Goals play a very important role in shaping the way we view ourselves and others. A person who is goal-oriented is more likely to be focused and have a more positive attitude towards life as a whole and perceive failures as temporary setbacks, rather than personal shortcomings.
Research has shown, training our minds to think about what we want in life helps the brain to automatically rewire itself to acquire the ideal self-image and makes it an essential part of our identity, our brain keeps nudging us to work towards reaching our goals.
What is goal setting?
Goal setting is the process that starts with careful consideration of defining what you are looking to accomplish and mapping out the steps to achieve it and ends with a lot of hard work to do it, requiring more than just a dream.
What are the best strategies to adopt?
- Make a plan
Planning is the first step to a successful goal setting and is just as important as the effort put into it. Setting a plan also means setting our mind, our heart, and our soul to the goal. An excellent way to build a working plan is by chalking out our goals by our strengths, aspirations, and affinities. To start, establish small, achievable goals, and set them often which makes habit formation easier.
- Visualising Dreams
To actualise your dreams, imaginations, and fantasies you must set your goals towards them based on your utilizable knowledge. Educating ourselves about goal setting and its benefits plays a vital role in ensuring one’s belief in the methods, analysis of the results and efforts in chasing after every resource needed. To start with, write down each goal, create a mood board or just a post-it on the mirror and track weekly progress. Another milestone of success is to participate in self-assessments, build knowledge based on expert advice, talk to supervisors to realize the knowledge gap.
- Be accountable
A crucial requisite of goal setting is the sense of accountability instilled in ourselves, which allows us to re-evaluate our actions and scrutinize the consequences whether in a short period or in the long-term goals. Since, what we are set to achieve are promises we made to ourselves thus holding yourself accountable will help you in being mindful, feel gratitude for the process and look positively toward the next step.
Individuals tend to perform better and feel accountable for their actions when someone is watching over or supervising them and there is also an increased chance of sticking to the goals and achieving them, to begin with, pair up with others or have a mentor to guide you through the process.
- Develop Focus and Potential
Many times, we tend to lose our focus we have to maintain and defend our focus to achieve our goals. Firstly, to maintain focus, change your lifestyles and reduce distractions. Secondly, size your goal which will help you gauge how, where and when to use your talent and abilities. Finally break it down, reducing it further and further until it’s one small task that you’re sure will keep you focused to complete in the set timeframe.
To unlock the potential within yourselves and to let it grow its vital to have suitable goals. Expanding your knowledge, sharpening your skills, and enriching your experience through goal setting nurtures potential. Enabling us to challenge ourselves to adapt to new environments, the tasks that seemed daunting you’ll likely see that each step brings you one step closer to victory.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis