How to Achieve Goals

Life would be pretty much meaningless without goals we want to achieve.

Goals come in many forms. Some of us will be satisfied with earning a high school diploma — still others want to become an inventor or join the high stakes world of corporate finance. Whatever your personal goal may be, there are a few steps to help you on your path.

What’s the best way to achieve my goals? I believe it has to do with discipline, know-how, and good old-fashioned American guts.

Model Yourself After Other Successful People

Think of a person, famous or otherwise, who has what you want, and model you life after theirs. Few names in business old the weight that Donald Trump holds. Sure, he was born into a succesful and rich family, and that had much to do with his success, but there is more to achieving goals than winning the genetic lottery, Trump realized from an early age that he woukd have to work hard and have a plan in order to be succesful. His empire now includes ownership of hotels, casinos, his own television shows, and many other business ventures. To top it off, Trump has had his ups and downs — divorces, bankruptcy, and bad business deals. Still, through it all, he has maintained an incredible reputation as one of the greatest American businessmen. How did he achieve his goals? Famously, Trump has his to say about his success — “As long as your going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Thinking bib mreanings not letting anyone or anything get in the way of acheiving your goals. Through all the bankruptcy drama, Trump stayed on top.Don’t let setbacks destroy your goals. Just as in art clss in school, usd your mistakes as boons.

Other successful people followed a similar parth. President Barack Obama had more going against him than most, and win his election in a landside. How did he do it? He believed in himself and never backed cown. Let’s say your goal is to become student body president — have no boubt that you can accomplish your goal. Confidence will go far in in convincing those around you that your goal is serious.

Personally, I’d like to be more like my father, His work ethic is incredible and he has a loving wife and three children who love him, For my father, the point is hard work, confidence, and sticking to his goals.

Have A Clear Idea of Your Goal

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Write down your goal, write it daily if you have to. This will remind you of your goal and press you towards acheiving it. Without a clear idea of your goal, you’re likely to get nowhere. Be specific — if you want to have the best paper route in your neighborhood, make a list of how to go about this, and stick with it. Don’t let pettiness or laziness get in the way of your lofty and accesible goal just because you want a new high score at Halo — acheiving your goal wll feel better in the long run, and who knows, you coluld make some good bucks doing it.

Why Pursue a Goal at All?

We all know confidence is sexy — it is likely that setting and meeting your goal will increase your attrativeness to the opposite sex, along with earning you eome pocket change along the way.

Another great reason to set a goal is self esteem — you’ll simply feel better when you go after a goal, and even bette when you’re succesfful. Goals give us a reason to put our feet on the floor in the morning and get the job done.

Steps Toward Goal Setting

Positive Statement: express your goals positively: ‘Execute this technique well’ is a much better goal than ‘don’t make this stupid mistake’

Be Precise: if you set a precise goal, putting in dates, times and amounts so that achievement can be measured, then you know the exact goal to be achieved, and can take complete satisfaction from having completely achieved it.

Set Priorities: where you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.

Write Goals Down To Avoid Confusion And Give Them More Force.

Keep Operational Goals Small: Keep the goals you are working towards immediately (i.e. in this session) small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward. Today’s goals should be derived from larger goals.

You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible – there is nothing as dispiriting as failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control such as bad business environments, poor judging, bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck. Goals based on outcomes are extremely vulnerable to failure because of things beyond your control.

If you base your goals on personal performance or skills or knowledge to be acquired, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them. For example, you might achieve a personal best time in a race, but still be disqualified as a result of a poor judging decision. If you had set an outcome goal of being in the top three, then this will be a defeat. If you set a performance goal of achieving a particular time, then you will have achieved the goal and can draw satisfaction and self-confidence from its achievement.

Another flaw is where outcome goals are based on the rewards of achieving something, whether these are financial or are based on the recognition of colleagues. In early stages these will be highly motivating factors, however as they are achieved, the benefits of further achievement at the same level reduce. You will become progressively less motivated.

Set Specific Goals

Set specific measurable goals. If you achieve all conditions of a measurable goal, then you can be confident and comfortable in its achievement. If you consistently fail to meet a measurable goal, then you can adjust it or analyse the reason for failure and take appropriate action to improve skills.

Set Realistic Goals

Goals may be set unrealistically high for the following reasons:

Other people: Other people (parents, media, society) can set unrealistic goals for you, based on what they want. Often this will be done in ignorance of your goals, desires and ambitions.

Insufficient information: If you do not have a clear, realistic understanding of what you are trying to achieve and of the skills and knowledge to be mastered, it is difficult to set effective and realistic goals. Always expecting your best performance: Many people base their goals on their best performance, however long ago that was. This ignores the inevitable backsliding that can occur for good reasons, and ignores the factors that led to that best performance. It is better to set goals that raise your average performance and make it more consistent. Lack of respect for self: If you do not respect your right to rest, relaxation and pleasure in life then you risk burnout.

Setting Goals Too Low

Alternatively goals can be set too low because of a fear of failure: If you are frightened of failure you will not take the risks needed for optimum performance. As you apply goal setting and see the achievement of goals, your self- confidence should increase, helping you to take bigger risks. Know that failure is a positive thing: it shows you areas where you can improve your skills and performance.

Taking it too easy: It is easy to take the reasons for not setting goals unrealistically high as an excuse to set them too low. If you’re not prepared to stretch yourself and work hard, then you are extremely unlikely to achieve anything of any real worth.

Setting Goals at the Right Level

Setting goals at the correct level is a skill that is acquired by practice.

You should set goals so that they are slightly out of your immediate grasp, but not so far that there is no hope of achieving them: no-one will put serious effort into achieving a goal that they believe is unrealistic. However, remember that the belief that a goal is unrealistic may be incorrect. Such a belief can be changed by effective use of imagery.

Personal factors such as tiredness, other commitments and the need for rest, etc. should be taken into account when goals are set.

Now review the goals you have set, and then measure them against the points above. Adjust them to meet the recommendations and then review them. You should now be able to see the importance of setting goals effectively.

Finally, Ask yourself some questioms

When you are thinking about how to achieve goals, asking the following questions can help you to focus on the sub-goals that lead to their achievement.

  • What skills do I need to achieve this?
  • What information and knowledge do I need?
  • What help, assistance, or collaboration do I need?
  • What resources do I need?
  • What can block progress?
  • Am I making any assumptions?
  • Is there a better way of doing things?

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