“I want to succeed in my career. I want to create a happy family. I want to have a car – and the car must be of a SPORT class.”
In fact, everyone wishes something. Well…it does not matter how concrete your wishes are, should they be material or refer to the emotional sphere of life. If you are just thinking of them from time to time, then nothing is going to happen. At the same time, if you realise that something is really important to you and you make up the plan titled “how to achieve my wish”, then your wish will turn into your goal, to which you will be heading.
Goal setting is the term, which will help you to understand that if you want your wishes to come true, you have to act in a definitive way. Every single person, who can set the goals and then strive to achieve them – can get successful in life. It is also significant to remember about time management as one of the most crucial part of it.
There are some steps to understand the process of goal setting:
- Shape your own goals up
- Write down the goals (you can use a notebook or an electronic variant such as OneNote)
- Create an action plan to achieve the goals
- Make the first step
- Keep working on an achievement
- Note the moment of achieving the goal
A successful person is a person who is able to turn his/her wishes into goals and the goals into reality.
In order to set the goal in the most effective way, there are some core principals.
1 – Firstly, it is clarity. It is obvious, that a clear and measurable goal is more achievable than undefined and non-concrete one. In other words, you have to be more specific. The most effective goals usually have the time-scale which defines it.
2 – Secondly, it is a challenge. Any goal should be a challenge and has the decent level of complexity in order to motivate the person to overcome everything on the way to the goal.
3 – Thirdly, it is a commitment. It is necessary to root the effort to meet the goal. It is also worthy to tell somebody else about the goal and broad plan of achieving it. This will help to increase the level of motivation.
4 – Fourthly, it is feedback. Create the system to track your achievements, if something does not go fast, just allow yourself to split it up into several stages.
5 – And, finally, it is task complexity. If the goal is too difficult, make sure, that you have enough time for completing all the concomitant tasks. In other terms: if the goal is far from being easy, make sure, that you leave a chance to complete it, do not demand or expect too much from yourself.
You can see how important to set the goals is. Of course, everyone has the choice to follow or not to follow this, to wish and dream or chose to act and to achieve. I am only showing you the possible ways of doing it. Hoping the information you are finding in the articles is of any use to you.
And now, as I have promised last time (Winner’s Mind. Who are you?), let’s talk about SMART goals.
SMART technology is a modern approach to set the goals.
This system allows to generalise all the information, set the timescale for the work, define the availability of resources, and provide all the process participants with the clear and defined tasks.
SMART is an abbreviation for Specific (simple, sensible, significant), Measurable (meaningful, motivating), Achievable (agreed, attainable), Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based), Time-bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive). It becomes obvious that all of the letters can stand for various meanings. However, every letter from SMART means the criteria of the goals effectiveness. Let’s talk about each of them individually.
The goal according to SMART has to be specific in order to increase the possibility of achievement. The term “Specific” means that while setting the goal – a result you want to achieve, has defined. The following questions can help to shape the specific goal:
- What result do I want to achieve and why?
- Who is involved?
- What are the limitations and other conditions, which are necessary to meet the goal?
There is the golden rule: one goal is one result. If while setting the goal you understand that you have to achieve several results, then the goal has to be split up.
A SMART goal has to be measurable. At the setting the goal stage, it is necessary to set the concrete criteria for measuring the process of goal achieving. In order to set the measurable goal you can use the following questions:
- When can it be counted that the goal has been achieved?
- What indicator signifies that the goal has been achieved?
- What value of the indicator signifies that the goal has been achieved?
Achievable or Attainable
The goals according to SMART have to be achievable as the more realistic task is – the higher motivation of the executive is. If the goal is unachievable, the possibility of its completion will go to 0. The attainment of the goal is measured based on the own experience, taking into account all the available resources and limitations.
The possible limitations are: temporary resources, investments, labour resources, knowledge and experience, access to the information and resources, opportunity to make the decisions and availability of the managerial levers.
To measure the value of a goal, it is important to realise what impact the problem solve will bring to the global tasks achievement.
To set the significant goal, use the following question:
- What are the advantages of coming after the tasks solved?
If there are no advantages from the completion of the tasks, the goal is useless and a waste of resources available.
A SMART goal has to be limited in time. It means that the completion date has to be molded in carstine. If the goal has been finished after the completion date, the goal is failed. Setting up the time scale and limitations for meeting the goal allows to make the process controlled. It is important to remember that the time scale has to be chosen to make the completion possible.
Summing up all the above, conclude, the right goal setting leads to increase of your level of motivation, helps you to understand if the goal is really for you whether it is a waste of resources, develop your skills, and gives you the chance to see the way to achieve your goals-wishes.
Wish you all the best and see you next time.