A goal is a desired result or possible outcome that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people or organizations endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines. Goals may involve:
• Developing a new skill or improving current skills.
• Beating old habits, or developing better ones.
• Producing an outcome, achieving a dream.
Each of these types of goals are treated differently – some are short term, others are medium or long term, some have a clear direction, others may have a difficult way and some are naturally easier than others.
• Long Term/ Milestone Goals – A long-term goal is something you want to achieve in the future. Long-term goals require time and planning. These goals are typically not achievable in one simple step, they are not something you can do this week or even this year – there is a journey to be taken to get there.
• Medium Term/ Intermediate Goals – Medium-term goals are set to be achieved somewhere between a person’s short-term goals and his long-term goals. These are the series of goals that will take you to your destination.
• Short Term/ Mini Goals – A short-term goal is something you want to achieve soon. Short-term goals can lead to big accomplishments in your life and career. Short-term goals can help you manage your time.
• To take control of your life
• To focus on important things
• To make good decisions
• To finish the task efficiently
• To be self confident & enthusiastic
• To make progress
• To be closer to success
“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
SMART is a best practice framework for setting goals. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. In other words, in the goal setting process make sure you use the SMART outline.
o S – Specific : Is the goal specific enough for clarity?
o M – Measurable : Is there a way to measure the goal? In other words, how do you know you have achieved the goal?
o A – Attainable : Is the goal truly attainable? Or is it such outlandish that it looks good on paper but is nearly impossible to complete.
o R – Realistic : Did you write the goal realistically? For example, did you address all the challenges of completing the goal and provide the necessary resources.
o T – Time-Bound : Is there a timeline associated with the goal to ensure a completion date?
Develop a plan of action
Track – Track your milestone to ensure you are on Track- If you are… GREAT!!! if you are not, re-set realistic time limits.
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”