As far back as I can remember, I’ve lived by the idea that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The idea is that in order to get where you want to be, you need to have a map to get there. In life, that map is based on where you want to be in the future and what you want to achieve. In this light, our goals are directly linked to the plans we make. You need to set goals that will help you to achieve your dreams and fulfil your true purpose whatever those may be.
Why do we need to set goals
Setting goals is the first step towards attaining what we want to achieve and drives you towards your life purpose. Without setting goals, we are unable to live the targeted life that would enable us to get from point A to point B. Goal setting acts as a map for taking the best route to where we want to be in our lives.
Setting goals gives us a target to move forward to. It gives us a sense of accomplishment and creates miniature successes along the path. Instead of our goal seeming like a large and looming mountain in the distance instead becomes a series of molehills which can easily be surmounted.
Setting goals ultimately, gives us a sense of purpose which we can work towards achieving and makes you accountable to yourself.
Why SMART goals?
SMART goals are based on the principles of ensuring that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific – Looks at what exactly the goal is and provides a real and tangible idea of what you’re setting out to achieve.
Measurable – The idea that what you are setting out to achieve can be measured by certain milestones or accomplishments.
Attainable – The goal you are setting for yourself is actually something that can be achieved and not a goal so unrealistic that you will lose focus and interest in making it happen.
Relevant – Goals should be in line with your personal or business mission statement so that what you’re working towards is directly related to your ultimate purpose.
Timely – Goals should be set in a realistic timeframe that ensures that you don’t lose focus and work towards actually realising them.
Setting SMART goals enables us to have a vision of the outcome we want to achieve. It helps us to see a realistic timeframe in which to achieve those goals and gives us a sense of purpose.
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Of course setting goals doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t live spontaneously too. Goals aren’t there to hinder your behaviour but to guide you towards your mission and purpose.
You can change paths along the way and your goals can be readjusted to suit the changes. Life is about finding and achieving your purpose and goals are purely there to make that easier.
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