You need goals so as to stay focused and know what you should do when. The questions most students ask are: but how do I set these goals? How am I going to achieve them after I set them? You may now rest easy because I have some tips on how to set goals and achieve them for you.
1. Decide what you want
This is the initial stage of goal setting. Ask yourself what it is you want. Remember this is all about you, and other people’s opinions don’t matter. When people set their goals, they tend to show more commitment. Try to formulate goals that are reasonable and those that will promote a balance in your life.
In the first step, it is okay to come up with broad ideas. This is where you break those ideas into small ones. But you cannot fulfill many goals at once; you will have to put them in groups according to their importance and agency. Start with those you feel are most important, then the moderately important and lastly the less relevant. When you prioritize, you will know what to focus on at the moment.
3. Be specific
Narrow the goals to what you what you exactly want. It is easier to achieve a specific goal than a vague one. For example, do not set a goal like; “I want to do good in math.” Instead set a goal like; “I want to get a ‘B’ in math.” That way you will know what exactly you are working toward. Lastly, come up with how you think you will fulfill them.
4. Apply the principle of measurability
Set deadlines and timelines for your goals. Categorize them into two groups. The long term and short term goals, depending on how long you plan to take to fulfill them. Failure to do so may lead to a habit of procrastination, as you have no deadlines bearing down on you. You can have daily goals, which monthly goals will build upon, that will, in turn, support the semester goals.
5. Be realistic
Choose goals that make sense. Keep them grounded to what you know you can achieve. If you failed in all your exams last semester, setting a goal to achieve an ‘A’ this semester will be un-realistic. A realistic goal should be the one set to improve slightly in the previous grades.
It will do you good to assess your strengths and weaknesses before you set a goal. Setting too challenging goals will only set you up for failure.
5. Identify roadblocks
Things don’t always go as planned. Challenges that threaten to stall your goal achievement may arise. Identify the most likely ones, and prepare a damage control plan for when they occur. This will prevent your goals from being sabotaged.
6. Involve people
Do not be shy to share what your aspirations. These people might provide some physical or emotional support that you need to achieve the goals. Also, knowing that people are watching you will act as a motivating factor, as you don’t want them to see you fail.
Find individuals with the same goals as you do, so that you can support, encourage and also compete. Competition is a very effective motivator.
The goals you set should be a reflection of who you are as a person. They should make you feel happy and fulfilled.