“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal.” — Brian Adams
“Write your goals down in detail and read your list of goals every day. Some goals may entail a list of shorter goals. Losing a lot of weight, for example, should include mini-goals, such as 10-pound milestones. This will keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want step by step.” — Jack Canfield
1. Goals give a purpose in Life:
When you have a goal to achieve, you have a purpose in life. If you travel with a purpose, you add more meaning to your life.
2. Goals trigger routines and habits:
Goals setting triggers routine. When you have a goal, you start preparing plans to execute it. You allocate time every day and work on your goals. For example: if your short-term goal is to score a 4 GPA, you will start bringing study-routines. You will adjust your habits. Or, you may bring new habits like spending morning hours for studying, writing assignments for a minimum of 30 minutes daily, follow time-management, etc.
3. Goals give you Focus:
You should know where to focus your time, efforts, money, and hard work. Setting goals will show where to focus all your efforts and skills.
4. Goals give Momentum:
When you set goals and work towards achieving it, you gain momentum in life. The momentum will motivate you to further set a goal and work for it. You become better by improvising.
5. Goals build Self-Efficacy:
If you are setting goals, it means you believe in your capacity to execute it and give the required results.
6. Goals bring Responsibilities:
If you have goals, it shows what you want in life. Also, your goals will say what you want to do with your life. Your goal becomes your responsibility. You will start acting responsibly.
7. Goals make life Interesting:
What good is life without challenges? Set Goals to make your life interesting and challenging.
Setting goals is important and necessary in life. Your Goals are motivations to get a little boost. Goal setting and achieving bring out the best in you.
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” —Confucius
1. Decide what you want:
Know what you want to do. That is how you set proper goals for yourself. Do you have any things you are interested to do? Do you have any pursuits in life? Planning about lifestyle change? Planning to study abroad? Hoping to finish the assignment by Friday? Interested in learning a new language? Etc. are examples that can say what you want. We need this clarity to set proper goals.
This is where short-term, middle-term, and long-term goal types come in. Think of the goals you want to get. It will say how much time you ‘have’ and time you ‘want’ for the goal to take shape and give results.
3. Be clear with the endpoints:
Write questions like:
a. What goals I have in mind?
b. What end-result I want?
c. How I want it?
d. What is my expectation out of this?
e. What outcomes I need?
Answer them genuinely. It will help you set proper goals for yourself.
4. Goals should be compelling and inspiring:
Set goals that inspire and compel you to take action and actively pursue. Goals should not demotivate or negatively influence you. The true purpose of goals-setting is to enhance yourself and not bring down others. Set your goals to align your values and not for others.
5. Goals should help you gain momentum:
Your goals should make you work consistently. The way you set your goals should eliminate the Goal-Hopping. It should move you forward even a little bit every day. You should be able to keep going even after little glitches on the way. This is the momentum you need.
6. Goals - Traceable and visible:
Goals are not about fantasizing. Realistic goals should be traceable, visible, and progressive. Set your goals in a way where monitoring progress is easy.
1. Lack of Motivation:
When your goals don’t motivate you or interests you, you no longer actively pursue it. Eventually, you deviate from it.
2. No Goals/Vague Goals:
Setting specific and clear goals is important. Having vague goals will make you deviate.
3. Achievable. Not Fantasized.
A goal should not always be in the dream stage. It should go to the actionable stage. For that, you need to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals. Set true goals and not fantasized about goals.
4. Do you have too many goals set?
Having too many goals will make you overwhelmed. By thinking about the efforts you need to give you start to deviate from the goals. Stop multitasking and goal-hopping. Set a goal. Work for it. Accomplish it. Move on to the next.
5. Expecting efforts from others:
Don’t expect people and surroundings to fix the problem of your goals. And, don’t blame if something goes wrong. This attitude makes you want to deviate from your goals.
It’s is your goal. Take responsibility.
6. Impress others:
Do you set goals to please people around you or impress others? You will end up deviating from those goals easily. Set goals for yourself and your needs.
7. Easily Distracted?
If you get easily distracted by even little things, the chances of deviating from your goals are high. Make sure, you train yourself to overcome distractions.
People expect quick wins and short-wins without having to put effort and wait patiently. If those wins don’t happen, they quickly deviate from heir goals. Achieving goals takes time, effort, and patience.
