Setting Goals

Setting Goals: Your only recipe for success

Setting Goals: Your only recipe for success

Goals are like signposts. As long as you can see these signposts, then you know you are heading in the right direction. When you set goals, you eliminate the possibility veering off the track and derailing into failure. When a train veers of the rails, the entire locomotive is derailed. Looking at the rails, one does not see anything special in them; just a solid mass of steel. But that simple mass of steel ensures that the train remains on course and that everyone on board reaches their destination safely and on time.

Goals are like rails. Without them, our claim to success will never find expression in reality. Just as a train must stay on the rails to complete the journey, our dreams, our ambitions, and our desires must find expression in goals that are clear, realistic and timely.

When we have well articulated and clearly defined goals, the journey towards success becomes lighter, even less tiring. This is because goals help us to (i) stay focused (ii) be realistic in our expectations (iii) gauge our progress (iv) avoid being overwhelmed (v) re-evaluate and redefine our strategy to ensure conformity and consistency with our objectives.

Stay focused
John Maxwell says “obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes off the goal”. How true! Every time you take your eyes away from the goal at hand, you will surely wander off into troubled waters. If you get to a point in your success journey where you can’t see your goal, you are definitely headed into failure territory.

Goals constantly remind us that there are tasks that need to be done, and within a particular time frame, for us to make progress. Without goals reminding us of where we are and what we are supposed to do to get where we ought to be, we will only be working hard and achieving nothing. Hard work, as Maxwell says, “is the accumulation of easy tasks you did not do when you should have”. The easy routine tasks that we sometimes ignore feeds into our success. Failure to perform these tasks will translate into failure.

Goals must be realistic
Goals must be firmly established upon unflinching reality. If you want to go to New York and you only have ten dollars, it would be foolhardy to start packing for your journey. The reality is that boarding a plane to New York from Nairobi costs more than 10 dollars! But you say, “I have faith in God”? Well, faith is not foolish, neither is it an emotion. No amount of goose bumps or frenzied hysteria will take you to New York on ten dollars. Be real or you will miss the deal.

Goals are yardsticks
Like yardsticks, goals help us gauge or measure our progress, or lack of it. Without goals constantly reminding us where we are and what we should be doing to get where we ought to be, we will be running wild. No amount of sticking our head deep into the sand will help us achieve success. We must stick it out to the end by daily attaining the goals we have set for ourselves. This can only be done if today’s tasks are ‘done’ today!

To post pone to tomorrow today’s task will only mean one thing: a clog up tasks. The result is that we end up breaking our backs trying to accomplish both yesterday’s and today’s tasks; resulting in sloppy and unfinished tasks.

Goals help us avoid overwhelm
To de-stress our lives, we need to learn how to work smart by finishing our daily tasks on schedule.

This is important if we are to avoid being overwhelmed by tasks carried over from yesterday.

One of the leading causes of burnout and depression is the failure to tackle simple tasks on time. As tasks pile up one after another, we end up having to work overtime and sometimes overnight; pushing our body to limits it was not designed to go. To avoid overwhelm, learn to decongest your life by doing what must be done today, today! However if you want to work hard and up stressing yourself, go ahead and let the tasks accumulate.

Goals help us re-strategize
Finally we need to re-evaluate and redefine our strategy to ensure conformity with our objectives. Strategies help us achieve our goals faster. However, some of the strategies we use are sometimes rendered obsolete by the passage of time. When this happens, it is important to redefine or tweak them a little.

Strategies must always remain relevant and in line with the desired goals. When they become irrelevant or obsolete, they should be discarded and new ones invented.

Strategies help us save time by crowding out irrelevant tasks; those that only take up our time but which do not feed into in to our goals. Strategies also help us to concentrate on priority tasks; those that are crucial to the attainment of our goals.

Author Bio
Innocent Mwangi Gathungu is a motivational and inspirational speaker. He specialises in helping people in their spiritual lives and in motivating them to achieve their highest potential. For motivational and inspirational articles, visit his websites at http://www.ssmk.net and www.realopportunity.org.

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17 responses to “Setting Goals

  • Garsh Jones

    I learned a lot to this article even though this is one page only and how amazing is that? Well, I think I learned because I read the whole article and I am familiar with the terms that is used and also I can totally imagined the situations and some lines on the article because i have experienced some of it personally and so I have to say this is really so true “obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes off the goal”, thanks for sharing this one.

  • Dove Green

    It is really true that one of the leading causes of burnout and depression is the failure to tackle simple tasks on time and in my high school days and in college days I always experience this one because of my laziness and I don’t know why I am always like that even though I experience small grades because of it.

  • Jashy

    Goals indeed makes us as stronger in taking the journey of our life and it is true that like yardsticks, goals help us gauge or measure our progress, or lack of it. It really measure our strength and weakness and also the things that we are lacking of it and by that we know what we must practice and what we must do to it.

  • Colin

    I experience strategies that actually work and some also that did not work and I also thankful to learn that strategies help us save time by crowding out irrelevant tasks; those that only take up our time but which do not feed into in to our goals. Because in every moment we can’t afford to fail at all times and in every failure there is a time involved or wasted and even money.

