Youth is a critical moment. We choose our goals and path and walk on it. When we don’t have the ability to choose goals we walk on a path set by others. We follow the path which others want us to move on because they know we do not have any goals and neither do we know how to set them. The leaders, the institutions they all are failing us! WHY? In some cases, it is because they are bad or unethical, but often they fail to show us the right objectives. They only teach us to copy and follow without telling us how to set goals. And this is totally unacceptable in this rush life; this has to stop.
How are we going to correct these wrongs, how can we choose the right course? How can we set meaningful goals, the right goals for the right reasons? Many of us set the wrong goals, and most of us do not even set goals at all. No goal directly implies no direction in life, and you are completely lost in your life running in multiple directions. Imagine a large ship without a radar, where does it go? It goes nowhere. That’s what becomes of a person who doesn’t have goals. If you don’t have a goal in your life, then you do not have any direction. Your life is meaningless!
Why Setting Goals is Important!
Tony Robbins has said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”, and therefore you need to write and decide your goals. You can only achieve desirable success only if you are aware of what is the thing you want to be, your ideal future. It’s not that people without any goal do not work hard; they also work hard but not smart. They are running very hard but in multiple directions. Running without a direction is senseless? Isn’t it? Exactly that’s how we people run without even knowing where the finishing line is! Setting goals is the most important step done before commencing any sort of action. An action without a goal is like a ship without a radar. Know the finishing line, reach there and extend it futhur and furthur, that’s how you are going to achieve success that you desire.
What to do to set goals in a right way?
There is one thing you should answer, what is more important, doing the right things or doing things rightly? Let’s understand it, if you pick up a wrong thing no matter how right you are, continuing with the wrong thing, you will always reach the wrong place. So, what’s important is- to pick up the right thing and goals and then to continue doing them rightly. If you focus on the goal with full devotion, then success is bound to come, it will be the by-product of your focus and hard work. Like Lord Arjuna said in Bhagwat Geeta chapter two, verse 11, if your goals are the only thing you are focusing on, then success will surely become a by-product.
Why do we fail? Why do companies fail? It is because they lack a sense of purpose to inspire their teams. After all, you do not have the right path to move on. How do you set these goals the right way?
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before setting your goals or after deciding your goals.
Are your goals too vague and non-specific?
The reason behind this question is that maybe your goal is to get fit, now when you say that, do you mean as fit as a model, or Cristiano Ronaldo, or as fit as an athlete? How do you define it or is it just to be fit enough to walk up the stairs without feeling tired, or it is anything more or less, what exactly is your goal? Becoming more specific about your goals means you are more likely to understand how much planning is involved in terms of time and resources, and you are going to make it fit into your incredibly busy week. Goals should be as specific as possible.
Are your goals too grand to achievable?
Believe in your destiny and try to find out your potential and capabilities. Everyone knows how talented and potentially strong they are, never overestimate yourself and set high unachievable goals. Try to set goals that you can achieve in the next ten years, set sub-goals for that. Suppose, if you want to become a billionaire, then set a goal for at least ten years, give it time and have patience. Make sub-goals like, become a millionaire in the next five years and then think about further. Bill Gates defines it very beautifully,
People overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.Bill Gates
We always feel that we can make more significant changes quickly by impulsively acting rather than building blocks that will be a great foundation for future success. Make a digestible block of work and goals and try to build your building over them. This is how you will able to set goals and achieve your goals.
Do the right people surround you?
If for example, your goal is not to eat chocolates, then it won’t help if you work at a chocolate factory, live next to a chocolate manufacturer, or your best friend likes chocolates. These will not allow you to set your correct goal let alone follow them, and you will be getting back to zero again and again. It would help if you spent your time with people who have the same plans but also with people who have already achieved that goal and made it into a habit. Make a ratio of 80:20, respectively, to correctly set goals and accomplish your goals.
Are you aware of the little milestones that you need to incentivise you daily? Make sure you know about your milestones and making the right plan to accomplish that. Take help from your co-workers and your friends, who also share the same goals. This will let you come closer to your goals daily.
Remember, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
How to set goals?
1. Answer the question “WHY?”
Most of us combine our ambitions with our passion and our purpose—a compelling sense of why can be a Launchpad of our objectives. Objectives are significant, action-oriented, inspiring, and a kind of vaccine for fuzzy thinking. Think about the “why” of your goals. Then, think about the objectives which will take you to that goal and then boom! Stick to that objective; it will surely pay its value. Let’s understand it through example.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, took on an objective which was to build the next generation client platform for the future of web applications. In other words, create the best browser. How do you measure the best browser? It could be an ad click or engagement. NO, he said: numbers of users would decide if Chrome is a great browser or not. So, he had one three-year-long objective: to build the best browser. In the first year, his goal was 20 million users, but he failed, he only acquired 10 million. The second-year he raised the bar to 50 million, and he again he missed and reached 37 million users. Somewhat better. In the 3rd year, he upped the ante once more to a hundred million. He launched an aggressive marketing campaign, broader distribution, improved the technology and kaboom! He got 111 million users.
Can you answer why he got successful? The reason behind his success is that he stuck to his objectives and focused on the primary goal.
2. Plan your first step to set goals
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single first step. The first step is always the toughest. But, your journey to achieve your goals starts with the first step. Even if you don’t know how to start, start anyway!
Write your goals on paper and paste it on a wall: Write down your goals on a piece of paper and also subdivide it into sections or blocks that will become the foundation of your goals. Set goals wisely and then think about them patiently, think again and again and then write it on a piece of paper. Writing your goals down on a piece of paper makes them a focal point, and you exactly know where to hit the bow. And make sure, everything you do in your life becomes aligned with those areas. You have to make sure about what you want, what you are thinking about, and what you say are all inline that’s how to create harmony in our lives and reach our goals. Set goals for your future, not for your present.
3. Break your goal into sub-goals
What people want is to jump on to that grand vision directly, and while in between they lose motivation, and thus goal turns out to be just a wish. They do not want to detour from their grand vision to work on something a bit small. But, these detours from your grand goals or intermediate goals, are essential for helping you build the skillset that you need to execute on that more significant project.
When you reach subpart of your goals, then you deserve a party. Enjoy, thank everyone who has helped you to get down there. Let me share an experience with you all. At the age of eighteen, my weight about 97kg, I set a goal to lose my weight by almost 15kg in the next 3-4 months. So, to achieve my goal, I started working out, joined the gym, but to be honest, my goal wasn’t easy. My fantasy to eat burgers and fast-food was trying to sway me every time. But I didn’t flow and tried very hard to lose my weight and be fit. Next four months were not easy. I tried very hard and achieved my target. I got successful; then, I enjoyed my success. This was just a small goal of being fit but all the steps that I took were completed deligently with focus and purpose. These small things and goals teach you how to achieve and set bigger goals in life.
What action does your passion lead you to do? If your heart doesn’t find a perfect rhyme with your head, then your passion means nothing. That’s the reason behind the failure of many great leaders. If you do not have a goal, a target in life, then you are none above than any animal- if an animal gets food, he will be happy, a small need of a little creature! Do not become that tiny creature. Try to find the meaning of your life. Think about your life for a moment; do you have the right metrics? Take time to write down your values, your objectives and your key results. Do it today! It almost doesn’t matter what you know; execution is what matters the most.