9. Fear to handle obstacles:
Fear to face failures, obstacle, and criticisms is one of the principal reasons people deviate from their goals.
1. They know what they want:
All successful people have one thing in common. They know exactly what they want, how they want, what to do, and how to do it. This is how top people set their goals.
2. They Set Process-Goals:
Successful people knew that setting goals are not enough. Their approach will not be in “I want this result”. Their approach would be “how to get the output step by step? What should be the first step?” They focus on process goals.
3. They practice Accountability:
Successful people set goals that can progress and can be held accountable.
4. They Set Intentions:
Successful people will set the intention of “whatever happens, let’s see the bright side”. They know that unexpected circumstances will arise or things can go as planned. They will be prepared for both. When you set positive intentions in yourself, you are more likely to stay on track despite what happens. This is what successful people do when they set goals.
5. They Start the Day in the Right Tone:
People who ace in their field mentally run through their entire day. And go positive in their actions and intentions. To “respond well” is what successful people practice instead of reacting all out. Also, successful people visualize “how I will be today” and act accordingly.
6. They accept failures:
Only by accepting your failures, you can intelligently work the next time. Successful people are well aware of this fact. They accept their failures and mistakes. They correct mistakes and grow.
7. They have habits and routines:
Successful people set goals and reach them because of two reasons. First, they are consistent with their efforts even after defeats and failures. Secondly, they take care of themselves physically and mentally through positive habits and good lifestyle routines.
Fitness is a worthy goal to pursue in life. With good fitness, you gain confidence. You can put almost all lifestyle diseases away from you for ages to come. Focus on fitness overall, and not just for your body.
Here your fitness goals can be categorized into three types:
a. Lifestyle: Money savings, a good career, good education, to have a place on your own, good people around you.
b. Physical: planning the day, making healthy food choices, and spending time for physical pursuits like walking, cycling, jogging, workouts, etc. daily.
c. Mental: To bring more peace of mind in life.
They are all, in a way a fitness goal worth pursuing in life.
To take care of your emotional wellness and become better emotionally is a worthy goal to pursue in life. If we know how to handle our emotions, we resolve almost all problems in life.
Emotional-wellness goals include:
a. Practicing meditation.
b. To practice emotional intelligence.
c. To not take everything personally.
d. Not becoming a people-pleaser.
e. Developing the attitude to bounce back after failures.
f. Sportive attitude to handle life’s challenges.
h. Response overreaction.
i. Treating people well.
j. Practicing Humbleness.
Positivity is truly a worthy goal to pursue in life.
a. Skill goals:
Apart from your studies/work, it’s good to develop extra skills. Gaining extra knowledge, training in new skills, learning a new language, traveling, etc. are worthy goals to pursue in life. Learn new things.
Whatever makes you happy is a goal worth pursuing. Also, remember any goal that doesn’t hurt or offend anybody, and doesn’t influence you negatively. If it allows you to spread your creative wings, that is a worthy goal to pursue.
“Most ‘impossible’ goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite-size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine.” — Don Lancaster
1. Things you want:
There’s a popular saying that says “charity begins at home”. The same goes here. Your first step in finding your life goals is to accomplish “basic things you want” to survive in the world. You need a good place, good food, some money, education, and skills to survive. During the initial stages of life, these are the things that become life-goals for people. Once it’s done, people focus on the next.
2. Things that make you happy:
Your dream startup, building a family, owning a house, focusing on sports, traveling, exploring new areas in work, pursuing your hobbies are few examples that make people happy. The reason is, they are all intrinsically motivated goals and interests. It stays in their mind despite a good job and a good life. And when our basic life-goals are met, our brains keep kindling such passion projects and personal interests.
3. Things that bring out your skills and talents:
Education, Skills, and knowledge have been a big part of life-goals for almost everyone. These types of life goals will guide you where you want to go in life. Getting a double major, pursue your research further, etc. could be the life-goals that bring out the talents and skill in you.
4. Things that can help you “Give”:
The best part of setting life-goals is, it can help others as it helps you. Giving is not just about money. You can give respect, forgiveness, positivity, kindness, and support to people around you.
5. How are you growing?
Growing here is in four steps. Based on these 4 steps, you can shape your life-goals.
- What do you want
- What plans you have to achieve them.
