Young Leaders Tips for Setting Powerful Goals
Setting powerful goals provides focus, shapes our dreams and give us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Goals are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better. Smart goals are absolutely essential to motivating you and your team. Using them will help you create an environment where everyone win, and feel like winners.
According to the popular author Jim Rohn, setting powerful goals has three components:
- It must be inspiring.
- It must be believable.
- It must be one you can act on.
When your goals inspire you, when you believe and act on them, you will accomplish them. If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.
Define your dreams and goals
We have the ability to dream, we have the ability to set goals and we have the gift to differentiate our wants from our needs. A well thought out goals and dreams helps us achieve that. Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Start to prioritize your goals and set them on a scale to know which one you want to achieve first.
Set important goals
The basis for knowing where we want to go is knowing where we came from and where we are. This is the essence of evaluation and reflection. We need to understand how to look at what we have done and then use that as a platform for what we want to do next. Pen the best and most important goals down and take action on them. If the goals are important to you, they will motivate you and give you the reason why you should never abandon them.
Set smart goals
For years, business leaders and entrepreneurs have taught that successful people set SMART goals:
S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Attainable, R – Relevant and T – Timely
I need not say much on this. It is clear to everyone who must be involved in its achievement. A child can tell you how close you are to accomplishing it. It is clear and unambiguous. Most of the problems with goal achieving stem back to a lack of clarity in setting the goal in the first place.
Make goals attainable
Everybody needs to be recognized for their individual accomplishments by the people around them, and especially above them. Since your team members are intrinsically motivated, it is the anticipation of the recognition they will receive for the completion of a task that motivates them internally to “go the extra mile.”
A good tactic for motivating employees is to give positive recognition for an accomplishment, which raises a person’s self-esteem, improves their self-image, and motivates them to do even more and better in the future. Set realistic goals today to enhance your future positively.
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu