Most people have dreams and goals. In fact, I have rarely ever met any person along my travels who hasn’t indicated that they have something in mind for the future or something they’d like to do. Even the folks who claim that they’re happy with the status quo and aren’t looking to accomplish anything will ultimately have that unspoken dream that haunts them every night.
Dreams and goals are important. They help us to develop focus and builds skills needed to survive in modern society. It can also help to give your life purpose. If one had a life of ease without any effort required, where would humanity find the drive for its advancement.
Although having goals can often make life harder, accomplishment can also help you to become prouder of yourself and help to build on your capabilities.
Like most things in life, the only way to have a silver lining is if there’s a dark cloud holding it. There are some disadvantages to setting goals. According to an article posted on LyveStrong.com, failing at any particular goal can cause some people to become discouraged from setting future goals, which can ultimately lead to losing out on important milestones.
The article goes on to explain that goals should be set using the SMART acronym. I’ve heard this acronym often in different business environments I’ve worked in and I will explain it briefly here:
Specific: No matter what goal you set, you should attempt to ensure that you are specific in what you want to accomplish. Perhaps your goal is to purchase a sports car. Great! What kind? What colour? Providing specifics will help to make the goal more real and leads into the next point.
Measurable: Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. How will you know when you’ve accomplished your goal? Let’s say your goal is to lose 5 pounds; this is how your goal becomes measurable. And it ensures that you’ll know once you’ve accomplished it.
Attainable: I’ll keep this one pretty simple… Make certain that your goal can actually be accomplished. Although I’m a firm believer that anything is possible, if your goal is to own a house on the surface of the moon you may be in for a little surprise!
Relevant: Your goals need to lead towards something. Having goals simply for the sake of having them can lead to a sort of stagnation unless you have them accomplish an end game.
Time-measurable: Set a period of time for when you want everything to happen. It’s one thing to say “I want to accomplish THIS or THAT”, but without a specific time frame to ensure its completion, you may never reach the completion of your goal.
Last but not least, work on one thing at a time. Most people have a “bucket list”, or a list of things they wish to accomplish before the end of their lives. But having too many things on that list that you’re working on at once will cause your bucket to tip over. ☯