Fundamentals of Goal-Setting
The practice of Goal-Setting involves the constant thinking of the future, and how we can plan to improve ourselves in preparation for bringing our lives onto a desired path. Often times, goal setting takes the form of:
- Chasing a large goal or achievement, which involves, having small milestones
- Recording checkpoints that you try to achieve within a set period of time
- Markings of completion as a sign of progress
Signs That You Are Setting The Correct Goals
Goal-setting isn’t easy. Amidst the process, many would initially lose belief and stop their progress, but the people around us will first disapprove, challenge, then look in awe. Notice the chronology?
Once you find success in your goal-setting, a path will follow. However, what are signs that our dedication and passion has started to pay off?
- A step forward requires motivation to keep walking — 83% of people have valued recognition over cash, which can reaffirm the meaning of the steps we take.
- It becomes tempting to change course at the slightest sign of failure, but stay persistent! Your goals act as a reminder to trust your own plans and to stay committed to the process.
- Visualizing your goals will entertain both short and long term scopes. Having a plan in motion does not always guarantee desired results, and your visions cannot come true without acknowledging the present.
Why Are Goals, Whether Big Or Small, So Important?
How do we begin?
- Start by defining what your success is. The goals that you set for yourself must grant you motivation similar to an afternoon coffee: invigorating! Due to finding what you plan to achieve, it inspires success and maximizes execution.
- Formulate a plan to start achieving — without it, your vision becomes akin to having a dartboard without any darts to throw. Through a planned process that highlights all the steps you’ll take, albeit obvious, resilience to changing course will improve.
- Remind yourself of your goals, by any means necessary. Thinking and formulating ideas helps identify possible steps, yet disassociates from progress. Instead, utilizing active reminders of your tasks places a high value on incremental milestones.
- Less is sometimes more; pay attention to how achievable your goals are! Plans for achieving will ultimately crumble under the lack of execution, which can be easily avoided by spacing goals out to break attention to a greater focus.
- Build in accountability to your goals — generating progress leads to the fact that improvement is easily seen through the nuances of others. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback, or to create progress reports to keep yourself on track. Make the leap and take responsibility!
- Continue to commit! Being constantly reminded of the goals over your shoulder may be strenuous at times, but the plan is yours to decide. Once you find your strengths, all that’s left is to go up, and to never come down.
The Use Of ‘Wabi-Sabi’
Humans are creatures of habit. We often go back to old patterns, which can also explain why that one Netflix show stays continuously appealing — under the same basis, goals that we continue to set will fulfill our strides of improvement.
We will have to look at the Japanese philosophy of “wabi-sabi”, which encompasses the idea that even imperfections can promote excellence; a shattered bowl leaves room for gold resin, a life gone awry leaves room for change.
LITE’s Concluding Remarks!
What, or more importantly, who, has the ability to define what happens for themselves? The answer lies right in front of us — don’t chase satisfaction just for the sake of it, but build your own path towards it. It is our job to make sure our goals are set, prioritized, and achieved.
Life can only go on, but it is still in our favour!
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