Goals are objectives that we wish to accomplish. However, there are certain things to consider when setting goals and how to go about attaining your objectives.
There was a time when the heavenly bodies were just that, heavenly bodies. Scientists believed that the future was in the stars. To be able to study those burgeoning masses of gas and stone was thought to be the very pinnacle of the human race’s intelligence. But Rome wasn’t won in a day. Just as the stars change their course, human kind had to change and adapt its approach towards reaching these celestial bodies.
It was this change that allowed us to continue onto the path of discovery. Self-discovery is not so different. It is a journey that one has to undertake in order to come to terms with their inner self. To truly realize what your goals in life are, what you want to achieve and how you want to go about doing that, we need to have a clear plan of action in mind. But like all carefully laid-out plans tend to go awry, it is important to not think of your course as one set in stone.
Cease, Contemplate, Conceive
Before you decide on what you want to achieve, take a moment to consider it in its entirety. Is it what you really want? How will it affect you once you have achieved it? How will you go about achieving it? What resources do you have and what will you need?
Logistics aren’t the only factor to consider when contemplating an undertaking. So, before you decide to embark on your path, make sure that you have clearly thought out your plan and know what you want to achieve and how.
One Step at a Time
When in doubt, always go back to the drawing board. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable targets. Instead of creating a hot mess of things, lay out your goals in a series of milestones that will help you achieve your final target.
Familiarize yourself with the concepts of work packets. Treat each individual step with a holistic approach and measure your success in terms of milestones achieved.
Push Your Priorities
Smart allocation of time and resources is just as important, if not more, as the optimal utilization of these resources. Know how to set your priorities, and allot each task the value and time that it deserves. A well-laid brick leads to a strong and fortified wall, but an askew brick will weaken even the mightiest of walls.
Invest yourself in each aspect of the task. It is your plan. No one knows it better than you do. Know when to pull out the stops, but also when to put a cork in.
Be Flexible About Your Plans
BE FLEXIBLE! Rigidity is the death of creativity. Remember, even the most thoroughly thought-out plans do not guarantee success. Learn to accept and deal with setbacks. Learn from your mistakes and then redevise your plans and strategies. Plan mapped out with a pencil approach are much easier to modify or re-write than those in ink, or when etched in stone. There is more than one way to skin the rabbit, so always keep your options open. This does not mean that you do not believe in the soundness of your plans, but simply that you would rather be prepared than sorry if things do not go your way.