Fantasize - Dream your wildest dreams and ask yourself: what do you want to be doing in 1 year? 5 years? What kind of person do I want to be?
Reality - Fantasies can become reality, depending on how hard you are willing to work for them.
Aim - Define your goal(s) by striking a balance between Fantasy and Reality; set a high but realistic goal.
Method – Be truthful to yourself by narrowing your choices or goals to the ones you really intend to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Evaluation - Process the results, but don’t make it the last step; evaluation should be on going.
I want to be a seasoned Doctor (The WHAT, Specific) by acquiring best medical training (The How, Specific) in next 10 years (Time Bound, Measurable, Realistic) and Earn Rs. 50 Crores (The WHY) by the time I retire.
To Do – For an effective Goal Setting
Review your Goals
Outline strategies to reach your Goals and select the best of it
Make specific plans to accomplish strategy
Motivate yourself and others (if any associated with the Goal)
Demand commitment of self and others
Be flexible in making adjustment to reach the Goal
Mistakes in Goal Setting
The goal was not written down.
Rewards for achieving the goals were not given.
The goal was unrealistic or not specific enough.
The goal is not really believable or little commitment exists.
Keep changing or switching goals with the weather
The person who set the goal has not told anyone else for added accountability, help and support.
The goal was not incorporated into a realistic plan that includes measurements, timelines and resources.
Benefits of Goal Setting
As you have a set plan and you track and measure success regularly you tend to suffer less from stress and anxiety
You are able to concentrate better as you have specific strategy and plans
You have more self-confidence as you are in control
Being in control helps you perform better
Since you perform better you are happier
Make sure the goal you are working for is something you really want, not just something that sounds good.
A goal can not contradict any of your other goals.
Develop goals in the 6 areas of life:
Family and Home
Career and Finance
Spiritual and Ethical
Physical and Health
Social and Cultural
Mental and Educational
Write your goal in the positive instead of the negative.
Write your goal out in complete detail.
By all means, make sure your goal is high enough.
This is the most important, write down your goals.