Come to think of it, the game of football would be very meaningless and uninteresting if there were no goal posts to score goals. It would have been characterised by goal-lessness (no winning), aimlessness (no direction) and disorderliness (confusion). Therefore, goal setting is to everyone what a goal post is in the game of football.
“Goals are dreams with a deadline.”
A goal is something important to you that you hope to achieve, it is a result toward which effort is directed. According to Brian Tracy, “Goals are the fuel of the furnace of achievement.” Goals are dreams with a deadline.
Goal setting, therefore, is the process of identifying what (Aim & Objectives) you dream to achieve, how (Strategy & Tactics) you want to achieve it and when (Timeline & Priorities) you want to achieve it.
Why Goal Setting?
- It inspires action
- It triggers planning
- It produces focus
- It creates huge value & return on investment of time, energy, resource, etc
“The first two letters of the word ‘goal’ are go. That’s exactly what our goals should do for us, get us going.”
Types Of Goals
1. Short Term Goals
Goals planned to be achieved within a short duration of time. E.g. daily goals, weekly goals or monthly goals. Short term goals always lead to long-term success.
2. Long Term Goals
Goals planned to be achieved over a long duration of time. E.g. 1-year, 3-year, 5-year goals and so on.
Practical Steps to Goal Setting
- Write down your goals
- Break the goals down into smaller executable tasks
- Prioritise each goal and take the corresponding action to execute them
- Review your goals preferably at the end of each day to keep track of progress
The first two letters of the word ‘goal’ are go. That’s exactly what our goals should do for us, get us going. No goals, No go!
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