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Design your Life with Goal Setting

Hi Everyone, I’m so glad that you are joining me today and 26th January is a special day in India as The Constitution of India is the supreme law in India which came into force on this day in the year 1950 & it is celebrated as the Republic Day in India.

The constitution of India is the framework for political principles, procedures, and powers of the Government which is a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization. & it provides its citizens with six fundamental rights & recently, the Right to Privacy has also been added to fundamental rights.

So I was wondering what if each one of us has this kind of a written instrument that designs our life which drives self-commitment, actionable steps, and focused to achieve what we want to do in our life for growth and success

Now that after New Year, we’re all back “at work” (whether that’s in an office or at home), fully immersed in getting back into the swing of things we do every day, I want you to pause and reflect did you do your goal setting for the year? Yes friends, if you want success then you need to set goals with a clear focus to design your life the way you wanted to be.

Think about it? 2021 can be a year of great growth if you design your life with goal setting

Mark Twain says Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here. Our existence should have meaning & purpose.

Mahatma Gandhiji says “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” Then how will you move towards success?

By the way, there have been numerous studies on Goal setting and it says only 10 percent of the population in the world have goals and only about 2 percent actually write them down.

So why does this happen – there are many reasons guys…let me step back a little…& share my experience ….

  • Those days Govt has a 5-year plan developed, executed, monitored & reported back to people…all our elders would discuss it, however, this was never thought to many of us to apply in our life when we were growing or was never discussed in our family that we need to have a goal year on year to see progress.

  • Our education system is another reason – I didn't come across in my schooling or college days about goals and it was only about tests, exams, homework …even now it is the same for my children too.

  • It could be that we are not serious about goal setting - when I talk to a few of my family members, friends or colleagues they shove it off as that’s not a priority at all.

  • Few come to me and say we don’t know how to do it and that was true in my case for a few years back and

  • Lastly what I observe when I’m coaching people - they don’t want to write their goals with fear of failure or rejection and they only worry about what if it not happening and I question back asking what if it happens? I subtly say them to watch the movie `Bucket list’ and come back to share their opinion. Yes, the movie is about– where Two men who meet undergoing cancer treatment. They embark on a journey together with the goal of doing as many things on their 'wish list' before they die.

Don’t you want to reflect on your life now and see how it should be?

Let me tell you why it is important to write and I’m sure you would have come across many people making resolution during the new year or on their birthday and let me tell you 92% of the people never achieve their goal as they are not clear on what they want to do nor they would have thought end result in mind.

So friends, If you don’t know what you want to do or where you want to go, no advice on the path is ever going to be helpful.

So, if you are in that situation and asking “which road to take” then it is time for you to think. How?

I’m glad you heard me till now and I know for sure you are curious to know what is Goal setting?

Goal setting is the first step & if you are started then you are already making 50% progress toward success. It's when you will make a conscious effort to move from a passive state to being active in your life. Setting goals is the key for you to drive to your desired destination.

Your goals force you to take more action & applying SMART goals will make your goals powerful. I will come back to SMART goals which is a framework…before that, I want to tell you how I do my goal setting. I list all that I want to aspire in my life and that could be my dream, desire whatever I want to achieve and then I prioritize each one and make a conscious decision by when I want to achieve them…either in One year, 3 or 5 or 10 years.

Next step I distribute them in 5 categories called `The wheel of Life’ to have balance and achieve goals across all paths of my life. The sample details are given below:

You can design your wheel of life in the way you want and that’s unique to you as one of my students said he wants to add a spiritual element to his wheel of life and one of my colleagues mentioned he wants to work towards contributing to society and another one was saying about training his mind and emotional health…so it's up to you how you want to design your wheel of life and whats important is Your goals should contribute towards achieving your “Major Life Purpose” in life…so its good to have a larger picture.

I hope you are clear now why you need to balance your goal thru the wheel of life as when one aspect of your life becomes the focus and the others are neglected, the wheel is out of balance and the aim of goal setting is to see you succeed in all walks of life.

Ok go ahead doing these 2 exercises, i.e., Prioritizing all the goals listed and distributing them in the wheel of life.

The last one is to evaluate your goals. I evaluate by putting it in SMART Way and that makes your goal concrete and clear to achieve it. So let's look at the meaning of SMART goals...

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym and the explanation is as given below:

If you can write a goal that fits each of these criteria, you’ll have a SMART goal that is sure to be much more beneficial than a regular goal.

Benefits of Goal Setting

There are many benefits with Goal setting – It gives you clear direction and helps you prioritize what is important. It also boosts your confidence with focus and a sense of control over your future. You gain a purpose with utmost satisfaction while you work toward your goals, Many guests on my podcast and successful leaders that I have interacted with are strongly goal-oriented.

So go ahead making your goal setting a priority to take control of your life with laser focus as it creates accountability for yourself in what you do to get maximum result and reach new heights with success and definitely it will motivate you to take more challenges and scale in life and celebrate your success and achievements by rewarding yourself.

Wrapping Up - Your future depends on what you do today, so Take Action Now! To design your life with SMART goal setting in the wheel of life for 2021 to grow and succeed.

As always, I look forward to your action, do let me know how you applied this piece of learning to up your life, and would be happy to see your response & feedback in the comment box below.

Wishing you again a Happy Republic Day!

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