Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for encouraging yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you will see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you have set. Having a goal written down with a set date for accomplishment gives you something to plan and work for. A written goal is an external representation of your inner desires; it is a constant reminder of what you need to accomplish
Ms. Amina Javed is currently working as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. In 2015, she completed her MS in clinical psychology, from Centre Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore. She had training of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy and she is interested in Dialectic Behavior Therapy as well.
Editor: Mr. Nadeem Noor
Setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success. The basic reason for this is that unless we have clear destination and clear path that where you are trying to go until you clearly define where that is. Research studies show a direct link between goals and enhanced performance in different life aspects. Goals help us to focus and allocate our time and resources efficiently, and they can keep us motivated at the time when we feel like we losing motivation. Goals help employees stay aware of what is expected from them and leave little room for people to hide behind the curtain of unspecified expectations. Furthermore, setting and achieving goals translates to feelings of success for both individuals and companies, which in turn spurs greater productivity and confidence. Proper goal setting can help break larger, intimidating aspirations into smaller, more achievable stepping stones. Planning towards these smaller goals not only makes it easier to formulate a definite plan of action that we can start working on right away, but research has shown that hitting smaller milestones provides real motivation and greater contentment.
Offering smaller, but more frequent promotions had a measurable increase in life satisfaction, even though the final accomplishment of achieving something bigger remain same. Instead of waiting for a bigger promotions and achieving something bigger, it was found that establishing smaller goals of every 3 months and achieving them would result in increased satisfaction and motivation. Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition. Goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it is also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible.
What are Smart Goals?
S.M.A.R.T is an acronym for the 5 steps of specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based goals.