This is an excerpt from my note on 'How to Set and Achieve Your Goals' presented at the "Be-Inspired Conference", Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
I'll start with this: You can't have yearly, monthly or daily goals if you don't have a Life Goal. In other words, if your life has no direction, if you've got no vision for your Life, your monthly or daily goals will be ineffective. You need to have a Vision for your Life before you can properly set goals.
So, What are Goals?
Goals are simply targets or ends you work towards achieving. There are several types of goals;
And many others.
Why You Should set Goals
1. Goals keep you motivated.
It makes life inspiring and interesting. They give you a reason to wake up early in the morning, get outta bed and hit the road. The bigger your goals and the clearer they are, the more excited you become about achieving your goals, the greater becomes your inner drive and desire to accomplish them. Goals show you where you are, where you're heading and how you'll get there.
2. Goals keep your life organized.
You'd know what you should be doing with your time and energy. It gives meaning and purpose to all you do. And it can finally translate itself into daily activities so that you are proactive, you are in charge of your life, you are making happen each day the things that will enable you to fulfill your vision.
6 Keys to help you set and achieve your Goals
1. Have a clear picture of where you're going.
In other words, know what you want. Your goals should always be in line with your life's purpose. Your vision.
2. Write it down. Think on paper.
When you write down your goal, you crystallize it and give it tangible form. You create something that you can touch and see. On the other hand, a goal that's not in writing is merely a wish or fantasy. It has no energy behind it. Unwritten goals lead to confusion.
3. Find out what it takes and Break it down into chunks.
Defining your goals isn't enough, you should first research your Goals and also break them down into smaller and achievable chunks. For instance, if you want to write a book in the new year, you can break it down into one paragraph or page a day. If you want to lose weight, you could decide to take a walk or exercise for 20 minutes daily. When you break your goals down like this, it becomes easier to work on and achieve.
4. Pray About it.
Don't just go to church to bind and cast demons. Pray about your goals. Commit your plans into God's hands.
5. Stay Hungry.
Don't be satisfied with the current results. There's always something better ahead. Stay Hungry for more. Keep breaking your own records.
6. Take Action.
Take action on your plan immediately. Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal. Read, Practice a song, Rehearse the steps, work out, just do something everyday.