Has a year or a few months ever flown by and it seems like you have accomplished nothing. I mean it’s not like you were sitting at home not doing anything, you were going to work or attending school but you still feel like you wasted time, I know most people can relate to this but the question is, how can we make our time more meaningful and do things that fulfill us instead of doing the mundane. The answer is simply in Goal Setting.
Goal setting is a powerful but simple process of planning what you want your ideal life to be, putting the desires of your hearts on paper and plan carefully how exactly you’re going to travel to reach your optimum life. The word of God in Habbakuk 2:2 “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he who reads it may run”, even the word of God instructs us to write the vision so that each time we read it we may have the strength to run with it. You may be asking yourself what really are the benefits of goal setting and they are a lot, I will just list a few that are important to me here below:
- Clarity– goal setting will give you a sense of clarity and clarity is power. Knowing intimately exactly what you need to do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis empowers you to work towards the life you want versus going through life without purpose, everyone has the potential to be great and our daily decisions will either add to success to add to failure.
- Organization– If you work in an office you probably know how hard it is to focus on a task if your desk has clutter, in order to focus on the task at hand you need to declutter, think of your mind the same way if it is cluttered with a million thoughts a day it’s hard to focus on your goals, so goal setting works to organize and clear your mind so you can focus on the most important parts of your day.
- Sense of Pride– It was just announced 30 mins ago that Joe Biden has won the US Presidency and the only thing I could think of is the feeling of setting out to do something and seeing all your hardwork pay off, that is the same feeling of pride you get after a laying out a plan and following it to completion, the feeling is on that everyone has to experience for themselves.
How do I set goals?
To answer this question I have designed a detailed goal setting worksheet that will help you set effective goals. For a goal to be effective it needs to be SMART:
- Specific- this is where clarity plays a huge part, what exactly is the goal, what will it look like or feel once you achieve it?
- Measureable – You need to be able to accurately track your progress as you work towards your goal.
- Attainable- It should be something you can be able to achieve, don;t set them too high because when you fail you will feel discouraged and never start again, for example if you’re not a runner don’t write run 100km a week, that’s impossible because you haven;t built the stamina yet, start with something manageble.
- Relevant- the goals you set must be relevant to you not someone else, don’t copy anyone but set your goals according to your specific desires.
- Time Bound- setting a time frame for your goal helps quantify it further and keeps you accountable.
You will find that the goal sheet I have designed takes the SMART factors into account and will keep you accountable as you review your goals. Download it on the pink link below and let me know what you think.A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Brian Tracy.pdf (240 downloads)
In my next post, I will be detailing how you can fill this sheet in for maximum results, Thanks again for stopping by. X