Welcome to 2014. This is wishing you a happy new year.
I want to specially appreciate you all for taking out time to read all the articles on this blog throughout last year. We’re in for the most exciting times again this year.
Anything that has a beginning must surely have an end. For every race, there’s an end line. I believe all of us have gone to the drawing board and drawn out our goals for the year and the plans to achieve these goals. If you haven’t done so, you have to do that now.
One thing that can help you in the realization of your goals this year is to have the end in view. Where do you see yourself at the end of each month, end of each quarter and ultimately at the end of the year? If you don’t have the blue print of where you want to end this year, you’ll never know when you get there. Also, when you don’t have the end in view, distraction, confusion, desperation and the likes can set in to deter you from achieving your goals. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
Personally, I took stock of the year 2013 and I realized that one of the most important things I did right (I did some things wrong though) was to write down my goals and plan how to achieve them. I must say here that I didn’t achieve all d goals for 2013 but most of them were realized.
A colleague of mine walked up to me in the office some weeks ago and asked how he can go about with writing out his goals and achieving them. Then, it dawned on me that a lot of people still find it difficult in this area. While I will not deceive you that it is an easy task to write down your goals, I must say that it can be one of the easiest thing for you to do if you can master the art of goal setting.
You can follow these simple steps in setting/writing your goals:
1. Break your goals into different aspects of life- Spiritual, Financial, Social/Family, Career/Business, Mental/Personal Development, Physical etc. This will simplify your setting of goals and will in turn simplify your life.
2. Break your goals into short, medium and long term goals. For example, you can say the goal for the year is long term for you, 6 months goal can be medium term and monthly goals can be short term. A short term goal can be 1-2 years, medium: 5 years and long term: 15-20 years. You have the prerogative to decide which is a short, medium or long-term goal to you.
3. Be S.M.A.R.T. when you’re setting your goals. Be SPECIFIC on what you want to get done. Set standards for it to be MEASURABLE and know the progress you’re making. Let it be something that is ATTAINABLE, don’t deceive yourself. It must be RELEVANT (to your value/belief system, your purpose). Lastly, your goals must be TIME-BOUND (1 month, 6 months, 1 year, or whatever time line you have set for its realization). A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Conclusively, please note that the process of setting/writing of goals is mind-tasking and time-consuming, but it is worth it at the end. Follow a straight course in 2014 and make room for flexibility and dynamism.
Have a most fruitful and productive 2014.
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