If you haven’t read part one, stop now and go back to read.
We all know that goals help us make the best out of life because in goal-setting, we can map out the detailed work that we need to put into each year of our lives in order to accomplish our lifetime goals.
Apart from a detailed action plan, goal setting also allows us to evaluate and manage the resources we have in order to acquire the resources we need to reach our targets. Here are a few items that need to be considered when setting goals.
Attitude. Attitude is probably the best indicator of whether a person will succeed or not. If you have had a history of sabotaging your chances at success then it is time to evaluate the beliefs you hold about yourself and of success. If you think you have problems in these areas, then consulting with a therapist would help you clear your blocks to success and get you started on achieving your goals without constantly putting the brakes on.
Time Management. Time is the only resource we can’t ever have more of, because of this it is imperative that to be successful, we need to make wise use of our time. Plan beforehand your priorities and decide which of your priorities would be at the top of your list and which could take a back seat at certain periods of your life. In other words, ask yourself how far you are willing to go to get what you want and to what extent will your sacrifices be (e.g. time away from friends or family).
Limitations. Lack of knowledge or skill required of your goal may be a limitation. If a certain goal requires you to acquire a degree or special lessons, properly plan or manage the time and resources you have to fulfill the requirement. Additionally, physical capabilities may come in the way of sport-related goals. Assess your capabilities earlier and find ways to get around such setbacks.
Financial Concerns. Some education you need for a goal might require you to shell out money. You may find yourself juggling work and school. Being able to manage your finances well to accommodate your needs will greatly impact the success you’ll achieve or the speed at which you will reach your goals. Come up with a realistic approach on earning the money you need and want and create stages to measure your progress.
Family Planning. Some people have always included having a family as a part of their lifetime goals. For those who fit the bill, it is important that they create a time frame on when they will start creating their own family or when they plan on being a parent. You should consider your emotional capacity to become a parent too.
Chill Time. To prevent burn-out, always remember to include recreation and chill time in your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly plans. The key is to strike a balance between work and relaxation. As they say, “All work and no play makes one a dull boy. All play and no work makes one a mere toy.”