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“Dreams are wonderful, but they are not enough. It’s not sufficient to have a brilliant painting of the desired result. To erect a magnificent structure one must also have a step-by-step blueprint of how to lay the foundation, support the structure, and so on. And for that we need goals.”

 

Jim Rohn
 

In our irregular series on setting goals, we have been outlining the characteristics of successful goals. We have been using the mnemonic SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timetable.

Today we examine the last of these: giving your goals a timetable.

The difference between a dream and a goal is a timetable for their achievement. A dream says ‘I would like this sometime’ while a goal defines what it is you want and sets a date for its achievement.

If you do not set a date for a goal’s achievement, you will be able to put it off and the urgency and purposefulness is lost. We need to define when we want to reach our destination.

Setting a timeframe once again requires you to be honest with yourself. You will know when you can realistically reach where you want to be. Give yourself a quiet time to think alone and you will understand when your goals can be reached.

You may well have goals in various areas of your life (family, career, sport and so on) upon which you will want to work one at a time. This means you need to have an overall holistic view of your goals in order to set a timetable that allows for the achievement of them all.

Long and Short Term Goals

It is no good having just big goals you want to achieve in, say, ten years’ time. The key is to set these long-term goals but also to have short-term goals that will build up to the bigger achievements.

The reason for having these ‘baby step’ goals is to keep your motivation going. When the going gets tough (as it should, or your goals are not stretching you enough) big goals can seem very far away and it is easy to lose your words of motivation to get you there. If you have smaller, more achievable goals your gradual success will keep your momentum going.

In his book, ‘See You at The Top,’ Zig Ziglar put it this way: “The only way to reach your long-term goals is through achieving short-term objectives. Keep your eye on your major objective, but remember as you reach your daily objectives you are getting closer and closer to those long-range goals.”

He also wrote, “It is so important as you set and seek any goal, to arrange it so you can enjoy some success of some kind virtually every day,”

Jim Rohn suggests setting goals for 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years to ensure you have a good spread between the goals. As he said, “The key here is to develop a balance between shorter-term and longer-term goals.”

If you have too many short-term goals than maybe you are not dreaming big enough. If you have too many long-term goals you should look for some smaller goals to give you the words of motivation you need or perhaps break down some baby step goals that will drive you towards your ultimate aim.

You may have a goal to become an internationally renowned concert pianist but can barely play ‘Chopsticks’ now (like me!). It is clear that your main goal is not going to be achieved overnight but it could be possible in five or ten years’ time. To help you move in the right direction (and stay motivated) you might set shorter-term goals such as ‘find a top piano teacher,’ ‘get my piano exams,’ ‘play to my family,’ ‘play in the local community centre’ and so forth.

Having a list of short-term goals leading to the larger goals will build the excitement, make you feel you are on you way to where you want to be and will give you the words of motivation you need to keep the momentum, going. One day you will suddenly realise your life has improved in line with your wildest dreams.
 

“In the game of life you will discover, as you set your goals and unlock your own mind, that the world will unlock its treasures and rewards to you.”
 

Zig Ziglar
 
 

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