HOW TO SET YOUR GOALS
We all have goals or dreams we want to achieve irrespective of our age. There’s a famous quote by C. S. Lewis, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”, and it cannot be any more true. Age has no relation with our goals, whether you are in your 20s, 30s or even in your 70s, it is yet to be too late. Goals are all about our determination, enthusiasm, drive and how we set and plan our goals.
So, whether you are in your teens, mother of 3 or grandpa of dozens of kids, here is my extremely easy and effective 4 step method that I use to set my goals and it will help you too to conquer your dreams.
Note: The whole blog will be explained with the help of example which will be in the form of photo and text in italics.
Let’s get into it.
1. Realize/Brainstorming: Some of us already know what our goals are, but few of us may not know or are confused. So, let’s take a sheet of paper or even a journal will do the job, and write down all that you want to achieve and do in your life.
Just do brainstorming and jot down everything on the paper and leave some space (we will use this later) between each goal you have written. The sheet might be half filled or it may be totally packed with ridiculous goals which seems impossible and overwhelming at the moment, but trust me when I say, “It’s okay, you are not the only one. I’m in that list of people too”. In the words of Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”.
2. Age Labeling: Now, think thoroughly by what age you want to achieve each goal as you move forward in the process. Some goals may be short-term, while others got to be long term. You may want to achieve some of your goals in your 20s, while other goals may take longer time and would stretch to your 30s. Now, let’s utilize the space we left between each goal and write down the age by which we want to achieve those goals by their side.
3. Sort your goals as Short Term and Long Term: Short-Term goals are those goals which you have to accomplish in the next 5 years and you need to start working on it from now.
Similarly, Long Term goals are those goals which are not relevant for next 5 years and you don’t have to work on it from now on.
With age besides all your goals, you must have an idea which goals are long term and which goals are short term. So, sort all your goals in the category they lie.
4. What? How? When: Currently, we will focus and deal with the goals which lie under the banner of short-term goals and leave long term goals for later. So, now that we have the list of all the current goals, we ought to answer few questions in full detail for every goal of yours. In short, it is creating a plan for your goals.
Q: What you need to have to achieve your goals?
A: My goal is to start my company. To start a company, the main requirements are idea and capital, I already have an idea but I’m not sure how much money I need to pour into my company. After doing enough research (and holding a major in Business), I calculated the capital by adding up all the expenses that will incur in the future and investment, I need around £75,000 (scary, yet exciting big number).
Q: How are you going to achieve the above requirements?
A: I want to start my company by the end of June 2020. So, I have 12 months in hand. In these 12 months, I need to earn £75,000 which averages to £6250 per month excluding my expenses. This is one challenging giant number but it’s exciting too.
I also have to check all the available sources of raw materials, or do I need to import it, a small local factory to convert the raw material into desired finished goods, location for office and store. Jot down every miscellaneous thing you remember like paperwork, logo designing, website designing, hire people, etc.
Q: When are you going to work on it?
A: To establish a company, I need to start working on it from now. The most important and tough job is to earn and save £75,000 in a year, and I need to work on gathering capital from this month, while rest of the things mentioned latter can be done in the month of April or May.
Q: By when you need to achieve it?
A: The deadline for my goal in June 2020.
4. Goal Work and Schedule: This simply means will you work daily, biweekly, weekly or monthly towards your goals. I feel, majority of the time it is good to work towards our goals daily, just because it pushes us to work regularly, eventually leading us on the path of conquering them effectively.
Moving forward with the example, my main and major concern is to earn £6250 per month. So, if divide it by 30 days, I need to earn roughly £210 a day to make it £6250 by the end of the month.
So, that’s how I set my goals and I hope this will be useful for you guys too. Let me know in the comments below.