How to Set Up Goals and Realize Them
How to Set Up Goals and Realize Them
Do you know that dreaming is a plan? Before you write down your goals or build a vision board, the first thing you do is that you have a dream. You have imagined everything you want to accomplish or obtain. You have seen yourself being disciplined and only tolerating what is best for you. You even know what rewards you will give yourself for such a high level of success.
Why people set goals but still fail
In the plan, it is called the dreaming process because it allows you to challenge yourself by letting go of any constraints and imagining the best way. Unfortunately, many people are still at this stage of goal setting. They dreamed of their goals, but they never really achieved them. Some reasons why you may not achieve your goals include:
1. Fear of failure
In a sense, people who are afraid of failure are perfectionists. This is because perfectionists always imagine an ideal result and make every effort to ensure that things unfold exactly according to their imagination. However, as the saying goes, people are planning and God is laughing. If this sounds like you, you should start adapting yourself to the fact that life is messy. Sometimes your plan is not realized, sometimes everything goes according to plan. The sooner you learn this, the sooner you can learn to achieve your goals more flexibly.
2. Poor planning
As mentioned earlier, planning for your goals is more than just a dreaming process or writing down your goals in capitals. The planning goal is an ongoing process. You have to evaluate some aspects, such as how far your goal is, whether your goal is still feasible, or even whether you should postpone certain aspects of it. If you don't know the process, you will end up in an endless cycle of planning, but you will find nothing.
3. Lack of motivation
Motivation is often regarded as a constant in the success equation. You decide not to go for a run in the morning because you can't feel it. You postpone starting this business because you are waiting for it to "feel good". Motivation should be treated as a variable. You shouldn't let it do something. Sometimes action precedes motivation.
The Five Rules of Setting Goals
Having looked at the most common reasons why people don't achieve their goals, here is an in-depth look at how to set your goals and realize them:
Five rules for setting goals
After studying the most common reasons why people fail to achieve their goals, here is an in-depth look at how to set goals and achieve them:
1. Set SMART goals
You may have heard of this kind of mnemonic that can be seen everywhere in your life. This may be what your counselor told you about your school grades. SMART stands for concrete, measurable, achievable, and realistic 7 and timely. In that particular order, your goals should be as specific as possible. The clearer you are, the greater your chance of success. There is a way to track your goals. As business leaders say, you cannot manage what you cannot measure. As for achievability and reality, your goals should be big enough to push you, but not too big to make you lose motivation. Finally, when you set a time limit for your goal, you put some necessary pressure on yourself.
2. Develop an action plan
This is the act of breaking your big goal into actionable steps. If you need to lose 50 pounds in a year, you need to know how much you should lose every week or every month. If you want to read 50 books in a year, you should first list all the books you are interested in and assign a time frame to each book. This process not only makes it easier for you to achieve your goals, but it also helps you plan for any additional resources you need. You may realize that you need to make a weekly diet plan to lose 50 pounds, or you may need to bookmark so that you don’t keep repeating pages you’ve read.
3. Create competition
In this case, competition is not literal, but a term called "target competition" in psychology. You can see this correctly when you have several goals that require a lot of attention and focus. Because all these goals are very time consuming, every time you focus on one goal, the other will be affected. In the long run, this will make you feel very frustrated, because although you may have made a lot of progress on one goal, the other is suffering. For this reason, experts suggest that you should re-evaluate your goals and select only those that you think are the most important. Another approach is to lower the success metrics for certain goals, making them "low-risk" goals. In this way, you can have both "high-risk targets" that require a lot of attention and "low-risk" targets that don't require as much attention.
5. Create a system around your goals
They said that the road to hell was paved with good intentions. This is a famous saying used to show the importance of seeing things through. Even with the right intentions, you may still fail. In order to achieve your goal, you need to realize that just wanting will not cut it. You must be aware of the life system that is useful or unfavorable to you. For example, you may not have enough time to study because you chose to study at night after a long day. Or, you may not have time to read any book because your homepage is flooded with social media notifications, and it's already 2 am before you know it. You should keenly evaluate all your habits and pay attention to all systems that are not good for you.
6. Start, the rest will follow
Just like your favorite sneaker says, go for it. It is easy to overthink and cause analysis to be paralyzed. Sometimes, you need to learn more and let things unfold as you like.