I receive weekly emails from people around the world regarding how to pursue dreams and goals that people have for their lives. And although everyone means well with respect to the particular goal or idea that one would like to pursue; whether starting your own work from home business, being your own entrepreneur, losing weight with specific weight loss goals, or going back to school in earning your degree for your college planning pursuits, there is a big void between the "idea" and the steps you need to take to make it happen.
There-in is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Otherwise you will always be undecided in everything due to the lack of focus, drive or specificity of your aspirations and goals in life.
About me, I have been helping private individuals and business entities develop strategic goals and objectives for over 12 years now, and the one central theme that is common with everyone is developing a plan that is not only realistic but that is achievable as well.
Your goal or objective must be specific in terms of your objective. In other words, to say your goal is to lose weight is about as meaningless and unrealistic as your wanting to become a brain surgeon. OK, great you want to lose weight-I get it, but how much weight and by what time frame do you hope to achieve your objectives? Maybe you want to lose 30 pounds-that is specific, now develop a plan for keeping you on track in losing those 30 pounds.
With the losing weight objective mentioned above, how will you be able to measure your goal achievement process? What steps will you take to ensure what you set out to accomplish, you can actually measure? Think about it. Get on the scale once a week to see if you are losing weight? Increase the number of miles you attempt to run or walk per day or per week? These are measurable, you can quantify miles run, or walked, you can quantify something than cannot be tracked or measured.
Is your objective even achievable? Again with the weight loss example, maybe your goal is to lose 30 pounds but you want to make sure you can achieve your objective. If there is anything more disheartening and discouraging for people is to set the goal achievement bar way too high, thereby causing you to lose interest altogether because you did not accomplish what you set out to do. It is far better to take “baby steps” in the goal objective process, by making your objectives realistic in achieving thereby motivating you even further to set more loftier goals, then setting unrealistic expectations which will only kill your enthusiasm and shatter your self-esteem.
Again, you need to make sure your goal is realistic not only in terms of the steps you take in the process, but more importantly, yield the results you want to see as an end result. Is it far better to lose 30 pounds over a 3 month period of time, 6 months or even 12 months? Maybe your goal is to train for a 26.2 marathon which takes considerable time, effort and training well before you even attempt to run your first mile.
If you’ve never run before, and are trying to lose 30 pounds to run your first marathon, maybe your first goal would be to lose the 30 pounds over a 12 month period of time. Then embark on the 2nd year to start your marathon training.
Lastly, all goals and objective should be completed with an end date in mind. All corporate businesses, non-profits and other multi-national organizations operate this way. Whether you are trying to raise awareness about a cause such as breast cancer or fund raising, you have to have a timeline by which you want to accomplish X, Y, and Z. Remember, how-to-succeed in life begins with developing a SMART plan, and having the hope and faith in God and in your God given abilities to achieve your heart’s desire for your life.