Monday, 23 July 2012

“Set Your Goals” - Professor M.S.Rao

"Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realize your vision." -- Bob Proctor

To achieve big in your life you must learn to set your goals. Without goals it is tough to achieve success whatever the field you are into. That is one of the reasons goal setting is taught not only to students in educational institutions but also to employees in their corporate training programs.

There are many people having a lot of fire in their bellies, and to fulfill them, they must learn the art of goal-setting.  We will discuss about the importance of goal-setting first. Setting goals helps you stay focused on your activities.  It helps you prioritize your activities. It helps you manage your time effectively as you remove unwanted and irrelevant activities during the accomplishment of your goals. It removes negative thoughts from your mind and replaces with positive thoughts. Research shows that human beings get around 55,000 thoughts in a day and mostly they get negative thoughts. Once they focus on goals they don’t find time to think of negative activities as they are busy with their goals. Above all, goals provide you inspiration and meaning to your life. Highlighting the importance of goals, Catherine Pulsifer said, “Goals give you a compass in order to direct your path through life. Goals focus your thoughts and actions on areas that have precise purpose and meaning.”

You must have clarity of mind first to set your goals. There should not be any contradiction while setting your goals.  You need to set both short term and long term goals, and make sure that they are properly aligned.  The reason behind setting short term and long term goals is that if there are any failures in accomplishing your short term goals your long terms goals will motivate you and put you back on track.  Charles C. Noble once said, “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated short term failures.”  At the same time your long term goals show you long term vision.  M.V. Kamath said, “You need to set up long-term goals… You can then go on to achieving the short-term objectives. If you go headlong into the short-term without planning for the long term, it won’t happen.”

While setting goals you must follow SMART strategy where SMART is the acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, reachable, and time bound.  Whatever the goals you set, you must be clear, and must be in a position to achieve to avoid getting dejected in the long run. To ensure effective execution of your goals, you must write down your goals as inking is more effective than thinking.  

After setting your goals you must work hard constantly to achieve your goals.  You will often find external threats that prevent you from reaching your goals. You must take feedback constantly and align yourself constantly towards accomplishing your goals. Often people change their goals which is a major mistake. Confucius rightly said, "When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."   Hence, you need to change the strategies to reach your goals rather than changing the goals. If you follow this strategy you will definitely achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life as nothing is impossible for human beings.

"Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come."-Og Mandino

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