Encourage Yourself To Set Goals

“When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.”
Jim Rohn

What are your goals? Have you written down your goals?

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In the book What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack tells a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In that year, the students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all.

Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.

Goals provide us with a guiding purpose in life. Most successful people are goal- oriented and they know clearly what they want. You have to know what you want in order to get what you want.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting Technique

Your goals should have the following five characteristics :

Specific (S)
Set clear and well defined goals based on WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHICH, WHY. E.g I need to increase my income by 20% by end of next year because I need to achieve more in life.

Measurable (M)
Include precise amounts, deadline, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. It is easier to measure your goals if you put them in numeric terms.

Attainable (A)
Set goals that are possible to achieve. However, your goals should be realistic but yet challenging.

Relevant (R)
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and remain in control of your life.

Time Bound (T)
Give each goal a deadline so that you have a sense of urgency in making it happen.

Set Various Categories Of Goals

By setting goals around various areas of your life, you will become a well- rounded person with a balanced lifestyle. You cannot use 18 hours of your day in pursuing your career goal while forgetting to spend some quality time with your family. We all have numbered days and it essential to spend your time wisely.

Personal Development
You have to read more to be a more successful person. By improving yourself, you can make yourself more valuable in your work life and in turn working towards achieving your career goal.

Health
Eat more healthy food and sleep at least 7 hours a day. Make the habit of exercising twice a day. These seem simple but most people are not doing it due to busy work schedule. Being healthy, you have more energy to face your life challenges and never give up in the face of difficulties.

Career
If you are an Entrepreneur, what can you do to improve your business and profit?
If you are holding a 9- 5 job, what can you do to increase your salary? How to improve your productivity by getting the most result in the shortest time frame possible?
Take the effort to improve your technical and soft skills. These are useful for your current and future jobs.

Financial
Do you want to buy a new house or new car?
What can you do to pay off your debt in a shorter time frame?
What should you invest in to have a higher rate of returns and never lose money?
How much money do you want to save to retire comfortably?

Family
Plan a holiday trip with your family.
Are you spending enough time to communicate with your family and improve relationships?

Fun and Recreation
Get a new hobby for yourself. You may learn to play tennis so that you can have fun and keep yourself healthy at the same time. Learn to play piano if you don’t have a chance to do so while you are a kid.

Social
Make the effort to meet up with your friends at least twice a month to catch up with one another. This helps to nurture better friendships.

After setting your goals, it is important to take actions to make it a reality. Make a plan and list all the things you need to do to achieve the goal. Taking actions require hard work and determination. Keep your eyes on your goals so that you can persevere till the end.

Review your goals regularly to find out your progress towards your goals. If you have achieved your goal, look for a new goal. Give yourself some reward for attaining a goal. This provides you with the motivation to achieve more goals. If you have made no progress, adjust your plan or hire a mentor to guide you. Lastly, you might want to check out this Ultimate Goal Program by Brian Tracy.
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