The Power of Goal Settings

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” —Michael Korda

Goals are dreams with a timeline. Most successful people have Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound (SMART) goals, which are written down and worked upon every day.

Having a big dream is good! Your big dream has to be broken down into small goals. Your goals are the milestones towards your dreams. By setting easy goals you are underestimating yourself. Your goals must be big enough to stretch you and be capable of taking you to a new level of success.

Have you ever made a list of priorities in life? Do you really know what you want from life? If you haven’t, it may surprise you to know that deciding what you want is often the first and the most important step to getting it. The intensity of your desire determines the probability of its happening.

When you break down your dream and set a timeline to achieve it, it becomes a goal. No one is ready for anything until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be that of complete faith, not mere hope or wish.

Our brain is a goal-seeking organism. In fact, scientists now know that the brain uses its own

Reticular Activating System (RAS) to filter through the millions of images, sounds, impressions. When you decide what you want, you instruct the brain to start looking for information, resources, opportunities and other ways to achieve the ‘want’ that you’ve identified.

Success is a matter of choice. If we have enough strong reasons, there is nothing that we cannot do. Once we have a good reason to do something, we will surely find ways to do it.

For goals to work, you must:

  1. Write them down on a big poster. Clear and vivid images of your goals are important.
  2. Reflect upon it every night before you sleep
  3. Break down your goal into small action steps
  4. Take at least one step every day, however small it is towards your goal
  5. Never give up on your goals, even if all odds are against you
  6. Celebrate your little achievements as an encouragement towards your larger goal

If we observe the career graph of successful people, we shall find that a goal in life plays an equally important role as the journey of life. Having a goal in life is journey half covered — the rest is all hard work, tenacity, persistence, and perseverance.

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