Defining a goal is dependent on perspectives. To some it is a dream, could be an aim, probably a vision or maybe an objective. To business owners, it can be meeting sales target or a deadline.
As defined by ImeyQuotes – “A goal is a thought with the intentions of becoming a reality.”
The year 2020 was filled with unforeseen circumstances and it put lots of people into depression because it prevented the goals of many from becoming a reality.
Kemi is an entrepreneur and at the beginning of year 2020, she set a goal of meeting a sales target of 70%, then in March, there was a shift in reality and Kemi couldn’t keep up because she had dedicated steps to realizing her goals and the change in reality put her goals to an abrupt stop.
Lets look at the case of Wale who is also an entrepreneur. He regularly redefines his goals to align with the present reality to enable him change his objectives when necessary to meeting his targets.
What is a SMART Goal?
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous.
Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress toward the accomplishment of the goal.
Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve.
Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your life purpose.
Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency.
Our focus is on R – Realistic!
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Back to reality, there are three important things to focus on when setting realistic goals and it has nothing to do with limiting yourself but understanding your limits and how to be creative to managing the situation.
1. Are the goals reachable ?
Importantly, know that realistic goals must be specific and timely!
Firstly, write out your goals; Remember, a goal is a thought with the intentions of becoming a reality! Writing them down means you will be specific and there will be a time frame.
“Perceive reachable goals as something you can achieve with your current resources without feeling overwhelmed.” – ImeyReach
If you want a university degree, you will have to think about the exams, stress and commitment to achieving that goal, the overwhelming thoughts can be discouraging and fearful; that is because it requires resources, a new process to achieve.
You cannot be in Year 3 with the resources of Year 1, that is an unreachable goal! Learn to break down your long term reachable goals to smaller units that you currently have the resources to achieve, then you graduate from there.
2. Can you commit to achieving the goals?
In January 2021, Femi set a goal of writing daily contents about his business online. Despite his busy schedule, he was able to commit to posting daily.
However, after 10 days of posting contents, Femi was already exhausted and thought of quitting. Is Femi committed ?
In defining a realistic goal, commitment is key and Femi is not because he wasn’t setting a realistic goal from the onset. What can Femi do ? As a busy person, he should review his schedule and try posting 4 times a week. At the end of the week, he should do another review to check his progress. Commitment is key to achieving realistic goals.
3. Are the goals aligned with current reality ?
Asides from having the resources to achieve your goals, one important thing most people get to ignore is the environment they plan to actualize those goals. Sometimes, there are unforeseen circumstances just like Covid-19.
Reality check is important and it should be done regularly to monitor a goal’s progress and to know if it is threatened.
Ask yourself questions like;
What has changed in my environment (current reality)?
Is the change supporting my goals or not ?
If yes, how can I utilize the advantage?
If no, what are the immediate reachable goals that can mitigate this change?
Are my objectives versatile; open to change?
These questions will definitely help with knowing the position of your goals in current reality.
Don’t feel overwhelmed and don’t quit on your goals. When you realize you have unrealistic goals, instead of dumping, you could just shelf them. With that you can always review, revisit, revise and reset.