Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Jul 2018 12:40:08


By dr sana mahewish,

We human beings have unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life and ability to establish and set goals to live out those dreams. We all dream of better financial, emotional, spiritual or physical lives. We have been given the ability to not only dream, but pursue those dreams and not just pursue them, but the cognitive ability to lay out a plan and strategies to achieve those dreams.

Most people start goal setting by thinking about all the things they want to achieve in their life. But goal setting is much more than simply thinking about your dreams. Have you ever thought, why some of your goals didn’t realized in past? Take some time right now to reflect on why your past New Year Resolutions you never saw through to the end. One study by Statistic Brain Research Institute in 2017 claimed that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals, while 92% end up in failure. Here are reasons why goal setting doesn’t work for most of the people.

No specific written goals: According to a study done by Gail Matthews at Dominican University, those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals. From this it is clear that people who don’t write their goals are unlikely to achieve it. For you to achieve your goal, take out at least fifteen minutes to document your specific goals on a piece of paper or on computer where you can see it frequently. By doing this you are giving clarity to your brain about what exactly you want.

No commitment: You need to ask yourself, whether you are interested in achieving your goals or are you committed towards your goals. There’s a difference between interested and committed. When you are interested in achieving your goals, you do what is convenient, you form stories, give excuses for not been able to achieve the goals, you blame others for not providing the resources. But when you are committed to your goals, you find ways and means to achieve it. You will upgrade your knowledge, your skills to achieve those goals.

No Clear Strategy: Many people have goals but do not have clear strategy how to achieve the goals. Think what you can do and how you will achieve your goal. Write down 3 strategies to reach your goal. Don’t over warm your brain by a long list. This will provide proper plan of action to achieve your goal. Let’s say your goal is to lose 10 kg weight in next three months. Then you can frame 3 strategies like a) Daily exercise for 2 hours at 6 am 2) Quit unhealthy food 3) Switch to healthy diet plan for next three months. Now, you have a specific goal with three specific strategies how you can achieve that goal.

No clear deadlines: Goals without deadlines are just dreams. Every goals should have a timeframe attached to it. People set goals but fail to fix clear deadlines. They don’t know when to expect the result. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end, a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. When you have a clear deadline and as time goes by, you work on it because you don’t want to get behind, and you work diligently because you want to meet the deadline.

No Accountability: When you don’t know, what will be the consequences if you don’t achieve your goal, how negatively it will impact you, your wife, your children, your family, your employees, your business etc., chances are high that your goal setting will not work for you. To be accountable you need to know the consequences for not achieving your goals. Make small list of how it will affect you and others, come up with things that really stir your emotions to get the goal done. If you don’t have emotional reason why you must achieve your goals, there will be less chances you will achieve them. Another way of being accountable is to have an accountable partner, may be a friend or a spouse who will keep you accountable on a daily or weekly basis, motivates you to get results.

So, next time whenever you set goal make sure you write them down, be committed to your goals, come up with strategies how to achieve it, fix a deadline to it and lastly be accountable.

An American Novelist Mark Twain has rightly said, “To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the "what is next", of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.”
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