Achieving Success With Goals

Achieving success with goals

By Jayaram V

One of the keys to achieving success is having clear and precise goals. A clearly defined goal is easier to pursue with focus and determination. It also helps you to measure your progress or performance. Successful people keep goals.

They prioritize them according to their needs and organize their lives and activities around them. They set goals because goals add structure, meaning and purpose to their lives and help them guard against negligence and sloth. By specifying them in clear terms, they precisely know what they need to do to achieve them.

Goals help you put your resources to efficient and effective use and complete your intended tasks and projects. Success itself means achieving desired results or goals, using appropriate means. If you want to achieve success in any field, you must have goals in life. Goals are not mere dreams and desires. They are more structured and organized and provide purpose, direction and clarity to your vision and actions.

Many people do not set goals. They lead aimless lives and open their future to chance and uncertainty. Goals help you to focus your mind and organize your life and actions around the most important ideals and aspirations, which you cherish. They do not let your life or career be pushed around by others or by chance. With their help, you can avoid being a mere cog in the wheels of life.

To achieve success in your life and lead a purpose driven life, you must build your life around a set of goals. You must choose them with discretion and foresight, and pursue them with systematic, organized, discipline and determined effort. Here are a few suggestions which can help you in this regard.

1. Know your purpose: Your goals cannot be detached from your life or vision. They must be clear, precise, relevant and meaningful to your life and actions. Before you set your goals, you need to know why you want to have them and what you intend to achieve through them, which means your goals must be defined in the backdrop of an ultimate purpose or a master goal. Translate your purpose into goals.

2. Set time limits: Time is an important factor in your life. It is also the most precious resource because it is limited. We live in an ever-changing world. The world will not slow down if we slow down. Your goals are also bound to time. They can become irrelevant or outdated with the passage of time. Therefore, you must always attach a time-limit to the goals your set and try to achieve them in that timeframe.

3. Be practical and reasonable: Your goals must be realistic, practice, reasonable and achievable. It means you must think and act like an adult, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, threats, opportunities, and limitations, keeping your emotions and irrational beliefs under control and using reason with wisdom and foresight. Use discretion and commonsense to set your goals and draw action plans to achieve them.

4. Be proactive: Even if you carefully plan your actions and take care of all possibilities and contingencies, still things can wrong. You must keep a close eye on your actions and progress, looking for problem areas that may stall your progress or consume your resources. Pay attention to details to detect anomalies and inconsistencies. Anticipate problems, needs and dependencies to prevent delays and difficulties.

5. Give your best: Your success is directly in proportion to the effort you put into any task. You cannot sit back and expect good results. Whether you are pursuing a small goal or a big goal, you have to put in your best effort, using the best of your talent, knowledge skills. You have to be effective and efficient. It also means that you have to hire the best talent, who can compensate for your shortcomings and weaknesses.

6. Keep yourself self-motivated: In the pursuit of your goals, you are bound to face failures and disappointments. At times, they can adversely affect your motivation, morale and enthusiasm. You may also face doubts and despair as you face criticism and negativity or conflicting opinions from others. To deal with it, you must constantly keep motivating yourself and refocus your mind upon your goals.

7. Begin what you finish: Once you set your mind upon a goal, you should not easily give up. Once you made up your mind and set your goals, stick to your plans and continue your effort. You may change your methods, adapt to situations, be flexible and open to new suggestions and ideas, but you should not take your focus away from the goals you intend to achieve. Be perseverant and persistent until the end.

Goal setting is the first step. It is like having a road map before you start you start your journey, but having a goal is not the same reaching it. That goal needs to be translated into reality through sustained and intelligent effort. You have to increase the possibility of it by doing what is necessary. Studies show that those who remember their goals are better motivated and disposed to achieve them. You can also make goal-setting a regular habit and an integral part of your thinking, by fixing goals for the important tasks you perform.

Many people forget their goals. In business organizations, the managers implement a review process to ensure that employees do not forget their goals or take them lightly. Similarly, in our personal lives we can have a self-review process. We can write down our goals and monitor our progress. Goals are the best way to organize your life and increase the chances of achieving success in your life.

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