PERSONAL LEADERSHIP: GOAL SETTING & PLANNING FOR CAREER SUCCESS - PART 2


Do you know research has it that only 20% of people set goals? 12% of them write them down. Out of the 12%, only ½ follow what they have written down.

Do you have dreams and visions for your life? Have you set goals and plans to achieve them? Are they well documented? If yes, congrats! You’re almost there. If no, you need to ‘fasten your seat belt.’

Last week we talked about the need to have goals and plans for our personal lives so as to lead our lives effectively.

In this post we shall be discussing on how to set goals and plan our lives; not the traditional way of goal setting – Specific, measurable, time bound ……………..

Goal setting will be addressed from a minute perspective to lighten up our understanding; in all you do, ensure your goal is SMART compliant, i.e Specific, measureable, achievable, Realistic and Time bound.

A goal is a dream with a deadline. In other words, when you attach a deadline to a dream, it becomes a goal. Goals give us a clear-cut direction to achieving our dreams and Visions.

In all, a goal is nothing more than a dream with a time limit, while a plan is organized steps taken to achieve your goals.
  
A lot of people live their lives without goal setting & planning and the effect is very evident in their lives. My dear, planning will cost you, but running without a plan will cost you more.

 Lester R. Bittel, the author of the Nine Master Keys of Management said, Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive Dreams come true.

No one has ever built a house without a building plan. No successful business or empire is ever built in life without a blueprint. The blueprint is the plan.

In the near future, say, 5, 10, 15 years, what do you want to achieve in the following areas of your life:

Net worth, career, business, Finances, family life, Spiritual life, health & fitness, Social life, Values and the like.

- Net worth: How much do you want to be worth in X years to come?

- Career: Where do you see yourself on your career ladder in X years?

-Business: How big do you want your business to be? Are you yearning for business freedom?

-Finances: Do you want to have financial freedom on or before X years?

-Family Life:  How do you want your spouse and children to be and how do you want your household to be?

-Spiritual: How do you want your standing with God to be tomorrow?

-Health & fitness: What is your health status now and how do you want it to be in the near future?

-Values: What values do you want to take into the future?  Integrity, Excellence, Hard work, Accountability, Friendship …………………….

-Social life: What kind of relationships do you want to have in X years to come and how do you intend to socialize?  The list is endless.

In your plan, the details of how you will relate with people, how you will acquire the materials and financial resources and how you are going to utilize and coordinate them for the fulfillment of your Dreams must be put into consideration.

Illustration: Maybe you live outside the United State and to further build your career, you desire to  live and work in the United States, that’s a dream.  It becomes a goal when you attach a date to it, saying, “I want to relocate to the United States by October 2019.” Your goals alone cannot take you there; you must have plans to achieve your goal.

There are some requirements to qualify you to live and work in the United States. So, you need to start putting things in place; that’s where planning comes in.  

In planning you must understand that the major action is the breaking down of goals showing the beginning, middle and the end.

THE PROCESS OF PLANNING.

1.     List every task that must be done. List every activity that will make your goal of relocating to the United States happen. Settle down and think on paper.

2.     Organize them to know what is important first.  Prioritize your activities.

3.     Sequencing. Organize the related tasks according to what must be done before something else must be done.  Know which activity comes first in your preparation and treat them in their order.

4.     Know the skills and resources required:  State the critical knowledge needed. Count the cost – funds, materials, time, relationships, to work in the U.S, you may need to upgrade your educational qualification or raise more money to see you through the process or build some good relationships that will make the process easier for you.

5.     Set deadlines: Set dates to achieve every task you have listed and state a final date for overall accomplishment. In this instance, the final date of accomplishment is October 2019.

The route to success is rough and tough, therefore in planning; you must understand that there’ll be hindrances to achieving your goals. In view of this fact, you must outline limiting factors. One way of doing this is to identify bottlenecks to vital tasks and possible solutions.

Make goal setting and planning an integral part of you; it’s only those that apply this principle that really succeed in life.  No matter how caring your world is to you, goal setting and planning are your responsibilities.

Until you accept 100% responsibility for your life, you will live like a liability in the world.  Do not make yourself a victim of chance by not setting goals and planning.

Take full charge of your life today!


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