Don't Mistake Activity for Achievement!

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Dr. Purushothaman
August 27, 2013

If you want to attain success in life then ability to set goals is a must. The goals should be effective. This is to say that they must be realistic. Once you have set your goals you are motivated to attain them. When you realize your goals your self-esteem and self-confidence boosts up. It charges you for the next assault. Goal setting is an activity that requires skill. Only then you can set right kind of and reachable goals. Many factors have to be considered while setting goals so that you keep focused and eventually avoid frustration.

While setting goals you can categorize them into two parts - Short term and long-term goals. There are some things that are very important to you and must be attained in a short time. They form part of your short-term goals. So decide what are the goals that are very important to you and put them in the category of short-term goals. Prioritize your goals in accordance with their importance. You can thus break down your major life goals into smaller parts making it easier to attain them. You have to evaluate your progress each day.

Remember, journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step. Listing your major lifetime goals is a wise move. You have to set a time frame for attainment of these goals. This will keep you motivated and will rub off any lethargy that may set in.

Monitor your progress each day. Revise your list every day as you may be ahead or may be delayed in achieving your goals due to unexpected events. Setting up a time frame prevents you from wasting your time and helps you stay focused.

Skillful goal setting helps to minimize stress. You set only those goals that you really want to achieve. These goals are important for your success and happiness. Keep in mind that your goals are realistic. They must be based on careful evaluation of your strength and weaknesses. Unrealistic goals are often the cause for frustration and stress and they ever remain wishful dreams. You feel good when you have realized your important goal and are working towards its attainment. So always set attainable goals.

Setting goals is a first step towards being successful in life. Once you attain a short-term goal, there is a sense of accomplishment. You get a shot in the arm. You taste success even though it is small. It motivates you to aim higher. Whatever skills you have picked are naturally utilized in attainment of the next goal. It supports the maxim that success is a journey and not a destination. Ultimate success is a series of small successes. Success in attaining smaller goals is a step towards attaining bigger goals. So get ready to climb the ladder of success!

What to do if you encounter failure in attaining your first goal? Don't quit. Just review. Look where you have made the mistake, learn from it and move ahead. As long as you learn from your mistakes there is nothing to worry. Failure is the pillar of success. Use this learning to avoid mistakes when you are working towards your next set of goals. Incorporate the unachieved goal into your new set of goals and start working. It should be a challenge for you now. Thus you should have an attitude of a sportsman. Time to time review your entire goal setting skills so that you set appropriate goals and avoid disappointment. Always keep sight of the bigger lifetime goal to be achieved.

If you are overwhelmed with frustration go back to your plans. See to it that your goals are realistic. Reset your goals and start working. Never quit. Keep your focus on your most important goal.

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