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Goal setting needs to have SMART orientation

The Concept:

Goal setting is when you aim to achieve a target; you define it clearly and commit all your energies and efforts at turning it into a reality. It is important to set goals because without it things would be directionless and you would keep drifting from one thing to another. 

In order to set goals, you first need to introspect and understand what you want to do with your life. Once you have identified what it is, you need to put in lots of hard work to be able to accomplish it. 

The story:

In the movie, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story that captures the life of Indian cricketing superstar Mahendra Singh Dhoni, we see how the little Mahi coming from a middle-class background works dedicatedly to achieve his goal – his dream of playing cricket for the country. 

Even in adverse situations, if your eyes are set on the goal like Dhoni you will achieve your target.

In the Hindi movie, 3 Idiots, Farhan Qureshi wanted to become a wildlife photographer but due to parental pressure he got enrolled for an engineering course – something that he did not like and had no interest. It was only when Rancho intervened that he went to pursue his passion and became famous.

  • Farhan is the perfect example of how situations can deviate us from our goals and interests.
How to formulate goals?
  1. The goal should be challenging enough to keep you motivated and hold your interest.
  2. The other key element to goal setting is that it needs to be SMART. 
  • Specific – goals need to be clear.
  • Measurable – measurement will ensure that your progress can be quantified.
  • Attainable – realistic and practical goals.
  • Relevant – short-term goals need to be consistent with the long-term ones. 
  • Time Bound – without deadlines, goals are as good as dead.
  1. Writing down goals is a good practice.
  2. Decide the action plan and write it down too. 
  3. Ensure that you do everything in your capacity to stick to the set goal.

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Shubhra Rastogi April 8, 2019 at 7:10 am

Again a great write up. I think goal setting is important for both children and us. Even now sometimes I lack behind my goals. Loved the SMART takeaway.

Monika April 8, 2019 at 7:39 am

Yes goal setting is very important. Splitting big goals to achievable smaller ones makes the task even easier.

Priyanka Nair April 8, 2019 at 7:46 am

Some great advices. Writing down and monitoring them periodicaly really helps us to keep a track.

Abhijit April 8, 2019 at 8:23 am

Goal setting is important. Set up short measurable goals. If one doesn’t meet, then redraw the strategy keeping the bigger picture in mind.

Sonia Chatterjee April 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

In B school we were taught about setting SMART goals. With time, I have realized what is essential is to have a goal, however small it may be. It teaches focus and the happiness of meeting the goal is unparalleled. Great post again

vidhya thakkar April 8, 2019 at 2:38 pm

A wonderful write up! its one of the most important thing

Dave Roller April 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm

That is so true. The movie about the cricketer looks good, I’ll look for it.

Noor Anand Chawla April 8, 2019 at 6:26 pm

Setting goals is indeed the first step to success! Another interesting post.


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