Whether because of the always hurried routine, or even because of the stories we usually tell ourselves, the fact is that we leave the goals in the background.
And we are not just talking about your achievements, but about setting goals. Whether personal or professional.
The importance of this elaboration and the knowledge of what you are looking for is fundamental. Primarily because putting a goal in perspective helps you to be motivated. In addition, it paves the way to success – be it in the short, medium or long term.
How about finding out how to set goals and, mainly, how to achieve them? In this article, we will talk about it all. Good reading!
What are goals and what is the importance of setting them?
Not knowing the path you want to take can give you the feeling that you are not lost. It turns out, in parallel, you will never have a destination to reach. And for many, this can be a great synonym for being lost.
Which leads us to ask: how are your goals going? Stagnant, imprecise or on the way to its completion? We ask why it is by setting these goals that you go, step by step, on the right path to your achievements.
To help you understand what goals are and how important it is to have them defined in your life, we have separated some good examples of this!
Examples of personal goals
- Slimming down body weight, when excess has resulted in harmful effects on the body – or when you have stopped feeling good about your appearance;
- Take a trip – national or international – that you have been postponing for several reasons and for a long time;
- Buying a property or car, when you believe it is time to purchase one – or both.
- Make a beautiful wedding party;
- Establish economic goals to save continuously is to fulfill objectivesin the short, medium or long term.
Of course, there are also other types of goals, as we will see below!
Examples of professional goals
- Win the first job;
- Conduct professional training courses;
- Target (and achieve) a promotion in your current job;
- Develop your leadership;
- Increase your networking;
- Set up your own business;
- Change directions in your career.
In other words: goals are the small achievements that you aim for, and that you can achieve them by establishing your identification. And then, building an action plan .
First, you need to understand how you can take that first step and get closer to your goals!
How to set goals using techniques and tools?
Several techniques, tools and actions can be devised so that you can continuously approach your goals. It is worth emphasizing, however, that one of them stands out widely. And that goes for both diagnosing and pursuing your personal or professional goals.
This is the definition of SMART goals and, below, we will understand how it works!
What are SMART goals?
The term is an acronym, in fact, that preaches the use of some important qualities for the definition of goals:
- S – smart, or specific;
- M – measurable, or measurable;
- A – achievable, or achievable;
- R – relevant, or relevant;
- T— time bound, or ending.
Let’s explain briefly how this applies to your goal setting. Starting with the specificity of the project: it is important that you understand what you want (say, for example, a promotion within the company where you currently work).
In the personal example, let’s ask the question of buying a car. Know, therefore, which model (and its cost) and when you intend to achieve this great goal. So, you have the main data in hand to contemplate the best action plan in the future.
Then, the measurable part comes in. In other words: time to put the cost of the car on paper, the period you will save to buy it, or even the position you want to occupy and the time needed to complete it.
Remember, too, that goals must be achievable. Who doesn’t have a penny saved, for example, can’t set goals to buy a property overnight. It is important to set attainable, real goals that can be fragmented so that you reach the main objective little by little, constantly motivating yourself.
We now enter the question of the relevance of SMART goals: how much do these goals matter to you, and how much did you just draw them to prove a point, or why didn’t you think of something more ambitious or related to your profile?
The importance of this is evident: the more your goals are aligned with your real desires, the more motivation you will inspire to achieve it. Otherwise, it is possible that you will pursue them without much purpose or mission in life, and then it is easy to lose concentration and focus on your achievement.
Finally, we come to the T for SMART goals: the deadline to reach your goal. Stipulate it, that it is long term. To do this, have smaller goals that will help you stay focused, as we said earlier. Don’t be shaken by the longevity of a project. If it is something you really want, you will find inspiration and a willingness to move forward, goal by goal, achievement after achievement.
Do you have what you need to achieve your goals?
Did you see how goal setting is an essential part of achieving any of your personal and professional goals?
Think of them as drawing a map for small (or grand) treasures for you to climb the steps of your success. Thus, it is possible to continuously seek to change habits that prevent you from going further, in your own ambitions, and seek more and more continuously. And with success!
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