Achieving dreams/goals.

Goal setting (identifying a dream) is generally not a difficult thing to do for most people, but realizing the goal often fails. This is commonly because while most of us can come up with some ideas as to what we want to do, so many of us will not clearly identify them.

The flaw is quite simple. If you cannot clearly identify your goal, then how will you know if/when it is achieved? Typical vague goals are:

“I am going to start running” – What does start running mean? A jog around the block? Complete a 5km race? Running a marathon?

“I want to lose some weight” – How much? Over what period of time?

“I want to travel” – Where to? Multiple destinations? When?

“I want to be successful” – What is successΒ  to you?

Goal setting can be used very successfully as a motivation tool to achieve pretty much anything however, for a goal to be motivational, it must be both realistic and measurable. If a goal is unrealistic, then logic would dictate a negative outcome. If it cannot be measured, then it is questionable as to whether you can ever know whether it has been achieved!

Once a goal has been given some measurable characteristics, then a plan can be developed which will not only take you in the direction of your goal, but will also provide visible evidence that you are on schedule to achieve the goal! Of course it could also indicate that you are a little behind schedule which might suggest re-scheduling a little, but the original goal is still achievable.

A common misunderstanding is that some goals cannot beΒ  quantified. I would suggest that every goal can be quantified, but some may need a lot of thought to achieve that end.

“I want to toneΒ  my body” can be seen as a challenge to quantify, but it isn’t. What does toning mean to you?

“I want better muscle definition” – Define muscle definition and location.

“Well, I want to see the muscles flex, and all over my body” – We should break it down into a specific area of body to start with, and then progress through other parts of your body.

“Okay, my upper arm muscles” – Muscles are more easily measured by their ability, than physical measurement, so perhaps we could start with a Preacher Curl and determine what your current ability is.

“I can do 10 x 50lb curls x 3 sets.” – Then let us set a goal of 10 x 100lbs curls x 3 sets. Given your age, and based on alternate day workouts, our goal date is 12 weeks from now.

In the above fictitious dialogue, “toning” has been defined by accepting that increased muscle ability will dictate better toning. A muscle ability goal has been established; a method has been determined, and a time frame has been established to achieve that goal. If that individual is on schedule, then they should be curling 3 sets of 10 x 75lbs after 6 weeks!

Goal setting can be a huge motivational tool if used properly so, if you currently do not have any goals, think about the possibilities. You may surprise yourself!

 

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27 thoughts on “Achieving dreams/goals.

  1. Excellent post! I’ve always been very goal oriented, but it took me a long time to learn this. You can’t just set yourself an end goal and call it a day. So many times we set ourselves end goals without putting the steps and mini goals in place to keep us on track.

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  2. Such a great post! I really enjoyed reading through your thought process πŸ™‚ I have set goals many times before, only to never see them through. This time, I gave myself 22 goals to accomplish before I am 23 (I just recently celebrated my 22nd birthday!) and I am taking actionable steps to get there. So important to have goals, but even more important to identify how to achieve them!

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    • Hi Julia – Welcome to my Blog, and I am so pleased that you have established a plan for your goals. There’s nothing quite like the “rush”, and self-esteem boost, that you can get from carefully planning, executing, and ultimately achieving a goal. Keep it up. Keep smiling! If you happen to pass by my Blog again, please feel free to find a comfortable chair; kick your shoes off; put your feet up… and browse around here. You might like other Posts in the Just Thinking category! πŸ™‚

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