Imagine you step out of your house. Somehow you reached an airport and stood in front of the ticket counter and you were asked where do you want to go? Now you are bewildered because you are not sure where you want to go. Does it really happen to you? I am sure never. Then why don’t you know what do you to achieve in your career? Why don’t you set goals for your better life? Do not dare to imagine success without goals.
In 1979 Harvard MBA analysed the graduating class to study goal setting. The results were fascinating. The graduating class was asked a single question about their goals in life.
The question was this:
“Have you set written goals and created a plan for their attainment?”
Prior to graduation, it was analysed that:
84% of the entire class had set no goals at all
13% of the class had set written goals but had no concrete plans
3% of the class had both written goals and concrete plans
Ten years later, the 13% of the class that had set written goals but had not created plans, were making twice as much money as the 84% of the class that had set no goals at all.
On the other hand, 3% of the class that had both written goals and plans to achieve them were making ten times as much as the rest of the 97% of the class.
In other words, the people who had written goals and plans were more successful than the other two groups.
The above research elaborates two important aspects of goals: making goals and writing them down for better results.
Now if you are convinced that making goals and plans to achieve more in life is important, then read on to know some important aspects of making goals and plans that help us to make result-oriented goals with ease for a successful life.
A few years ago I was not having specific goals. Which was one of the biggest mistakes of my life? I wanted to start my blog and write consistently because I love writing. However, years passed and I had no consistency on my blog. That is why I made a specific goal six months ago. The goal was to write blog articles twice or thrice a week. That is how I manage to maintain consistency in writing for five months, and still writing. This also results in an increase in visitors to my blog.
Be specific about your goals. For instance, if you want to read more books then finalise how many books do you want to read in one month. It can be two books in a month or three books in a month. Be specific. Robin Sharma in his podcast once said, “vague goals lead to a vague result.”
Imagine your goal is to read one book in one day while doing a full-time job. Will be able to accomplish this goal? Absolutely Not. While making goals you have to keep in mind that goals need to be achievable. I am not asking you to dream small or make small goals. Dream big but cut it down so small that it can be achievable.
For instance, you want to read three books in one month. It will be one book in 10 days. Which ultimately cut down to 25-30 pages in one day. Now think if reading 25-30 pages are feasible for you then set goals for 3 books in one month.
Whatever your goals are, cut it down to days and then see if it can be achievable. That is how you can differentiate between achievable and unachievable goals.
Write down goals
You booked a plane ticket for a vacation trip on the internet. The moment you clicked ‘Book the ticket” button you received a call on your registered mobile number sharing all the information such as the date of journey, seat number, timing etc. However, you did not receive any written mail or message on the same. Will it be fine for you? Of course not.
Then how can you think that there will be chances of achieving goals that are not written somewhere? Write down your goals so that you can see it regularly to be on track. To be on the right plane as you see your ticket regularly to remind yourself date and time of your journey.
Convert goals into planning
I have touched the surface of this points above but I want to elaborate it further for more clarification. Now you have one goal that is to read three books in a month. Convert your goals into planning. For instance, you want to read three books in one month. Ask yourself how and when you want to achieve that goal.
As explained above, you have to cut down your monthly goals into weeks and days. Take the example of reading three books in one month. Your one book needs to be finished in 10 days. Now, how you can finish one book in 10 days? By reading 25-30 pages of a book in one day. Now you know that you have to read 25-30 pages (according to the number of pages a book consists) of a book.
Set a time to read 25-30 pages in a day. For instance, Bill Gates reads before he sleeps at night. You can choose your suitable time. It can be first thing in the morning etc.
That is how you can do with all your goals. Remember, your days define your week; weeks define month; months define year and years define your life. So focus on day-to-day activity and your goals will be achieved.
Gather resources for your goals
If you want your goals to be achieved you have to gather resources for the same before you take the first step to accomplish the goals. For instance, if you want to start your own digital marketing company. You have to find out a few employees who are good at digital marketing and enough finance for the company.
If you do not have enough finance then find out investors or you can figure out some other ways such as loans etc. List down all the resources you need to establish a digital marketing company. Then find out ways to gather all the resources so that you don’t have any problem in terms of resources while running the company.
Reasons behind your goals
Have you ever booked a ticket without knowing whether it is for a business trip, a vacation trip, or honeymoon trip? Not really right! Then how can you set a goal without a specific and strong reason?
You want to start your own digital marketing company. But, why do you want to start it in the first place? There are many digital marketing companies available.
Reasons can be anything such as you want to be your own boss, you want to earn more, you want to be a businessman, you want to do something different from other digital marketing companies, you want to use your full potential that you can not do while working for somebody else etc.
Write down the reason for your goals to make it more attractive to achieve.
Review your goals consistently
As you don’t receive a college degree or any other certificate without review and assessment, you also need to review your progress. This will help you to know whether you are getting closer to your goals or not. Compare your progress and your goals and plans on a daily or weekly basis.
Jack Canfield says, “An important part of any focusing regimen is to set aside time at the end of the day – just before going to sleep – to acknowledge your successes, review your goals, focus on your successful future, and make specific plans for what you want to accomplish the next day.”
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible,” Tony Robbins.