If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my axe.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Goal is a dream with deadline and the difference between dream and goal is action. Having a definite goal is very important in your life. Setting a goal is like setting an immediate or long term destination on your SUCCESS journey. A definite goal gives your life purpose, direction, and meaning. They shape your life choices, help you build toward the future, and give you a sense of control and hope. Goal setting improves our everyday action and decision making. Without definite goal, we tend to become scattered in our thoughts and less important actions. Setting a definite goal gives you vision and motivation. People with definite goal in life can see what they eventually want to achieve and they can see how to get there. If you are not working on where you want to be, you are automatically working on where you don’t want to be.
A goal could be long term or short term, a short term goal is achieved quickly and they help you to achieve your long term goal. Long term goals take months, years or all your life.
Your goals have to be SMART.
S = SPECIFIC – The goal should be specific enough so that we know exactly for what you are attempting. Make the goal as precise and detailed as possible.
I want to do better in Mathematics. X
I want to get an A+ in Mathematics. √
M = MEASURABLE – The goal and its benefits should be tangible. You should be able to answer specifically, when and how you will know you achieved your goal.
I want to lose weight. X
I want to lose 4 pounds weight in 4 weeks √
A = ACHIEVABLE – The goal should be attainable given available resources.
I want to lose 30 kg weight in a month by dieting. X
I want to lose 3 kg weight in a month by dieting. √
R = Realistic – The goal should be important to you and your lifestyle. Challenging yourself is an important part of goal setting. You want to aim high; however, you also need to be realistic.
Example: which goal is better for a doctor?
My goal is to develop a new computer operating system. X
My goal is to discover a cure for cancer. √
T = TIME BOUND – The goal should state the time period in which it will be accomplished.
My goal is to start my business. X
My goal is to open my restaurant in January 2018. √
Set different types of goal i.e. Career goal, Health goal, Social goal, Hobby goal, specialized knowledge etc. Write your goal statement in a positive, affirmative and simple sentence. Divide a complex goal in small steps or different phases.
Set YOUR goal and take massive action…!
Take control of your life immediately…. Do not procrastinate…..! Just do it……!