EASY STEPS TO WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS
A great man once said that a goal is just a dream until it is inked (written down). In saying this, he meant that the major difference between a dream and a goal is in writing it down. When God almighty was about to give Moses the ten commandment, he told him to write it down so that the children of Israel could always read it and go back to reread it. What if Moses had not written the Ten Commandments, would we have seen it today? That is a capital NO. Goals kept in your mind are just dreams that might never be fulfilled.
Let’s take a case study of a woman that wants to go to the market to get provision for her family because there would be a three day holiday and the whole family would be home. She goes to the market with a mental picture of what she wants to buy in her brain; it’s evident that no matter how brilliant she is, she would forget either an item or provision. It’s not that she is not determined, focused, or what she wanted to buy was not realistic or achievable. It’s just the simple fact that after planning, she refused to write down her plans. Taking her biro and writing down her goals in a short piece of paper could have been a magic to getting all she wanted to get. This is how Goal setting works.
HOW TO WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
- Think, think and think.
- What do u really wants to achieve, what you have been dreaming of achieving.
- Carry a pen and a book, diary or a neat piece of paper. It could also be your laptop and write down or type down all your thoughts.
- Remember that in the last edition, we discussed that there are nine key areas where goal setting is applicable.
- It is always preferable that you write your goals down so that they could always be within your reach. You could also print out the typed goals.
- After writing these goals, Think again. Why do you really want to achieve these goals, and then add more details to each goal?
- Ask yourself this questions
- Is the goal realistic, reliable and reasonable?
- Is the goal achievable, ambitious, accountable, appreciable and attainable?
- Is the goal specific, significant and simple?
- Is the goal measurable, meaningful and manageable?
- Is the goal time bound, tangible, time-framed and time tabled?
- Is the goal explicit, explainable, exciting and engage-able?
- Deliberate if the goal would be a long term goal or a short term goal. There should be a date of expiry for the goals. This answers when the goal would be achieved.
- A goal must not contradict another goal. For example a student that wants to have 1st class and he has decided to give 60% of his time on business would find it hard to achieve that aim of having a 1st class because putting about 30% of your time on your studies cannot give you a 1st class.
- How do you want to achieve these goals? Be creative and put your thinking imagination to work again.
- What methods and techniques would you use to achieve these goals?
- Do I know this methods and techniques, or do I still need to learn them?
- What skills do you require to achieve such goals?
- Do I have these skills?
- If yes, how do I intend to use these skills to achieve my goals? If no, how do I intend to learn these skills?
- What level of determination and action would you need to put in to achieve such goals?
- What plans do you have on ground?
- How many percent of your time would these goals take from you?
Write down all the answers to these questions under the goals which would bring you to another step of action and this would also bring out new goals
- Rewrite everything again, fixing in the answers to this question.
- Then separate the long term goals from the short term goals.
- The goals that would take a long time should be broken down into simpler bits and the short term goals should be separated and written down somewhere else.
- Give yourself deadlines for both the short term and long term goals.
- Paste these goals in a corner of your room, office or car. Ensure it is somewhere you can see it every day.
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written by Seun Emmanuel Alaofin (SEA).