Goal setting needs to have SMART orientation
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.
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?
- The goal should be challenging enough to keep you motivated and hold your interest.
- 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.
- Writing down goals is a good practice.
- Decide the action plan and write it down too.
- Ensure that you do everything in your capacity to stick to the set goal.