- How to start executing the plans.
- How am I progressing
1. Lack of Resilience:
“Resilience is, knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” – Mary Holloway
You cannot achieve your goals if you are not ready to be resilient. Be prepared to pick yourself up every time you fall. Keep trying!
2. Easily Giving Up:
“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
Don’t see hurdles as problems. See what is causing them. Work on it. Resolve it. Get back on track. But, don’t stay there and keep looking at the problem in front of you. To easily give up is why most people can’t achieve their goals.
3. Instant Wins.
“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of a lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi
Your goals will take the time and effort it needs to come out successfully. If you want quick-wins and easy-solutions, you can’t reach your goals fruitfully. Goals need patience and commitment.
4. Not Ready to Take Risks:
“Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho
Your experience through failures, success, risks, criticisms, and challenges are important to shape your goals better. If you fear to take risks and play it safe, there will be no improvements.
“Comparisons with myself brings improvement, comparisons with others brings discontent.” – Betty Jamie Chung
Don’t compare your goals. Honor your goals and efforts you are giving for it.
6. Lack of Clarity:
“The More clarity you have, the more powerful your goals are.” – Robert G. Allen
Vagueness is not the right approach. Be specific and Clear about your goals.
Difference Between Goals & Objectives:
People often confuse between objectives and goals. What we don’t understand is, we need both goals and objectives to successfully execute the task and get the best outcomes.
Goal: Your goal becomes directions. Only with directions, you will know where to go.
Objective: Objectives are the exact process, steps, actions, and efforts you must take to travel and reach the goal.
Goal: Goals are general. They are like a destination or direction that says where you want to go. And, goals are also general intentions that you wish to have.
Objective: The objectives are by nature, very precise, sharp, specific, and actionable.
Goal: Goals can be Long-term, Short-term, and even Middle-term.
Objective: The objectives are small and require short-term actions. Also, they can be middle-term.
Goal: Goals are creative oriented.
Objective: Objects are concept-oriented i.e. they focus on how to do things and what strategies to use to finish the task.
Goal: Goals can help you with setting priorities, and decision makings. The goal can become inspirational and motivational. They can help in bringing out your talents and skills
Objective: Objectives are more specific and process-oriented. So it becomes easy to measure your progress. Meeting the objectives will bring a sense of achievement and confidence to start the next activity.
Goal: Goals is the road you want to travel.
Objective: Objectives are similar to the milestones in the road that is going to point you in the right direction if a goal.
Goal: Related question to a goal will be “What should be done”.
Objective: Related question with objectives go like “How it should be done” or “How it can be done”.
Goal: Your goals can have a broader scope in life
Objective: Objectives are usually narrow.
Goals and Objectives are important for goal-setting and goal-achieving.
What is important to achieve a Goal?
To reach your goal successfully, you need to be strong in three things. They are, knowing your strengths, willingness to improvise and accepting weaknesses and correcting it. If all three are set, you can easily reach your end goal. By spending most of your time on your strength and improvisations, you reach what you want. The 70-25-5 principle is to take care of these three attributes to make you perform better.
What is the 70-25-5 Principle?
The technique is:
- 70%: Spend 70% of your time to work in your strongest areas.
- The 25%: Give 25% time to working on things you want to improve.
- The Balance 5%: Spend 5% time working on areas of weakness.
How to use the 70-25-5 principle to achieve my goals efficiently?
Here’s an example.
Your end -goal: Complete the Assignment by Month-End.
The strategy suggests that, if an individual spends 70% of their time in areas of their strength, they easily progress towards goals.
Ex: If your strength is in doing quality-research and taking crisp notes, then you need to spend 70% time here. By doing so, you gain a solid base to start your assignments.
And, by spending 25% of the time on areas to improve, an individual gains consistency. It becomes easy to move forward.
Ex: Your improvisations can be good time-management, prioritize topics to write faster, improve writing style, etc.
The balance of 5% is tricky. It is about spending the last 5% time to work on a weakness. Only when we accept our flaws, we begin to correct it.
Ex: Weakness here can be distractions, procrastination habits, etc.
70-25-5 is a simple strategy to follow to achieve your goals. You can use it every day.
“If we have a goal and a plan, and are willing to take risks and mistakes and work as a team, we can choose to do the hard thing.” — Scott Kelly