Many people live as if they were swimming with the flowriver. As a river would carry them in their waters past all the beauties on the shore, so life carries them in its fast flow. They work hard, but it seems that they will never be able to achieve something worthwhile by their labor. Why is that? The main reason is that these people did not spend enough time to think about what they want from life, and did not set themselves specific tasks. The result is quite natural. After all, is it possible to go on a big trip without even knowing where to go? Of course not! And it is necessary to think over the route, and take a map with you. So with life. To achieve something, you must first set a goal. And to plan what steps to take and how to achieve the goal that you have set for yourself.
Why is it necessary to set goals?
Mark Twain once said: "I could show the world how to get what you want; the problem is that very few people know what they want. " Most people spend more time planning annual vacations than planning their own lives. But setting goals is a powerful process for understanding your ideal future, and for self-motivation to make this vision of the future a reality. The process of setting goals will help you choose where you want to go in your life. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you will know where you should concentrate your efforts. The goal set gives you a long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses on acquiring the necessary knowledge, and also helps to organize your time and resources to achieve the greatest results. Having established precise, clearly defined goals, you can see the obvious progress of things where earlier it seemed simply impossible. You will be able to increase self-confidence when you are convinced of your own strengths and competence in achieving your goals. Turn your dream into a desire, and desire - in the goal! Dreams come true when we work hard to achieve our goals. We are very enthusiastic to work for the achievement of something desirable, rather than doing something on duty. Do not go with the flow, like most people, but determine the direction of your life. We will teach you how to achieve any goal.
How to set a goal?
First of all, you need to learn how to set goals correctly. You can set your goals to several levels:
- First, create a general picture of what you want to do with your life, or, say, in the next 10 years (long-term goals). Identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
- Then break them down into smaller goals that will help you achieve the goal of your life (short-term goals).
- Finally, when you have a plan, startwork to achieve the goals. You will already know what you need to do during the year, next month, this week, specifically today. So, step by step, week after week, you will start moving towards a long-term plan.
Write down your goals Before setting long-term goals, answer questions that will help you clarify the future:
- How difficult is it for me to achieve these goals?
- What do I need to achieve them?
- What steps need to be planned?
- What should I learn?
- Whose help will I need?
- What emotions can I afford and what should I avoid?
- What are the motives for my actions?
- What will be my motivation if in future I have problems?
- What will help me cope with problems in the future?
Sort out your long-term goals. Make a list, dividing it into three parts:
And, perhaps, the most important thing here isThe need to write down all of your goals on paper. Write down your goals, and then share them with your friends and family - so you visualize your future success, and it will bring you an excellent result. It does not matter how you write it; the main thing is that these records will help you focus on your plans. In addition, by recording, you can add more information about intermediate, short-term goals. The more information, the more detailed the plan, the more you can achieve. Presenting your goals on paper will bring you more benefits than if you just kept them in your head. If you just think about your plans, it will mean that you are aiming for an unrealizable dream. And if we were not able to convince you that in order to really achieve the goal, it must first be spelled out on paper, we will give a few more detailed arguments:
Some Steps to Achieving Successrealistic, but inspirational goals. Set a great goal before you, which will prompt you to act; but not so large that it will seem unattainable to you. In that case, you will hesitate and do not dare to take your first steps. Brainstorming. Are there other ways to achieve the goal? Write on paper everything that comes to your mind in the first three minutes after this question. Write everything, even if something seems to you complete stupidity. So you can "catch" an interesting idea. Ask for advice. No one can tell you exactly what you need to do to achieve your goal, but the advice of more experienced people can be one of the best sources for guidance to action. Just do not make a common mistake - learn from the experience of others, but do not imitate them! Learn from the mistakes. It would be right if we were still taught at school how to learn from mistakes, instead of avoiding them. In pursuit of the goal, errors are very predictable. They are important because they will correct you and ultimately lead to success. Creating control points. In order to control yourself and make your progress more tangible, you need to create control points for yourself. For example, if you want to buy a car in a year, you should write down for yourself that in three months you must earn such a sum, after another three months you must have so much, and so on. Approaching a specific date and comparing your real results with those previously planned, you will be able to make sure that you are on the right track. Believe in yourself. It often happens that close people do not share your enthusiasm and even begin to criticize your "Napoleonic" plans. Do not pay attention to this, be focused on your dream; believe in yourself even when others do not believe in you!
How to properly complete the work to achieve the goal?
First of all, congratulate yourself with the goodwork done. It does not matter how big or small your goal was; achieving it represents a step in the right direction to success in your life. Encourage yourself for your efforts, indulging yourself with something pleasant (of course, it can not be a big piece of chocolate cake if your goal was to lose weight!) The reward for success when achieving the original goal will help you with motivation towards your main goal. Do not stop there - set new goals! Have you achieved complete success and reached the ultimate goal? Then go back to the very beginning of the list and develop a new goal for yourself. You are already convinced of your abilities; so believe me that they will be enough for a few more grandiose plans! First entry in the diary Make today your first entry in the diary dedicated to setting and achieving your goals! Before setting a task, write down the ten "commandments" that will always remind you how to achieve any goal:
Setting goals is a lifelong process. Your goals may vary along the way, but in the end you must come to the most important of them. When you become more experienced and will know exactly how to achieve this goal, you will feel much more confident and will be able to set themselves more difficult tasks. Develop your experience, both good and bad, and become better than you have been until now! We advise you to read: