As I said in my last post, you need to set goals for 2018. Goals are important at least for the following reasons:
Goals help you turn your dreams into reality.
They keep you focused.
When you learn how to each day set specific goals, you become more focused on the things that really make a difference.
They give you enthusiasm.
When you have a worthy aim you are automatically motivated.
They give you clarity in decision-making.
Your goals determine your activities. Your mind is like a workstation it needs directions to operate competently; your goals provide those directions to your brain.
They help you stay organized.
When you set goals and constantly think of them, they help you stay organized towards their achievement.
They help you judge your productivity and effectiveness.
Without goals you have no targets, and without targets you have nothing to measure how you’re doing. With set goals you can easily evaluate your productivity and effectiveness.
Goals are important, yet as you set your goals for 2018, avoid the following 8 frequent mistakes:
- Don’t fail to List the goal category. Many people don’t list the category of their goal. They are several categories of goals; spiritual life, physical life, intellectual life moral life, familial life, career, relationship etc… It will be helpful for you to list from which category you are setting a goal.
- Don’t fail to put your goal in writing. Many people assume that because goal-setting is a mental exercise, their goals should remain only in their minds. If you keep your goals only in your mind, you will soon forget them. Write your goals and while writing, make them specific. For instance, to say you want to be happily married is more of a wish than a goal. For a goal to be effective you must describe in detail what it will look like. Say I want to become a better husband by being more affectionate to my wife.
- Don’t fail to give it a deadline. Deadlines often scare people away from goal-setting. But setting a deadline does provide a target. Deadlines don’t only force us to work had, they also serve as a motivator in the sense that each time you meet a deadline it reinforces your sense of fulfilling your goals, creates the momentum and sense of success in your life and gives you satisfaction. Set goals for every day, every week and every month.
- Don’t fail to identify potential success blockers. You will meet obstacles therefore you should better expect them! Anything worthwhile in Life will have a price to pay and hurdles to conquer. Successful goal setters identify those potential problems first before they encounter them. This puts them in a much stronger position to overcome.
- Don’t fail to write out a list of skills you will need to develop to achieve the goal. If you set a goal to be more affectionate then you might have to develop some listening and talking skills. It probably would help. If you want to write a book then you may need to develop grammatical skills. This step forces you to consider ahead of time the tools you will need to see your dreams come true. Make a list.
- Don’t fail to identify the resources you will need. Chances are, you will require the assistance of certain people to see your goal fulfilled. Who are they? How should you approach them? What should you ask them? Is there an association or fellowship to join? Some goals require the assistance of professional helpers.
- Don’t fail to list what benefits this goal will bring. Every goal has a price and requires a certain degree of sacrifice and hard work but also contains some great gains. When you list the benefits of the goal, you stay motivated to stick with it.
- Don’t fail to build in accountability factors. Have you tried to achieve a certain goal only to fail time and time again? You feel the goal is worthwhile and you would like to see it through, but you just can’t break through. To achieve such goals, make yourself accountable to someone you respect who can call you to order from time to time.
Rev Tchankio is the author of the book, FULFILLING YOUR DIVINE PURPOSE: In the Steps of Apostle Paul.