You were born in the 90s, let’s say. As a result, like all of us; you fell into the trap of the guinea pig wheel in the lab where there is no way out. At least in a lab, the apparatus pauses once in a while. But now in life; the only mantra that dominates us is goals. Have them and win them! There is no way out. If you do not have a goal or you fail to achieve it; you are the nobody at the corner of the last bench none would even spare a glance at. These kinds of superlative pressures breed inferiority complex and pushes people over the edge of frustration. Caught up in the rat race of the competition that is more often than not, unhealthy; we do not chase goals anymore. It is goals that chase out, corner us and trample us from all sides. But that should not be the case. We need to achieve them and not get vanquished in the process. Here are a few tips to become the master of achieving goals.
Know Your Goals
Socrates had said, ‘Know Thyself’. But the mantra of modernity that can get you out of the nightmarish fix of goals would be ‘know thy goals’. Achieving goals has to happen in a few steps; and the first one would be to know them. It is necessary to have goals in one’s life. Otherwise; it would be an idle one. But it is important to know what you must have as your goal. For that, knowledge about oneself is required. See, there is a point that Socrates is still quoted. If you are not sure about your interests, aptitude and cannot assess your true potential; do not hesitate to contact a guidance counselor. Unless you know what your goals clearly are; there is no way you can proceed towards them with the promise of success. Because the road would never be clear in front of you. Remember, do not get confused, enticed, depressed by what others goals are. They are their goals and not yours. Unless you figure out yours, you would remain chasing someone else’s dream. But that would never make you happy, right? That is the vital stepping stone to the shrine of success.
Next, Assess Your Goals
Now that you know your goals, the next step of the plan would be to assess them well. Chalk out the details for the goals you have- the qualification, the funding, the training, the tenure that is required for the achievement of that goal. But again, along with your goals, know where your limits are. This is not to try and dissuade you. There has been several rags to riches success stories in this world. But one should care that one’s dream does not become too much of a burden on someone else. Also, if one does not know the limitations of oneself (not necessitated by merit of course); there is no way that one could face the challenges that would be thrown on her/ his way. The way to surpass is to accept first. Unless one realizes accepts one’s limitations; there cannot be a trial to overcome it and continuation of the chase. And also always, one must make sure of the time that is required for the goal to materialize. Time is commitment. Unless one is clear about that, the dream might become a burden to oneself after a point of time.
Then, Create a Backup
This is not another of those articles that gives airy advice on the art of living that actually is of little help. So, even if it seems negative at times; it is for pragmatic reasons that would benefit the reader. After all, one needs to have a certain amount of realism in life that would balance the romanticism of dreams. You never know what life throws in your ways and how to mitigate it. Hence, there can be various factors that can hinder the road to achieving goals. I am not asking you to give up. But at several times, many things are at stake. So, it is always good to have a contingency plan in place in case the first one fails. And Plan B must be on the lines of Plan A where the same kind of aptitude and potential is required. One skill can have many uses; if it is not too specific.
Divide the Goals
Once a goal is in place; you have to create short term targets within the master plan itself. Trying to achieve it all at one go would actually overpower you. If you are sure about the tenure, you can divide it on the basis of years. And if the tenure is small, you can divide it in terms of tasks. It would create a ladder that you can climb one step at a time; yet being firmly grounded. That way; the foundation of your hard work would be strong as well. Also, one you achieve one small target; do not forget to treat yourself with a little something. That way; you would be inspired to finish more efficiently the next time.
Cross Check your Goals
As you move ahead with your plan; one good advice to follow is never to get too confident. Faith is great; but that should not transform into arrogance; even if your achieving goals plan is working well for you. The moment you are confused (everyone does once in a while), communicate it to someone you can trust- family, friends, seniors, teacher, mentor and so on. There is no need to relate or narrate or show off every tiny detail of your working plan to everyone. But always turn into a person you trust would give honest, helpful advice. Shutting it up within yourself would deprive you of good ideas coming from another source that might enrich the plan. But telling everyone would open a barrage of advices (read unsolicited advices) that would confuse you at best.
Achieving goals is a task that we cannot get out of. At certain levels, most of us do not want to get out as well. We all have aims in life that we want to achieve and prove our worth to ourselves and others. So five steps to achieving goals – know it, assess it, back it up, divide it, and share it. That way, the road that leads to your ultimate goal would become clear to you.
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