Why is setting goals and objectives so important? Why do individuals and companies alike take it so seriously?
The truth is, much of whether you’ll succeed or fail in life depends on how well you set your goals. Goals give you a sense of direction as well as a sense of purpose. Objectives help you stay on track and keep you from straying too far from your destination.
In this article, you will learn some powerful tips on setting goals and objectives. Doing things the right way can help you achieve all your dreams more efficiently. And who knows? You might just pick up on other lessons along the way.
Tip # 1: Be Positive.
When setting goals and objectives, it is important to keep everything positive. Don’t focus on what you want to avoid, but rather on what you want to have. It will help if you write them all down as positively as possible.
For example, instead of saying “By age 50, I will not have any physical deficiencies (negative),” you could say, “By age 50, I will still be in tip top shape (positive).”
Read these two statements aloud and observe how you react to them. Notice that you are more motivated when reading the positive statement. Your subconscious reacts to these statements even if your conscious doesn’t really feel the difference. Be aware of these little details.
Tip # 2: Fill in the Blanks.
Goals that aren’t specific are prone to cancellation and extension. Objectives that are too vague don’t really present any value to you or your company.
For example, saying you want to have “a new job” is not as effective as saying you want to “become an editorial assistant at a fashion magazine.”
When setting goals and objectives, you have to be specific so that you can create commitment. Otherwise, you run the risk of selling yourself short or making do with what comes closest to your original plan (even though “closest” is actually a poor substitution for your original goal).
Tip # 3: Think in the Present Tense.
Goals and objectives are more effective when written down in the present tense. Remember that your subconscious plays a big role when it comes to processing your intentions and making them come true.
So when you say, “I will make it big in the industry,” you are actually pushing your goal farther and farther into the future. To remedy this situation, tell yourself “I am making it big in the industry.” It’s such a small thing, but it immediately creates a shift in your subconscious.
Setting goals and objectives is important. But it is just as important to know how to do it effectively. Now that you have learned a more positive way of setting intentions, you are now well on your way to achieving all of them.