A goal is a dream with a deadline – Napoleon Hill
We all have desires that we wish to fulfil. In fact, at every stage of life, we have different desires like buying a big house or a luxury car or desire to achieve professional success. But not all desires may be realistic. It is very important to convert our relevant desires to goals, so that we can work towards achieving them.
Sometimes, we may need a little counselling to help translate our desires to dreams specially youngsters may discuss their dreams with their parents or teachers.
During my school years, my biggest wish was to become an independent professional, but my desired line of work changed every time a character that I saw in a movie or a TV show impressed me, often annually and sometimes within months. I was in IX class when I zeroed in on the engineering profession and as was typical of parents in those days, my father sat me down and discussed the benefits of the medical profession, which I found too unglamorous for my taste. But we discussed the pros and cons of both the professions, the relevance of each for me and he shared with me some of his experiences as an engineer in India and other places. I also gave inputs of some other professions that I found extremely desirable like a paint artist, a writer and even air-hostess. We discussed it all and, in the end, we agreed on a plan, for me to study hard and get at least a set percentage of marks (mini goal 1), apply in AMU in science stream and with major subject either one of biology or maths and take the other one as an additional subject (mini goal 2). Give entrance exams of both the subjects, if I am unable to decide by then (mini goal 3).
Then, we took the first mini goal and planned the needed to attain it – the books, the efforts, study plan, and so on.
In simple words, setting a specific goal and then planning and implementing the steps, is what makes the desires achievable. So, the same can be applied to your bigger desires.
Your life goals are based on your desires and your personal situation.
First you create your "big picture" of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 10 years), and identify the long term goals that you want to achieve.
Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goals and write them down to make them feel tangible.
Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals.
Then plan the steps you must take to realize these mini goal, and cross off each one as you work through them.
Breaking a large goal to smaller achievable goals is a key factor in planning life goals.
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