Sometimes I try to make things happen, but everything I want to happen doesn’t always happen for me. I’ve tried and failed enough times at enough goals that I now better understand not only who I am and how I work, but I’ve been able to appropriate my lessons learned for the purposes of promoting my success. WhatutalkingboutWills? Basically, I’ve figured out how I get stuff done. And one of the most important lessons I have learned is that if I’m going to accomplish a goal, it’s in my best interest to make sure that it is a solid goal in the first place.
I deal with teenagers on a daily basis who have big dreams, and I love that they have high hopes and aspire to greatness. The struggle with them, as it is with many of us, is that many of their goals lack proper focus. It’s important that we each set goals that line up with what we believe our life’s purpose to be. When we ask ourselves what we think God placed us on this planet to do, that thing may not necessarily fall into a category that has a linear path to completion. The Lord may be calling you to improve the health of your community; that could lead you down the path of being a medical doctor, a teacher, or even a community activist, just for starters. So, as we set goals, we must remember that we need to be able to draw a line between accomplishing a goal and fulfilling our life’s purpose.
Once we are clear that our desires match our path, we should plan in a way that does the most to ensure our success. There are many resources that exist in the world that can help you strengthen the strategy you employ to pursue goals. One of my preferred strategies is setting SMART goals, so I’ll close out this week by outlining what a SMART goal is, and give you some key questions to ask yourself as you prep to live a life filled with accomplishment of meaningful tasks.
S – Specific – What exactly am I trying to accomplish here? (Be detailed in your responses)
M – Measurable – What does victory look like? How will I know if I’m succeeding or finished?
A – Attainable – Can you see yourself achieving this goal? How does that process look?
R – Relevant/Realistic – Does achieving this goal bring me closer to fulfilling my purpose?
T – Time-bound – What is my timeline for this process? When do I expect completion?
As tedious as it may be, do the work to go through this process each time you decide on a life goal, and it will help you maximize your potential for realization of your dreams.
- Goal Fever: The Curse of Being Overly Ambitious (ernestalmond.wordpress.com)
- SMART Goals (wellnessundefined.com)