In today’s Digital Age we have become more connected, access to information is more easily and freely available than ever before and we’re able to learn new skills and pick up new hobbies which we could have only have dreamed of a few decades ago. Yet, there is a large part of our society where people feel unfulfilled and are living day-to-day with no aims or goals in place for their lives.
The advent of Social Media has compounded this issue, leading us to spending hours and hours on consuming content which is created purely for entertainment purposes or to drive traffic to websites of content creators. Consider this; we spend 11 minutes a day on YouTube alone per day, that is around 70 hours a week according to Hootsuite and more than 2.45 Billion people across the globe log into Facebook as active users according to Sproutsocial each year.
We want to help our readers re-direct this time and energy improve themselves and achieving their goals by providing insightful content on Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance and Growth and Travel Advice. At the core of achieving your goals is appreciating the need to better plan your life and goals in the first instance.
Within this article we will highlight and discuss the following to help you achieve your goals:
- Why it is important to have goals?
- What type of goals should you set?
- How to execute your plan
Why is it important to have goals?
If you were to travel by land from London in the United Kingdom to Osaka in Japan would you start the journey and then figure out how you will get there as you go? Or would you sit down and plan out which mode of travel you will take, where you will stop on the way, how you will sustain yourself in terms of finances and food and what you will need for the journey?
Depending on how you answer the above question could be an indication of how you live your life. Whether you have set your self live goals or whether you live day-by-day.
Life is similar to the travelling journey described above and regardless of what your objectives or destination in life is, it is most beneficial to you and those that are close to you and dependent on you that you sit down and plan out your journey. This will be saving time, money and whole lot of heartache in advance than if you were to dive in headfirst.
What are goals?
The Meriam Webster dictionary describes a goal as ‘the end toward which effort is directed’. You probably have created goals in the past, most likely when you were in school or college and you were planning for your exams. Unfortunately, a lot of us can make the mistake of not continuing to make plans and set goals in our post-education stage. The sooner you create a plan with several goals, the better.
The first step in any plan is to have a set number of goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based, in other words SMART goals, to provide you with a limited list of focussed goals to work towards.
From having spoken to high-achieving individuals including business owners, public speakers, CEOs of large companies to team leaders in business, programmers and scientists we have noticed the common thread which binds them all which is that they all have a list of goals either in mind or written out and printed off. In short, this very simple act is what differentiates the winners from the losers. Because regardless of how intelligent or talented you are if you do not have goals and a plan in place, you will not achieve success in your chosen pursuit.
How to break-down your goals
So now that we’ve discovered the benefits of setting goals for your life, you need to bring your goals to live by writing them down. When writing your goals, make sure to categorise them into the following categories:
- Short term goals (6 months – 1 year)
- Medium term goals (2-5 years)
- Long term (5-10 years).
Try to keep your objectives to five or 10 goals if you can, you don’t want a list of 30 goals to work to as this will reduce focus and lead to you chasing too many goals including ones which are not crucial to success.
Example goal: learn HTML and CSS coding.
This is the goal, but to achieve this you need to then add an action and a date to achieve this. So, for example the action for the above goal would be to pay for a course on Udemy and follow the course for 1-2 week. The time period would be a deadline of March 30th, 2020 to achieve this goal.
Next, you can then further categorise them into either Social, Personal, Economic. This will ensure that you have a balance plan and are not focussing on one aspect of your life at the expense of other parts.
How to execute your plan
Next, visualise you achieving your goals. This sounds cheesy and very over the top but believe us this works and it will help drive your awareness of your goals.
Let us say that one of your goal medium term goals is to go to university and study Computer Science. Imagine yourself graduating with a 1st or 2.1 in your course 3 years from now and imagine your graduation day surrounded by all your friends and family. Now let’s forward to 2 years from after you graduate and imagine yourself working in Google as a programmer, working for one of the world’s biggest and most respected brands able to earn a great salary and enabling you to live comfortably and able to do the things you love with your new found financial freedom. Doesn’t that sound great!
So in conclusion; we must first appreciate the need for us to set intelligent goals to achieve them, we must write them down and bring them to live, we must then write down the actions required to achieve each goal and finally we must act on these actions and visualise success to help motivate us time and time again.