Laws of Success Series – #7 Goal Setting

When there is nothing to pursue, there will be nothing to possess. A goal is defined as a desired result or achievement of something where a given effort is diverted. Expectations without actions are mere wishes and daydreams that can never happen.

A goal can also be termed as the end result, an outcome, the purpose, target, intent of specific activities. Having a goal chat directions, guides, create focus, set patterns, motivates, inspires, increase eagerness and enables focusing on things that maximizes the chance of its achievement. Goals have a way of inviting all human energies (physical, mental and spiritual) to move into action and subsequently make its attainment more visible.

Goals provide focus; with no guiding vision or plan, people tend to drift. It enhances productivity and boasts self-esteem in all areas of life. Goalless people aren’t going anywhere – if you don’t have any goal, life will freely give you a very cheap one from the storehouse of failure, poverty and regret; good things are never cheap! What would you call a football match with no goal post? Senseless match, time-wasting match, fool-ball match or whatever!

When dreams have been translated into imaginary substances called ideas – the next step is to set their goals and pursue them passionately and restlessly for actualizations. When goals are set – all thoughts are diverted and concentrated on cooperation, functionality and performance. A goal can be long or short term, long-term achievement usually relies on short-term achievements. These short-term stuffs are called smaller goals, sub-goals, objectives, tasks, processes or components. They enable measurement of progress and making achievement more realistic – Management consultant calls such milestones performance indicators.

Setting a high goal that is higher than ones “perceived capabilities” have a way of helping the realization of full potential, striving to achieve more is the primary requirement for heightening strengths, extending capabilities and unleashing hidden potentials.

A goal can be positive or negative – for instance, to rob a bank is definitely bad, dangerous, criminal, immoral, devilish and also sinful according to all believe system. Good goals are normally problem solving, peace oriented, spirit motivating and fair to everyone concerned.

Unrealistic goals are fruitless effort in production of useless substance – it is definitely a sincere waste of time and energy – nobody buys such. Whatever your goal sounds like – finance, marriage, academic, employment, business, closing a deal, writing a book, solving a problem, maintaining good health, having a pleasant relationship, training a child, starting a NGO – whatever, just sketch out your roadmap and achieve them. It is like building a bridge that leads to the domain of super-success. You’ve got all it takes!

We’ve been taught many times that our goals must be SMART – I strongly agree with that, somebody, sometimes added more definitions and I guess you should see them too:

S – specific, significant, stretching
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

Every goal that must get to its destination must be greatly desired and pursued with its clearly defined, refined plan of action. Let’s get a bit practical – state the plan of actions required for these goals: regular exercises; eating of nourishing foods; personal intellectual development; healthy family relationship; spiritual development; raising enough money to start a business and any other three that are important to you.

Break down that goal into yearly, half-yearly, quarterly, monthly, forth-nightly, weekly, daily and hourly basis – and stick to them. Take advantage of technology, create reminders and alarms on all your gadgets, stay organized, learn whatever is required, and enlist the help of others. Nothing should be big enough for you to “give up”, when life get tough, get tougher. I’m very sure that you can’t and won’t give up – would you?

State them, break them, consider the challenges, re-appraise, re-examine, re-orientate, enhance and fire on! A wise man once remarked that “if you perspire to acquire what you desire, do not retire but re-fire”

Set goals to your ingenious ideas; pursue, achieve and See you at the Top!

Victor Onanubi is an experienced System Analyst /Programmer @ www.maxtech.com.ng, he can be reached on victor@maxtech.com.ng or victoronanubi@yahoo.com

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