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You are about to write and set down your goals for the year.

And you are thrilled.

Cos, a lot of prophecies have gone forth.

You are excited.
It’s a new dawn.

You have started with the traditional “new year resolutions” stuff.

Hey… Just a minute.

Why do you have to wait till the start of the year to set goals?

Setting goals are much effective the very moment you make up your mind whether it is On January 1st or May 30th.

You see, some people keep doing the same things over and over again, with the same attitude and mindset expecting a different result.

Giving the same excuses about not having enough money or resources and why they could not achieve their goals.

Excuses and excuses.

Blaming circumstances, fate or luck

They want things to be better but they are not willing to be better or committed to it.

I will be sharing with you some goal setting principles that works.

Enough of the Procrastination and laziness now.

Get ready!

What is a goal and goal setting? 

A goal is a result that one is attempting to achieve.

Goal setting deals with the process of developing the action plan designed to achieving those goals.

There are different kinds of goals. We have academic goals, career goals, spiritual goals, fitness goals, financial goals, social goals, health goals, personal development goals, political goals and a lot more.

How do you get your goal setting right?

  1. Start with God.

I know that you have a lot of ideas stored up in your head but you should always understand that there is a greater force outside ourselves.

There is God. Everything goes out and comes from him.

The spiritual controls the physical.
No matter how elaborate your plans may be, you’ve got to commit it to God.

You have to know that the human ideas and strengths are limited but with God, he would give you a wisdom that is supernatural.

Would you trust God before setting those goals?

It’s simple. Let God know your plans before anyone else.

The preparation of the heart is man and the answer of the tongue is the Lord.

2. Your goals should start with a clear and resounding ‘WHY’

WHY,  examines your reasons, motives. It x-rays your drives.

If you want your goals to be effective and efficient, your ‘WHY’ has to be strong.

Set and write goals

3. Your goals need to answer the question ‘HOW’

After you have answered the question WHY, you will have to specify the methods or procedures you will follow to see your goals achieved.

Your goals need to be clear, specific or explicit.

Also, Write your goals in a list and bullet the point goals one after the other.

Make sure that your goals are written in the present tense.

For instance, don’t say :

“I want to save some money”

This  is not clear enough for two reasons:

  • How much do you really want to make?
  • It’s in the future tense.

Say something like :
” I want to save $5,000 dollars monthly “

What is the difference between this statement and the previous statement?

  • The later statement gives you a positive feeling than the previous.
  • The latter statement strengthens your self concept and belief in your abilities than the previous statement.

Other examples of a specific, clear and positive goals are:

I will be am the marketing director in July 2020 “

” We will provide dry cleaning services in March 2020″

“I should have finished building my house on 31st August 2018″

“I should have lost 5 pounds in April 30th 2020″

There are a whole lot more. You can start writing your goals.

But make sure the goals are clear, precise, positive and in the present tense.

4. Your goal should answer the question ‘WHEN’.

Time is of essence.

Your goals should be able to answer the question ‘WHEN?’

When you set deadlines, you enable the desire in you to meeting a achieving such goals.

Don’t just say:

“I am an oil marketer”

You can say :

“I am will be an oil marketer by March 15, 2020.”

5. Your goals should be quantifiable in terms of size, quality, capacity, height, weight or quantity.

It should be in white and black terms.
For instance, do not say:

“I will start a livestock business with some money in June 15, 2020.

Say something like :

” I start a livestock business with $5000 in June 15, 2020.

This sounds clear and quantifiable.
Also, don’t say :

“I lose weight by October 30, 2020.”
Say something like :

“I will loose 30 pounds by Oct 30, 2020.

Your goals should be something you can achieve in your life time.

It should not be bizarre, odd or unattainable. It should be humanly possible.

For instance, don’t set goals like:

” I am the president of America in 2022″ (when you are not a citizen of America but Liberia)

That kind of goal is unattainable.

6. Your goals must be something true to you.

Don’t set goals in comparison with other people who possess varying degrees of strengths and potentials.

Realistic people set goals and play according to their strengths.

If the attainability of your goals is not in your strength zone.

You are not being true to yourself and you may struggle not attaining it.

I wouldn’t like that for you.
For instance, don’t say:

“I will be am a comedian”(when you know that you are a quiet, shy type and not outgoing)

Be true to yourself.

7. Your goals should foresee possible challenges.

There are no smooth roads in life. The journey to the topmost top is filled with Valley and mountains to climb.

Some of the obstacles to goal setting could be our greatest enemy —our indiscipline such as laziness, Procrastination, time mismanagement.

Other factors that can distract us from reaching our goals could be friends, lifestyles, government policies, economic problems, social problems,and a host of others.

So, after we have identified this possible obstacles. Write it down.

(See How we stop Procrastination and effective time management here).

8. Your goals should find ways of surmounting those obstacles.

You do this my mentally finding ways you can rise to the challenge and difficulty. Refuse to be weighed down.

Tell yourself, ‘no excuses’

Someone once said “obstacles are those things we see when we take our eyes off the goal”

Be focused and determined.

You are champion and a winner.

Greatness is in you.

Don’t give in.

After you have gotten a breakthrough, write it down.

Learn to write your goals.

Don’t let it stuck in your head only.

Why? Because according to research, writing is a activity that forces our subconscious mind to remember and act on what we have written down.

In summary.

  • Write your clear, specific and detailed goals in various aspects of your life.
  • Make sure it is written in the present tense.
  • Your goals must be humanly achievable.
  • Your goal should be measured in terms of quantity.
  • Your goal should have a time frame.
  • Your goal should state the process of achieving it.
  • Write the challenges to your goals in various aspects of your life.
  • Write  how you intend to rise above those challenges.
  • Finally, every weekend, revisit your written goals and check how you are doing.

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