By Herbert Mtowo
In many situations people use words goals and objectives as interchangeable. Yet, in the context of goal setting, the difference between goals and objectives has an important practical meaning. After you set your important goals you move to setting objectives. Objectives are also goals, but they are down the hierarchy. They are sub goals set with the only purpose to serve your goals. Turn on the KEY by setting up real realistic, tangible and achievable goals
Resolutions are nice, feel-good statements; but are a waste of time. They have no substance and rarely, if ever, create any sustainable improvement in people’s lives. I recommend you DO NOT make New Year’s Resolutions! Rather, set goals for The New Year! Setting goals is key to your achievement.
It is important to note that to achieve your goals, which conditions should you provide, which resources should you collect, which skills should you develop, what knowledge should you acquire? Is there anything significant you should achieve before you can reach your goals? Formulate the answers to these questions as your objectives, in writing.
If one is able to do this correctly and properly, it can transform you from tired and weary to energetic and excited. It can motivate you to push yourself beyond previous expectations. It can encourage you to learn from every experience. It can fill you with a positive spirit. It can inspire persistence. It can bring on sure and steady effort. It can produce incredible results. My lessons from my mentor Larry on goal setting have been revolutionary and life changing indeed.
It is a fact of life that, many people eventually realize how important goal setting is for their personal and business success. Only very few have gone so far as to actually sit and put their goal statements in writing. This is a very unfortunate situation. It is well established that it is the process of writing your goal statements that actually puts your goals to work. A reality and factor of life is that without setting goals, life is empty, boring too rigid and nothing exciting as the dawn of a new day begins, whereas goal setting makes life vibrant and worthy while to live and look into the future with hope an joy. So setting up goals isn’t just a routine exercise but, a KEY to turn around one`s life and a step into greatness. Many people find life so tiring and with nothing to live for because they don’t have anything to live for.
It is in this goal writing process that your subconscious mind starts taking your goals seriously. Your mind gets all the necessary signals to start moving you forward. And those signals are better to be very clear and direct, no confusing or conflicting messages. They should include clear visual images of your written goals. What is it about GOAL setting? It is a clearly defined goal — something meaningful and challenging to which you can look forward. The amount of effort you can produce and the number of obstacles you can transcend will be significantly affected by the desirability of the reward you pursue.
If you’re having trouble moving forward, perhaps your dream is not big enough or clear enough or real enough. The effort you put into defining, clarifying and connecting with your dreams will pay valuable dividends of focus, commitment and creative energy. Many get motivated at the start of the year, but can’t keep it up. Some say the problem with motivation is that it wears off! Well, so does bathing! Yet, most people bathe everyday (we hope). The same has to be done with motivation…it must be ongoing to maintain effectiveness.
To turn your goals into realities, make motivation a part of your daily routine. Commit to reading or listening to something motivational each and every day. Commit to fill your mind with that which is positive and encouraging.
Make your goals strong enough to pull you to them. Not only will you eventually achieve them, you’ll live more abundantly every step of the way. To achieve success, you need both persistence and flexibility. When you face difficulties and unexpected problems, use all your persistence and determination to stick to your goals. But always stay flexible with your objectives and activities. If the way you do things now does not work, try another way. Keep trying until you find the one that works.
The year has just begun, make your life a priority and setting goals a KEY into greatness. Many people have nothing to fight for and nothing to plan for and focus on simply because they don’t have any goals for their lives for the year and long term future. Don’t change the ends, change the means. And never forget the difference between ends and means, between goals and objectives.
By Herbert Mtowo