  • Marshey

    Each of us here have goals in our lives and we always st those goals as our main target and our main aim and it is also at the same time constantly remind us that there are tasks that need to be done, and within a particular time frame, for us to make progress. I hope we can all get our goals and dreams in the future and I hope everyone of us will be happy because of it.

  • Geraldo

    I also admit and it is so undeniable that every time you take your eyes away from the goal at hand, you will surely wander off into troubled waters. It is way better if you have goals, you have to really set it and make a plan for it because the first way in achieving it successfully is to plan for it. I believe in the ways that making a successful goal is to plan it carefully and then making a good and productive movement towards it.

  • Ken

    Very inspiring one “Just as a train must stay on the rails to complete the journey, our dreams, our ambitions, and our desires must find expression in goals that are clear, realistic and timely”,Setting goals a lot more interesting than just doing nothing in your house and it is better than doing silly stuff and making a lots of excuses in doing something productive.

  • Robert

    I think this is necessary “As tasks pile up one after another, we end up having to work overtime and sometimes overnight; pushing our body to limits it was not designed to go.”, for one to reach his or her goal. In my opinion if we really want to reach our goal we have to first set it and then make an action on how to do it or rather a plan. I enjoy much of your discussion here and it filled with such informative ideas and I like it, thank you so much. Best regards, Robert.

  • Carl Johnson

    Setting goals is indeed the recipe to success and I agree that when we have well articulated and clearly defined goals, the journey towards success becomes lighter, even less tiring and in fact it is really making the weights of the hindrance in our road to success light. I am an anime fan and it might be so funny and so weird but I have seen some anime inspirations and some scenes where goals are being set and they did a really successful job.

  • Madeline

    This simple line says a lot “One of the leading causes of burnout and depression is the failure to tackle simple tasks on time”, one shall not simply use time into wasteful manner. When we are working we should always be time conservative because time is important and time is gold. I think it is much better if we will always practice ourselves in conserving time. Time conserving has been practicing us in school by using deadline in our projects but the problem is how we treat deadline.

  • Sirda

    Very well said “Strategies help us save time by crowding out irrelevant tasks; those that only take up our time but which do not feed into in to our goals”, strategies and plans are simply the key in your goal and achieving your goal. It is understandable and pretty normal that our normal is really hard to achieve that is why a plan and strategy are necessary. I think it is much helpful that we really refer to books on business and also this is good when you want to have a good strategy and this can also help you on what type of strategy you want to use.

  • Condo

    Setting goals is very important, you cannot succeed without planning or setting your goals. Goals are not static, it will not prosper by just leaving it alone. Goals must accompanied by determinations and hard work to make your dreams achievable. My teacher in my major subject once said “if you want to attain something, always remember the word SMART”. SMART, stands for S-pecific, M-easurable, A-ttainable, R-ealistic, and T-ime bounded. So, if you want to become the person you want to be, then always remember be SMART.

  • Andrew

    That is right there why we have to set goal. Each one of us of course have plan and have goal on our own benefit or what benefit it may bring to us or if it is for others. I have a goal to go around to some places and countries in the world and take pictures on each places and beautiful views. I want to make it happen someday after I finish my student life and finish schooling. So you guys, what are your goal? or goals? It may be specific but I know that serves it purpose.

  • One

    Just as a builder uses a blueprint to ensure that a building will be structurally sound, the process of creating and writing a blueprint for your business–called a business plan–will help you determine whether your business will be strong from the start. Just as a train must stay on the rails to complete the journey, our dreams, our ambitions, and our desires must find expression in goals that are clear, realistic and timely. I once remember this anime series;one piece, they thought me that believing in yourself can make someone achieve their goals.

  • Ted

    And if there is no reason for us in having goals is just like this “Without goals constantly reminding us where we are and what we should be doing to get where we ought to be, we will be running wild”, to have a reason to live is to have a reason to have a goal and it simply explainable that each of us have goal or goals and we can’t deny the fact that it is one of the reason why we live in our everyday life. It is a cool thing that we have unique goals to each other and it is a nice feeling that if someday we can achieve our different goals and we can get what we always wanted. It is still just the beginning for some us in reaching our goals and some of us have already reached their goals and congratulations to all of you who have already reached their goals.

  • Gly-gly

    Thank you for this article. Now i know how important the goal is in everyone’s life… This article teaches everyone how to start doing necessary things in order to fulfill it. This article should be read by everyone because this is not applicable only for organization.

  • Glezen

    Indeed, it’s a path of failure ” If you get to a point in your success journey where you can’t see your goal, you are definitely headed into failure territory”, it is hard to recognize that path since you will be confuse if that is really failure or just a challenge. Our goal is of course our gold and our treasure that we always want to have and we do things that unimaginable if necessary to get our goal. My goal is to be successful in life and to buy things that I want, to do the things that I love, to go to the places where I want to visit and to give my family a great time in living their lives. I know it is not easy to get that and right now I am still in the process of achieving it and if we rate it to be 100% , I am still in 5% and yeah that is very small and so hard to climb up to 100% but I know our creator and our God will guide me and I will just follow his will and also my heart’s will.

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