Whoever fails to plan, plans to fail.
The start of a new year is usually accompanied with the ritual of making resolutions and/or declarations. “This year, I’m going to be this and that, and I will do this and that”….Everybody has dreams.
Some days before January 1st, myself and some friends had an end-of-the year meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to:
1. Carry out a review of our 2015- the goals we achieved, difficulties we faced, and the lessons we learnt,
2. Make a list of what we wanted to achieve in 2016. Our goals and PLANS.
When it was time for agenda 2, I was beckoned on to start first. An emotional me started…..
“I want my 2016 to be excellent”. I want an Excellent relationship with God, an Excellent academic year (I am currently running a masters program), Excellence in my ministry (Prima Donnaz), Excellence in my finances, Excellence in my relationships…. bla bla bla….BLA!!!!
Victor was the first to speak out. “Madam, these are not goals”
Yeah, I heard that sound in my head 😂😂😂
Victor wasn’t done. “That is a Vision, not a goal”
After long explanations, I got the idea and readjusted.
I had to break my “EXCELLENT 2016” into goals in different areas of my life accompanied by strategies to accomplish them.
For example, Excellence in my Academics now looked something like this…
– To be the best graduating student in the Center for Peace and Strategic Studies 2016.
– Attend lectures regularly
– Study recommended texts rigorously
– Initiate relationships with bright minds in class
– Read paper presentations, articles, journals on Peace, Conflict and Development
– Reach out to older colleagues for advice, explanations, materials etc…
– Be meticulous and thorough in assignments and term papers…
And guess what? I still have to come up with a plans to achieve the plans to achieve the goals.
Maybe, the reason your 2015 wasn’t so exciting or fulfilling was because you had a vision but no plan to bring that vision to fruition. Maybe you had amazing goals, yet failed in achieving them because you hadn’t plans to achieve them. Whatever, it may have been, 2016 will be different because you are reading this post!!!!! Yeah, I’m certain like that😊😊😊😊
Goal- setting is powerful, it is part of the fabric that makes up our life, it shapes our dreams and designs our future. Goal- setting is important because it helps us to swiftly achieve our goals, it eliminates confusion and frustration and aids in easy navigation through the course of life. Without goals, we would be moving forward, but not moving ahead, without goals our growth will be slow and ineffectual.
Not knowing where to go can be disastrous, knowing where to go but not knowing how to get there can be tremendously frustrating. Goals make us accountable and they insert in us the willpower to make everyday a success. Truly, every potential kingdom star has to be able to chart his life’s course, setting goals and meeting them. Success doesn’t happen perchance, It takes having a powerful vision as well as developing plans for its actualization (goal-setting) to make a successful man.
Let’s quickly examine Jim Rohn’s thought on Goal-setting,
Rohn said , in goal-setting, the idea is to make them S. M. A. R. T
S- Specific, M- Measurable, A- Attainable, R- Realistic, and T- Time bound
- Specific: Goals are no place to waffle or a place to be vague. You have to be certain of the end point of your goals. An ambiguous goal would be “I want to rule”, Rule what? In what sense and to what extent? Why, How? When? Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results. Uncertain goals produce half- baked results. Be specific.
- Measurable: You have to also set goals that are measurable, specifically measurable. Example “One can say, next year, I will read books”, another may say “Next year, I will read 24 books, and to achieve this, I will read 2 books every month. That is setting a measurable goal Measure your goals.
- Attainable: One of the detrimental things that many people do is to set goals that are so high they are unattainable. This is not to suggest that you limit yourself, but there are respected meaningful boundaries. An unattainable goal may be to read 500 books in a year or to build a house in Venus in six months. Setting unattainable goals destroys our self-esteem as well as the will to advance. Set goals that are attainable.
- Realistic: The root word for realistic is “real”, your goal should be real or to put it another way, it should have the potential to become “reality”. Truth is there have been seemingly impossible ideas humanity has come up with, which have eventually become reality, there are others which will remain impossible…creating a human being would be one of them. Be realistic in your goal- setting.
- Time bound: Every goal should have a timeframe attached to it or else we would never come around to meeting the goals. What we would have is needless and endless excuses as well as procrastinations. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end, a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. You start working on it because you know there is an end. As time goes by you work on it because you don’t want to get behind. As it approaches, you work diligently because you want to meet the deadline. You may even have to break down a big goal into different parts of measurement and time frames. Set smaller goals and work them out in their own time. A S.M.A.R.T. goal has a timeline.
Prima Donna, it’s not enough to have a vision, you must have goals for that vision. It’s not still enough to have goals, you must have plans to ensure the goals. The plan is to be S.M.A.R.T! !!!
I do hope this has blessed you.
Onome Pearl Oraka