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Getting it right from the start – Part 3

Getting it right from the start - Part 3

Welcome to the start of a new week and the concluding part of this discussion.

If you missed any of the previous parts kindly read them here – Part 1 , Part 2

Getting it right from the start – Part 3

In the previous parts, we explained that it would be extremely beneficial if we as individuals live our lives as a continuum rather than as a fresh start heralded by a new year resolution. We introduced the concept of looking into the future and we picked 20 years from our present date. We then went further to paint a mental picture of what our life would be at that point in our life. Emphasizing that the only limitations that exist are the ones that we permit in our minds.

We went further to break the twenty year dream into 1 year, 5 year and 10 year  goals. In this article, we would examine how to write out goals. One again, if you missed any of the previous part kindly read them here – part 1 , part 2

Have you ever heard the term SMART goals?

I am almost certain you have. However for the avoidance of doubt let me explain what it means.

S – Specific

M- Measurable

A – Agreed Upon

R – Relevant

T – Time bound

Getting it right from the start – Part 3

Your goal must be specific, for instance when you say

‘ I want to lose weight’

This is not a goal because it is not Specific, measurable, Agreed upon, Relevant and time bound (SMART). Let me give you an example of a SMART goal

“At the end of 2017, I want to lose 40kg”

“At the end of 5 years I want to graduate as an Electrical Engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife with  2nd Class Upper division”

Observe something very interesting about the way the goals above are written- they are SMART.

You could try it too, pick out a line from your dream, imagine what you should have achieved in 5 years, 1 year etc and make out a SMART goal from it.

That said, let me state here that a goal is almost useless, if you are not willing to have a carefully thought out written down plan of action.

Getting it right from the start – Part 3

Note, the plan of action must be carefully thought out and then written down. Unlike the dream where you can draw on imagination, to prepare a plan you need to do some research. You might need to study books, browse the internet get advice from knowledgeable people . It would be painstaking but you can be assured that a great plan is always worth the stress.

For instance, if you want to lose 40kg by the end of 2017. You should have a plan on the kind of food you would eat. The amount of time you would invest in exercise etc

If you want to graduate as an electrical engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University with a second class upper division. It implies you must BE in the said university studying Electrical Engineering. Then you need to know what it takes to graduate with a 2:1, and have a plan on how to get it.

I learnt something a while back,

“Success is automatic if you have a great plan and stick to it”

Getting it right from the start – Part 3

There is really no use coming this far if you are unwilling to commit to do all that is required. A dream is important but it remains a dream until you create a SMART goals to achieve it. A goal is useless until you create a well thought out plan to achieve it. And a plan will fail if you do not stick to it.

Thanks for joining me in this discussion. I would love to read you comment, please feel free to use the comment box below.

Welcome to your best year ever.

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