But seriously, if you were to ask somebody ” was your day a success? ” would you expect a straight answer?
All our efforts, time and energy are constantly challenged in this busy world. The reality is that there is simply not enough time to do everything that we want to do. With goal setting techniques, you can maximise the use of your time. The goal setting techniques outlined below are so can guide you through the basics.
What do I really want? Where do I want to go? What do I want to do now?
Having success in just knowing the answers to these questions is a good start.
This is a goal setting technique that demands a lot of reflection from your part.
Go forward and visualise your dreams then slowly trace it backwards to the present and evaluate on what you need to do to achieve that dream.
Review the past to see if there are hidden motives that you have yet to consider. Sometimes the past has its ways of getting in the way to your goals.
Allow room for the unforeseen as you know that not every day can be a success. Four days before writing this post, i wasted an entire day creating something that conflicted with another software. That was the unforeseen. Believe me, that day was not a success.
2. Get Real
You have dreams to reach, yes. But you can’t have everything you dreamed of in a snap of a finger, and even if you did, that doesn’t mean that you would reach the ultimate goal of everlasting happiness.
Know when your dream is attainable; learn to accept and let go of it when you realised it is not.
Know your strengths and weaknesses. Identify what are the things that does not support your long-term goals; this is a way of filtering out what are distractions and what is necessary. the answer to ” was your day a success? ” would always be a “no” if your goals are simply out of reach.
Identify your Key Action Steps. Ask yourself, how will I go about this? What schedule or strategy should I focus on?
Planning is an important goal setting technique. An effective plan is something that can successfully identify the interconnections between the short-term and the long-term goals.
Success in planning forms ideas in our heads and is a powerful goal setting technique. Remember that “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Sometimes, we get overwhelmed with planning and as a consequence, lose our focus. One goal setting technique to avoid losing focus is to aim for one goal at a time.
If your dream was to be a successful novelist, painter or a photographer, can you aim for it all at the same time?
The answer is yes, you can.
You won’t lose focus if you know which of your goals deserve your utmost attention and extra time. If being a novelist topped the list, you can still do painting and photography at the side, more like a hobby.
In evaluating goal setting techniques, ask yourself the following: Am I doing just fine? Am I on the right track? Am I on time? On cue? What strategies are working? What are not? How can i make more time?
We have outlined some action steps during our planning. But we rarely take the time to think thoroughly what actions are actually needed. By re-evaluating, we are actually identifying those actions that are not needed.
A Goal, a Dream
By observing the goal setting techniques cited above, our dreams is just a step away from us. But oftentimes the goals we set for ourselves remain an unattainable dream. We became a victim of our own actions: procrastinating in the middle of the journey, or losing interest altogether although the finish line is just a few meters ahead. The motivation to do another step must come from us, from within. We must not expect our loved ones or friends to push our backs just to make that big step. So ask your self one more time, was your day a success?