Every New Year begins with new resolutions aimed at improving the quality of life.
However, the likelihood of the resolution passing through first quarter is less.
A resolution paves the way for a person to reach the goal. When there is no proper goal, a resolution is bound to fail.
According to the statistic brain research institute only 42 percent of people follow their resolution till the first month.
If you are one of them, it is time to take some serious action and convert your resolutions into goals.
In this let us take a look at how to set goals in life and how to achieve them.
What Is a Goal (and What Isn’t)?
A goal can be anything that gives your life a purpose and also something that helps you achieve the bigger goals.
One thing you should keep in mind is that, a goal is not a hope or a dream. For instance, I hope to own a house in my life is a dream not a goal.
A goal is highly specific with measurable factors. You can convert your dreams into goals with a plan.
For instance, I will save a particular amount in the next five years for my home’s down payment is a goal.
For something to qualify as a goal, you must know the ultimate result and the path to reach the result.
A goal is
- The vision you have for your future
- Time-bound. Based on the time-frame goals are broken into long term and short term goals.
- Big. A goal can be large enough that may feel like a reach.
A goal isn’t:
- An objective that grooms you to achieve your goal. “I want become an entrepreneur” is a goal and I will learn the hard-skills of an entrepreneur by the end of this month is an objective.
- A resolution that helps you achieves your goals and also improves the quality of your life.
Setting a Goal: Dream Big but Start Small
One of the ideal ways to start your goal setting processes it to start with achievable milestones.
If your goal is to save some bucks for a home, start with short goals like saving 10 percent of your income every month.
If your goal is to improve your sleep pattern, start with small goals like going you bed at the same time every day or finishing dinner early.
Your dream should become your long term goal, and to achieve your dream have checkpoints in terms of short-term goals.
Steps How to Achieve Your Goals
Though a lot of people know about goal, they get stuck at Steps How to Achieve Your Goals.
Here are some useful tips to achieve your goal.
- Fight with fear
Goals in most cases are scary. The thought of achieving the goal sows the seed of self-doubt, intimidation, failure and reduced confidence.
In that case, write down the negative thoughts you have about your goal and try to reframe it in a positive note.
Take a tiny thing and try to eliminate it be taking appropriate measures.
If you want to become a writer but not great in the language, start learning the intricacies.
This helps your mind and body to travel in the same direction.
- Lay a clear path
Let us take the example mentioned earlier about saving for a home. To save every month requires proper planning.
To decide the amount you have to save, you should start analysing your incomes and expenses.
In case, the expense is unnecessary, you must start curbing those expenses.
If possible, you should look at ways to bring in more income to achieve your short term goal to save every month.
It feels overwhelming, but handling the nitty-gritty details provides better control over achieving your goal.
- Manage your time
Once you have the steps, allot time for every task in the list and stick to the time table.
For instance, schedule analysis of the expenses on a Friday evening 5 pm of every week.
Likewise, set time for every task to achieve your short term goal. Breaking the giant list into chunks helps in easy handling of the tasks.
- Prepare for everything
Life always doesn’t go in the way we wanted, that is when the back-up plans come into play.
A real-time simple example is the meal plan. When planning for lunch, we have one actual plan like making pasta.
But, if you don’t have any ingredient let us go with a simple and feasible option like a salad, or sandwich.
The if-then plans helps you tackle a situation which deviates from actual plan.
Other important Golden Rules of Goal Setting include rewarding yourself, not going too hard on you, fine adjustments along the journey.
The most important step to achieve your goal is to understand Long-Term Goals VS Short-Term Goals for effective planning.