I am a huge fan of setting goals, and working to achieve them; and in some cases even exceeding them. There is a lot of information out there about strategies to adopt when setting goals, and the steps to take if you want to get to your goals. I have also written articles on the topic, and my latest article can be accessed here.
However, this article is not about setting goals, but will be focusing on the 2 most important tools that we must have handy, if we want to get to the destination of our goals.
You see, setting goals is absolutely the best and right thing to do. You need to make good progress with your life, and that can be partly achieved if you have a tracking mechanism to evaluate the course of your journey. It is a fact, that if you want to become successful at your dreams or aspirations, you must set targets for yourself. I would summarize the steps to take, in order to set your goals for the year in motion:
- Write down your goals
- Place the written goals where you can easily access them, i.e. where your senses can interact with them
- Outline the steps necessary to achieve your goals
- Define the procedures that need to be carried out, to achieve your goals
- Have set time lines to track your course
- Have checks and balances in place, like a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to constantly evaluate your progress or failure
Now that you are guided with the steps to take to get the ball rolling towards your goal, it’s my pleasure to share with you, the 2 MOST important tools you cannot afford to do without, if you truly want to come out successfully:
- Clock: One of the steps required for setting goals is to have a time line, and this is where the clock comes in. Remember that there are only 365 days in a year, and for everyday that you do nothing towards advancing towards your goal, you have lost out on precious and valuable time. But we must be cognizant of the fact that there may be situations, circumstances, people or things that may show up to waste our time, and slow down our progress. However, those are not the most important determining factors. What is most important is for us to always remember that, we are on a clock; and to do everything possible to pick up ourselves when we fall down, and get back on our journeys. For example, if you are running a race that you practiced so hard for, with a very coveted price at the end and you happen to fall down while running at the main ceremony, what should you do? You may want to get back right up, and keep at what you were doing before you fell. It has to be like a reflex. You do not check your arm or your thigh, you just keep going. You must be determined to close the gap between falling down and getting back up, and try to keep that time as short as possible. That’s one significant factor that differentiates winners from losers. Winners understand that they may sometimes experience disappointments, distractions and delays (the D words), but they refuse to remain in that position, but are quick to get back on track, and continue to push until they cut through that tape. Losers, on the other hand see every D word as a potential road block, and instead of kicking them out of their way, choose to remain there, and complain about the fall of Humpty Dumpty.
- Compass: A compass shows you the direction of your journey to your set goal. We have to appreciate the fact that, there may be several routes to getting to where we need to be. But it is definitely a smarter choice to go with the shorter and least pain-free route, and this is where you need a compass. If you keep doing what you have always been doing, you will keep getting what you are getting. It takes discipline and courage to determine that you are veering off the tracks, and for your compass to direct you right back on course. The D words may also show up on the scene to take you through a longer commute, but you must remain focused with your eyes on the fixed price and your compass to guide you right back in the right direction. So, you must have a vision in front of you and constantly fix your gaze there, despite the challenges or odds against you.
To wrap this up, in order to truly get to where we desire, we must make sure that what we are doing with our clocks, is consistent with what we are doing with our compasses. We cannot have a situation of saying one thing, and doing another. If you truly want to climb up that ladder of success, you must become responsible for the way you use both your clock and your compass-2 inevitable tools to guide you to success’s summit. I am rooting for you, because I know that you have got what it takes to break down those barriers!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!