal. This we can do through our diary or making posters and putting them in our bedrooms at a key spot where it is the first thing we see when waking up. Other options may be around our homes, office or even in our cars as small notes.
4. Goals must have a specific period of time to be fulfilled. Once our goals are established we write them and we compromise. They must be measurable. Once clearly determining how to measure them we make sure they are realistic and motivating. If we set goals without a time limit they will remain only as a wish or a fantasy.
5. They must have expiration dates. A ticking clock puts pressure that is necessary to avoid the old saying “when all is said and done, there is usually more said than done!”
Another point that we must discuss is not confusing a “good idea” with a “clear goal”. When we don’t set a time limit, as we mentioned before, it is just something we want, this is what we refer to as a “good idea”. However, if on the contrary we compromise our subconscious, the goal must be measured.
Here we leave some examples to make it is much more clear:
GOOD IDEA: I want to have a nice ocean front house.
SPECIFIC GOAL: On December 1st 2021 at noon I will have a 4.000 square foot house on the Pacific Coast road in Malibu, California.
GOOD IDEA: I want to lose weight.
SPECIFIC GOAL: On January 1st 1021 at 5PM I will weigh 185 pounds.
Now we’ll talk about the 3 Ws in accordance to the DOMARTE method (Diagnosis, Objectives, Goals) and characteristics of goals:
WHAT will you do
WHEN will you do it
WILL to carry it out
Characteristics of appropriate goals:
- Within our capacity and skills
- Within our control
- With expiration date
Finally, remember it, if you don’t write them there’s no success, don’t trust your memory for these types of things, you surely have many other goals to plan out and you’ll forget the coherent steps for each and every one of them in time. Remember, you can use your diary to help you make your goals a reality. You can find it at https://rociolifecoach.kartra.com/page/UnA151