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Be Empowered Through Goal Setting
October 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Women Connect Hub - Debbie Odunlami
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Be Empowered Through Goal Setting

Have you ever had a job where you set and write your own reviews? Some of us have and I happen to be in that category of people who set yearly goals, rate my performance and defend my personal ratings by adding specific accomplishments and opportunities. My boss will then agree or disagree by giving me the same ratings, better or even worse ....thank God, I haven't had to get a worse rating because I'm usually harder on myself, so most times, I have received a better or same ratings as I rated myself. When I set my personal work goals, I consider 2 things, company goals, my department/team goals, and try to align them with my personal goals....those are usually my baselines, and frankly speaking they help put things into perspective.

As important as goal setting is, especially life goals, most of us don't set them and why is this? It is a daunting task, it requires time, deep thinking and often times, consideration of different factors that are outside of our control. We conclude in our mind, that it's unrealistic to set life goals and we just go through life allowing it to chart the way for us. I agree to a certain extent that some things are outside of our control, but do you know that, if you know what your goals are, it helps to quickly identify distractions? Yes, knowing my goals, writing them down and constantly looking at them has helped me to quickly spot distractions that could derail me from achieving them - and this is a very TRUE statement. The power of Goal Setting cannot be overemphasized, the bible says “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?" Let that in for a moment. So friends, I’m all for empowerment through Goal Setting.

What is Goal Setting?

Simple definition of Goal setting is development of an action plan!

Setting goals is very instrumental in achieving success – success in every sense of it. It is the baseline for every dream that becomes a reality. Many people feel as if they are a drift in the world. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile. One of the roadblocks to making your dream a reality is the feeling that you don’t have the luxury to dream; therefore you refuse to spend enough time thinking about what you want from life and this kills the thought of formal goals. But I want to remind you that no one set out on a major journey with no real idea of the destination.

So how do you set a Goal?

First, I will encourage you to find your passion, what you are good at or what you like and then consider what you want to achieve, then commit to it. A SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound) goal is something that motivates you and is fun for you. Write them down to make them feel tangible. Then, the planning begins.

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The ultimate way to empower yourself is to set goals because knowing precisely what you want to achieve helps you to know where you must concentrate your efforts in. You will also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you away from your goals. When you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set, it will boost your self -confidence.

I grouped goal setting into 3 different categories

  • Life-Time Goals
  • Short-Term or Smaller Goals
  • Managing Goals Through Consistency

Life-Time Goals

To set a personal goal, the first thing you need to do is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime (or at least, by a significant and distant age in the future). Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making. Your faith, family, finances, career/business, education, fun (yes, you can set fun goals, just like a bucket list) etc. Set some time for brainstorming and identify what relates to you and then have a significant goal that you can focus on. Set goals for what you genuinely want to achieve, keep it simple and be true to yourself.

Short-Term or Smaller Goals

Once you have set a lifetime goal, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete. Make your goal or goals a baseline and make your plans flexible. You can flex your plans and tweak your plans as you want but don’t deviate from your goals. Plans can be as simple as just creating a to-do-list and add timelines/deadlines to those smaller goals. Don’t over complicate it, it’s a plan and there are many ways to achieve your goals. Write your plans down, review them often and make changes along the way. I began to write down my plans and I can honestly tell you that I’ve surprised myself with the strides I’ve made towards my goal just because I wrote them down.

Managing Goals Through Consistency

One of the most powerful and valuable traits you can possess in life is the ability to effectively manage your time which I know does not come easy. Staying consistent is the best gift you can give yourself. If you use your time wisely or try to, you have better chances at achieving your goals and staying on course with your plans. Incorporating fun and rest into your plan is also key. As you know, “Rest is replenishing areas that have been depleted.” To be effective you must set time aside for fun and rest.

Do all of these come easy? No, but with determination, resilence and hard work all of them can be achieved.

Remember – Passing of time is the greatest equalizer on earth. Young and old, affluent and poor, all of us get the exact same time. And, it is in how we organize and utilize our time that sets us apart.