When we know what goals to set (which most of us do or at least have an idea of), the next step is to set them in a way that the chances of achieving them are higher.
In this article we are going to talk about one proven way of achieving our dreams and four check points to be aware of while achieving these goals
Once you have your goals set in each of the 6 areas of life (mentioned in my previous article) , now is the time to frame those goals in a SMART way.
Specific – Write out clear, concise goals.
Measurable – Make sure the goals are trackable.
Achievable - Did you or anyone else achieve such goals in the past? Set challenging yet achievable goals.
Relevant – Is the goal that you are setting in alignment with your over all life? (Example: If you are pregnant, weight loss may not be an ideal goal).
Time Based – Set a start and stop time for your goal.
Check Points for Success:
Small Goals: Break each goal into smaller goals. For example, if your goal is to get to ‘x’ kgs (say, 60 kgs) and maybe as of now you are 65 kgs. Set smaller goals as to what you will achieve by the end of each quarter or even every two months.
Baby Steps: Get real about what you can do every single day about achieving your goal. Example: How many times a week do you have to exercise? What exercises? What should be your daily calorie intake?
Mind the Gap: Say by the end of the year you lost 3 kgs. Are you going to be sad that you didn’t lose 5 kgs or happy that you are only 2 kgs away from your ideal weight? Let’s remember that the goals we are setting are nothing but our personal desires/ fantasies and there is no proven way to tell in advance whether we will be able to achieve it or not. Sometimes we over-estimate what we can achieve in a year. So, it’s absolutely OK if we don’t achieve our goal as long as we are driven and moving forward in that direction.
Write it Down: Research shows that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down (as per a study done by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University of California). How powerful is that? Additionally, look at these written goals daily. This keeps your priority at the top of your mind.