Definition of goal setting:
All of us strive to lead a better life than the present day’s and it broadly falls under 3 major categories as follows:
- Look Good
- Earn Good
- Be Good (in Relationship)
While reading this article, think about any of your current goals (in the making or in the thinking) and you’ll see for yourself that it falls under one of the above broad categories.
In this article, we are going to see some simple Examples of Goal Settings In Life, that would guide you to smart goal setting and push you to achieving your goals.
Formula for successful goal setting in life:
We don’t set goals to ultimately fail in them at the end. We all want to succeed in the Smart Goals that we believe we are setting ourselves up.
This could be related to career goals, development goals, short term goals, long term goals, financial goals, athletic goals, etc.,
Irrespective of the nature, all we want is to see through the goals in flying colors.
So what is the Formula for successful goal setting in life? What differentiates achievable and non-achievable goals? What are the examples of some of the achievable goals?
I am going to share with you a very simple yet profound technique using an example, with a hope that you start setting smart goals in a way that you end up achieving them.
I am also going to give you a profound recipe of what makes some people extraordinarily successful. So read on:
Example of goal setting:
Let’s take weight loss as an example, one of the most pertinent dream of millions of people on earth. Weight loss falls under the look good category; freedom to wear any kind of dress, eat whatever you relish, attain social success, etc., All these are closely connected to weight loss as a goal. In a nutshell, weight loss dictates the confidence levels with which we carry ourselves in a social setting.
Now, why do we seem to gain unhealthy weight? Two major reasons: Unhealthy food habits and leading a sedentary lifestyle, we all know that this is the combo effect that results in fat accumulation.
For a moment, let’s focus only on sedentary lifestyle and understand what it really means. Sedentary lifestyle is nothing but one in which we do little or no activity. We spend most of our day in front of a machine, solving problems through thinking and analysis.
So isn’t making a tweak in your current lifestyle should be your weight loss goal or signing up for an annual gym membership? While joining gym gets you to move your body and result in burning calories, doesn’t it look like a giant leap from what you are today?
Why sudden leaps don’t exist:
Ask any gym promoter this, how does he make money with finite no of equipment and facility? The answer would always be something like 80% of enrollments not continuing beyond week 1 of joining!
Taking up a high cost fitness routine is awesome, if you truly understand the core issue of obesity – sedentary lifestyle. If you want to get fit, the first step is to change your lifestyle. If you dwell little deeper, sitting in one place for long hours is called sedentary; then what’s the opposite form – walking?
It is as simple as that, how can you tweak your day from passive to active?
There’s an actual scientific evidence that if 7000 or more steps are taken each day, then you are no more leading a sedentary lifestyle, even if you spend the rest of the day in front of a machine.
So isn’t the immediate step you make for losing weight is walking that 7000 steps?
Do you agree with me that walking 7000 steps is lot easier than a high intensity cross trainer workout? Now, if you are able to come to this realization, the sheer ease of executing the 1st step will give you a sense of gratification, as it is lot more feasible to achieve.
If you continue to walk daily for a month, 7000 steps a day, then you’ll get attuned to a new habit and in the process will also see some visible results that would further motivate you to stay tuned or up your game.
Once you succeed in the first feat, then you’ll automatically start thinking about joining a fitness club or a sporting activity that is in addition to your daily walking routine.
The whole thing will snowball into you moving towards a larger fitness regime, which all started with the realization of what is currently the cause of your obesity (sedentary), what is the remedy (7000 steps) and what was the outcome (a motivational/visible outcome of even 5 lbs loss of weight!)
Think big (six packs), Set small & immediate goals (tweak from sedentary to active) and Achieve by acting on goals (7000 steps of brisk walking every morning). Setting successful goals is better done by first assessing the current state and setting immediate achievable goals, which will soon automatically grow into you and to your surprise you’ll be running on the treadmill at the gym at an incline!
The same applies to all aspects of life’s goal setting.
Now coming to the last part, what do successful people do differently in setting goals?
The core of successful goal setting, which then makes them successful, is a 3-step approach as follows:
- Visualize yourself when you achieve the goal – the experiencing part
- Imagine how it’ll make you grow into a better person – the elevation part
- Imagine how you’ll help others with your success – the giving part
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