Success is not an overnight journey. It needs time, patience, and continuous efforts. If you want to succeed in your life or career, first you have to set goals. Goals are the path to achieve success; if you don’t make goals, you will lack focus and direction. Goal setting allows you to show the path, and it also provides you timely direction and acknowledgment whether you are succeeding or not. Give a thought, is only having a million dollars in your bank account is a success when your goal and purpose is to follow your passion. Your money cannot define success, inner fulfillment, and peace define what you have acquired, and you are happy with it.
Without planning and determination, goals cannot be achieved. Some steps will help you to accomplish your goals. Here are five rules of goal setting for achieving success.
1. Set Goals That Motivate You
Your goals should motivate you; they are the virtue of your passion and inner desire to achieve them. They make sense of value. High priorities goals to be taken care of first, which impact your life more. For achieving goals, you should have the commitment, focus, and attitude towards making it happen.
2. Set SMART Goals
SMART goals are the key to success. You should be crystal clear about your goals, what you want to achieve, and how you want to achieve, the time limit and hardship it will going to take. SMART stands for:
- Time Bound
As the name defines itself, your goal must be clear and well defined. If your goals are vague, you will miss your direction and purpose. Always set precise goals. Don’t set unrealistic goals; you should have parameters which can be measured for defining your success.
Make sure that you will be able to achieve your goals. If you set an unachievable goal, you will lose your confidence. Goals should align with the direction in which you want to lead your life and career. Your goals should be timebound; they must have a deadline.
3. Set Goals In Writing
The goals should be written down on papers, diaries, or on a wall. It reminds you of what you have to do and help you in making it real. Your goals should fill you with enormous power and desire to achieve them. Don’t run and give excuses; you should be firm to achieve whatever you have written in a stipulated time. Make To-Do List so that it will help you maintain schedule and reminds of your task.
4. Make An Action Plan
Now you have set your goals and ready to achieve them. You have to prepare a plan for different steps that are needed along the way. By planning individual steps, and then crossing each will make you visualise your progress towards your ultimate goal.
5. Stick With It
Always remember that goal setting is an ongoing activity and does not have any predefined end. Keep reminders and have patience. Achieve small goals, appreciate yourself, and then move to a bigger one.
Goal setting is not merely saying yourself that you want something.Unless and until you have not clearly define what you want and put your full potential for its accomplishment, you cannot achieve desired goals.