Goals are the single most important aspect to make you successful in the corporate world. Actually goal setting is everywhere, we just call it different names. Crossing the street, negotiating a contract and making dinner all depend on being able to set and achieve goals. The question is, how to achieve your goals successfully and with minimal effort.
How to Achieve Your Goals – But Really Achieve Them
Most experts will tell you that to be able to achieve your goals you will need to do 3 things: Set goals correctly, follow through on the goals you set and evaluate your efforts. However there are a few “minor” aspect or qualities one must develop that are essential to be able to fulfill the 3 factors mentioned above.
Setting Goals or SMART Goal Setting
You’ve probably heard of setting “SMART goals” (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) Read about them here or on Wikipedia. Setting goals is like laying the foundation for your house, it must be solid and so should be you goals. On top of being SMART goals, you must also believe in your goals. The goals you set should also come from the heart, these should be things that you really want, or in other words you must have the understanding that you need them to succeed. The purpose of setting goals is to make sure that you take charge of the task or event that you are planning and on the greater scheme of things be able to take charge of your professional and personal life.
How to Achieve Your Goals or Getting Things Really Done
The question here is how to achieve your goals in practice, once all the smart words and tactics have been read and used. Here’s the keyword you need to remember: Persuasion. To achieve your goals you need to learn to persuade yourself and others and here are a few points to get you started:
- People are more likely to believe and follow an expert. Meaning if you read something in a book you are more likely to believe and use it than if you heard the same thing from a friend. This is why self-help books are actually useful, even if you’re reading them consciously to help yourself understand how to achieve your goals. Use this knowledge when presenting or arguing, use facts and figures from experts instead of “gut feeling” explanations.
- People don’t pursue their goals because they are afraid of failure, build your own confidence and persuade others to believe that you know what you’re talking about.
- Use an active voice to set your goals and objectives. When trying to achieve something use action verbs at the beginning of your sentences.
- Be persuasive, describe and demonstrate what success will look like once what your are arguing or negotiating for is achieved, paint a positive, beneficial and realistic picture for yourself and others.
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Evaluating Your Work
Set dates and deadlines for evaluating and reviewing your progress, how are you doing in terms of achieving your goals? Do an analysis of your progress, assess what and who is keeping you from achieving your goals. Look at your goals again and re-evaluate how to achieve your goals by first re-evaluating the goals themselves and then by looking at the ways in which you have been working towards actualizing them. An event evaluation form is one of the most important forms to use on a regular basis to evaluate progress.
Goal setting can be a very powerful and positive experience when done correctly, when you think about how to achieve your goals think outside the box, think about all the factors that will influence your goal setting process as well as the process in which you will engage on the way to achieve your goals. Don’t underestimate the influence of your environment on your ability to achieve your goals and focus on ways to influence those around you so that they are “working” to actually help you achieve your goals.
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