Monday, 18 February 2013

How to achieve your goals as a performer



How to achieve your goals as a performer

Goals and dreams are the two things in life that keep us moving, and every day when we get up give us a reason to work. All of us have goals. Some want to buy a new house, or a new car other want to make more money, start a new business, have the best store at the best location in the best mall. Some want to marry a beautiful girl and have cute kids. Some of us have strange goals like get in shape; lose 20 pounds of weight you have accumulated by spending 20 months! But still they are goals, still they are reasons that keep us going, that keep us motivated. But every one of us has faced that heart breaking moment when we realize we have failed to achieve our goal.
What if you get a mystic power to achieve every goal you can think of! Your life would be so full of surprises and beautiful. But to tell you the truth there is no such thing as that, or a magical power. The key to achieve your goals is planning, learn how to plan and you will learn how to achieve almost any goal.
In the next few minutes I would take you through a very practical and optimized process of selecting goals and how to achieve them.
I put goals in two categories, one is the SMART goals and the other are just goals. For setting the SMART goals you follow a well defined and target oriented approach, and while you set those goals you devise a comprehensive strategy that would be used to achieve those goals. SMART goals are always achievable. From this point onwards I will talk only about the SMART goals not just goals.

How to select your goals?

While setting your goals always keep in mind the SMART rule. Let me tell you what SMART goal is

Specific:

By specific I mean you should make your goals targeted and specific not generic or vague. And then be specific and targeted about achieving those goals.

Measurable:

While setting goals, make goals in such a way that the progress to achieve those goals must be measurable. Set up benchmarks and a criteria to measure your progress. Also set up a conditional that would be indicative of success or failure of your goals.

Achievable:

This is a very important point, set your goals that are achievable. No matter how impossible a goal is, it should be achievable.

Result Oriented:

Your goals should focus on the results. Goals should be result oriented and avoid getting trapped in the cycle of activity. At the end of each goal you should get a clear result.

Time specific:

Make your goals time specific, whenever you set a goal, set a timeline for that goal and a deadline. Once you reach that deadline, the goal would become unachievable and would move out of the category of SMART goals.
Here are some other tips about how you can achieve your goals in your life:
·         Write your goals. People who take the time to write their goals accomplish them more frequently that people who don’t.
Keep your goals with you – in your wallet, on a clipboard, on your screen saver. In this way, they’ll be a constant reminder of what you are going to achieve.
·         List at least one reason you want to achieve each goal. These reasons will help you stay focused when you get tired and frustrated and begin asking yourself questions like “why am I working so hard on this?”
·         Share your goals with people with whom you are close. These folks can be a big help in achieving your goals. Goals become more real when you share them with others. Goals that you don’t share, are merely aspirations.
·         Talk about your goals at social and networking functions. The help you need to achieve one or more of your goals can come from some surprising places. You never know who might be the one person who can offer the assistance it takes for you to get over the top on one or more of your goals.
·         Focus on your goals several times a day. Ask yourself “is what I’m doing right now helping me achieve one of my goals?” If the answer is “no” – stop what you’re doing and do something that will help you reach your goals.
·         Stay balanced by creating goals in all areas of your life: career, business, personal, family, hobbies health. These goals will help guide you to where you want to go.
·         Make sure your goals are congruent with one another. Conflicting goals create undue stress. If you have a work or career goal that is going to take up 60 to 80 hours a week of your time, it will be pretty difficult to realize a goal of running a marathon. You simply won’t have time to train.
·         Consider what you might have to forgo or give up reaching your goals. This could be things like family or hobby time. Ask yourself questions like: “is this goal important enough for me to give up time with my kids, or my weekly yoga class”.