How Clarity Can Help You Achieve Your Goal?
So, you’re ready to set some objectives. We’ll use the example of a vacation that you’re taking by automobile to talk about objectives (imagining the station wagon from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is totally fine). The objectives you establish are similar to the final destination, the location to which you are traveling.
The short-term objectives you’ll achieve along the road will be the vehicle you’ll use to get there, but without an ultimate target, a very clear ultimate destination, you won’t go anywhere. It’s like attempting to travel to Florida on vacation and telling yourself that it’s “over there” east of you.
What Are Specific Objectives?
What are particular objectives? Let’s look at one of your objectives, since everyone who wants to be a successful entrepreneur has this goal: to earn more money. You can’t simply utilize the goals of earning more money, becoming wealthy, or achieving financial independence since such terms have no particular meaning. What will you do if you don’t know where you’re going when you get there? How will you know whether you’re heading in the right direction?
You won’t have any direction until you make your objectives precise; you won’t be able to arrive at a particular location on a map and know you’re in the correct spot unless you do. So, let’s use the desire to earn money as an example. Instead of a broad aim, try something like this: raise revenue by $10,000 each year by the end of the year, or by month 12 if you’re in the midst of the year.
So, if you check in your bank account or financial information and find that you made an additional $10,000 in the last 12 months, you’ll know whether you’ve really accomplished that objective. In addition, when you reach month six, you’ll be able to assess your progress. You’re on the right track if you’re about halfway there. If you haven’t created anything yet, you must do it in the following six months.
Aim high, like the Air Force does.
Do you realize how powerful you are? You may believe you do, but what most individuals can really accomplish differs significantly from what they believe they can achieve. You’ve undoubtedly heard the axiom: you’re correct whether you believe you can or can’t. People have set world records in sporting competitions, and experts have declared some of them the quickest or greatest the human body is capable of, only to find out later that there is a limit to what the human body is capable of because they didn’t receive the message until after they’d already broken the record.
Set greater objectives than you believe you’ll be able to accomplish. Of course, don’t set goals too high to the point of being impractical, but set them higher than you believe you’ll be able to achieve. For instance, our prior goal of earning an additional $10,000 in a year is realistic and likely attainable, depending on what you do to achieve it. It’s very unreasonable to expect to earn $100,000 in the next 12 months.
But what if your objective was to earn an additional $15,000 in a year? You may believe you’re only capable of earning an additional $10,000, but by raising the bar, you’ll have something to strive for, and even if you only make $12,000, that’s still $2000 more than your initial target.
Putting Objectives into Practice
To begin, create a list of about five objectives. The number is unimportant; it is chosen at random. What matters is that you choose enough objectives to enable you to do something significant in the following 12 months, five years, or whatever time period you choose, rather than so many goals that you won’t be able to achieve them all. Then, for each objective, you’ll devise a strategy for achieving it. We used the example of traveling to a holiday location before. That automobile represents your plan of action; it is the vehicle that will carry you all the way to the finish line, where your success awaits.
Your action plan will take you from where you are right now to the ultimate outcome, which is your objective. It will contain milestones, or locations where you can check your progress along the road, as well as specific minor objectives that you must accomplish in order to reach the main goal. It’s similar to playing a video game in that you must defeat all of the easier creatures before proceeding to the level’s final boss.
If your objective is to earn an additional $10,000 in the next 12 months, you’ll need to figure out what steps you’ll need to do. Do you intend to open an online store? Are you putting money into something? Whatever technique you choose, you’ll have a list of precise tasks to do, which will serve as the foundation for your strategy.
What if you don’t know where you’re going?
Sure, you may argue, but what if you have no idea how to arrive to your destination – or accomplish your ultimate goal? You can figure it out in a variety of ways. You may do research online or write to some of the individuals you respect and know who have achieved success, asking them how they were able to accomplish their objectives. You may read a few books or ask relatives or friends for guidance. You may do a variety of things to learn how to go from point A to point B.