Setting Objectives: The best way to achieve goals
Setting objectives is the best way to achieve goals. A goal at first can feel challenging, far away and like a mountain to overcome, with no clear path to achieve it. To get there you need a map to your goal.
Goal Journeys and paths
Imagine working towards a goal is like a journey, the path in pink. You break the journey into milestones or steps along the path to the goal. An objective is the thing you need to achieve to reach each milestone. By setting these it ensures your actions lead to your goal, reducing the time it takes to achieve it.
Breaking down a goal to define your actions
The secret to achieving a goal is breaking down what you need to do to achieve by planning objectives. Then these can be broken down further into Tasks – this makes the activity specific. Tasks are the activities you perform to achieve the objective. These can be daily, weekly or monthly tasks.
This process of breaking down provides clarity to what you need to do to get to your goal, defining the route to your goal.
Let’s work through an example. Imagine a goal of learning to play the guitar. At first, this can quite a challenge without defined tasks you need to complete. Firstly, break this down into objectives:
- Learn to read music sheets
- Have regular music lessons
- Pass grade 1 guitar exam
You can see by breaking the goal down it provides a clear specific action you need to do.
Secondly, let’s break “Pass the grade 1 exam” into tasks which could be weekly guitar practice. As we breakdown you move from high level, to small more detailed actions, making it specific and providing clarity. As a result, you know what you need to do making it easier to achieve the goal!
It’s important to remember, just like climbing a mountain you it isn’t always straight up, there’s can be set backs along the way.
The key to successful objectives is to make them SMART.
Next…Making Objectives SMART
This part 2 of our 4 part “Goal Achievement” programme. Checkout parts 1 through 4 here:
- Setting Objectives: The best way to achieve goals
- Smart objectives make you Successful
- The best way to plan SMART objectives
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