Set high goals, work hard at achieving them and follow your dreams…

Everyone desires to be successful, attaining heights that friends, loved ones and parents can be proud of. Everyone has big dreams but in order to achieve them, you must be determined to gain knowledge and skills, have positive attitude about yourself, and work towards your goals in life.

Goals are the things we want to achieve in life towards which we direct our efforts. They may include the course we intend to study, the career we intend to pursue, the grades we intend to achieve or the promotion we aim to get at work. Whatever the goal may be, it is important to learn the art of goal setting.

Goal setting is an important life skill, one that can be used to acquire more skills and achieve a lot with much less effort. Goal setting enables you to plan what you want to achieve in life. Its importance cannot be overemphasized. It motivates you in the short term while helping you to pursue the long-term plans. It serves readily as the basis to help one manage life and organize resources. By setting clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in your accomplishments when you achieve your set goals.

Let’s take a look at some important tips for goal setting…

Write down your goals. The first step to setting goals is writing them down. This act increases the possibility of achieving them.
Set a reasonable time limit for achieving the goal. “A goal is a dream with a deadline” – Napoleon Hill. There must be a time frame for your goals, else you’ll end up going round the same cycle without making a headway.
Work consistently to achieve each step. It takes commitment to set a goal but it takes consistency to achieve the goal. The best plan will fail without dedication and consistency. Consistency is the difference between failure and success. You have to keep pushing towards your goal else you’ll soon fall back and simply give up. Learn to go the extra mile to be successful.
Check progress by reviewing your activities. It is important to review your goals every day. It makes you focused on achieving them. This further buttresses the importance of writing down your goals.
Evaluate your progress once the goal has been achieved. Evaluating your goals helps you to learn from your mistakes, your stumbles and your losses. It helps you check what activities need to be improved upon and what habits you need to imbibe towards achieving other goals.
Know yourself and your capacity/capability. Know what you can achieve per time lest your goals overwhelm you. Learn to take small steps in order to reach your goals. Taking things one step at a time makes your goal easier to achieve.
Be determined. You will be faced with obstacles while trying to achieve your goals. Have a firm resolution to never give up. An example is being determined to finish secondary school and get a higher degree despite the financial obstacles. It may mean having to work harder than your peers in order to win a scholarship that will cater for your education.
Do not expect the achievement of the goal to be easy. Your goal should stretch you. Be prepared to take the rocky and uncomfortable path to achieving your goal. Whatever stretches you makes you better. Set high goals, work every day towards achieving them, and follow your dreams. A goal that you work hard to achieve is usually of more value.
Do not hesitate to look for help when required. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams and motivate you to be better. Make friends with people with willpower, spend time with at least one disciplined friend that will boost your motivation and help you maintain healthy habit. This is a great secret to success.
Congratulate yourself on a job well done by celebrating your little successes. Self-acknowledgement and appreciation are what give you insights to move forward towards achieving and accomplishing higher goals.

So, now that you’ve learnt a few tips for goal setting, get to work NOW and be sure that this principle can be applied to all areas of your life. Practicing this principle with determination and hard work can give meaning and direction to your life.