The Importance of Goal Setting

“I’m going to do it, I’m going to make the change. I’m going to do it, I’m going to make a difference. I’m going to do it, I’m not going to quit.”

Setting goals is an important part of success. Whether it is sport, family, work or hobbies, to achieve something beyond the norm, there needs to be the target you aim for or the level you set your sights on. Then, you do everything you can to get there.

Personal Experience

I can tell you from personal experience that having goals through my life has made me the person I am today, I have Taekwondo to thank for my first serious goals.

It started with transitioning from white to yellow belt. I was 8 years old and this was probably one of my first big achievements. I had some great moments at school and home, but Taekwondo was something that I worked hard at and nothing could beat that reward of a new bright belt being wrapped around my waist and my instructor calmly telling me “Well done!”.

From there, it became a roller coaster of achievements and occasional setbacks. It is easy for children to become distracted in day to day activities and for school work to become monotonous and even at times dull. I know that I was more capable of getting my school work done because of the discipline learnt at Taekwondo.

Goals give you Focus

Goals give you FOCUS

“Goals give you a single distinct point to place your attention, they give you focus on what exactly to spend your time and energy on. Think of your time, energy and efforts as input, and results as the output. A goal acts as your funnel which guides and channels those inputs effectively into your desired output.” – http://personalexcellence.co/blog/why-set-goals/

Having a goal each school term gave me focus and drive to accomplish daily and weekly routines. I always wanted that next belt, I always wanted to be stronger, faster and smarter so that I could move up a level.

To achieve MORE, you need to do MORE

As Dad and I got higher in the ranks of Taekwondo we started training more often, attending more classes to help push our goals further along and ensure that we graded as often as we could. This lesson was very important for me and it sounds simple the way I put it, but this often needs to spoken out loud to get the point across. To achieve more, you need to do more.

When we received our brown belts (which is a senior rank in our club), we knew we needed to train more often to keep up with the demands. This was an important lesson for me to learn, which I applied with other aspects of my life. If I had important tests coming up at school, I needed to study more.

When I have important events coming up, I need to give them more attention to ensure they get done. Days when I need more money for whatever reason, I am the one who needs to work longer and harder to ensure I have the resources to do what I want to do. It is as simple as that, without the right amount of effort, I will not achieve what I set out to do.

There are setbacks

There are setbacks, don't be surprised

It doesn’t always work, there are setbacks as stated earlier, but it is your reaction to these setbacks that determines what the outcome will be. If you rollover and accept these forced circumstances, it will be IMPOSSIBLE to move forward and out of any rut you may have fallen into. If you find yourself unable to set a goal, or feel like you constantly don’t achieve the ones you set out, you could need some outside help. Don’t be afraid to seek it! You may find yourself in a constant circle which won’t move you to the place you want to be in life.

If you aren’t sure where to start, there is nothing wrong with asking for help! Trainers and instructors at Power With Purpose can be of great assistance to you if you need help setting and achieving some initials goals.

Taekwondo still drives me forward to this day. I am hopeful to be grading to my 5th Dan Black Belt at the end of 2016, having not graded since 2011, I am confidently nervous (does that even make sense?). Maybe I will see you at the grading? I hope so.

Basic Tips

Here are some basic tips to goal setting.

Specific:

Goals are no place to waffle. They are no place to be vague. Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results. Incomplete goals produce incomplete futures.

Measurable:

Always set goals that are measurable. I would say “specifically measurable” to take into account our principle of being specific.

Achievable:

One of the detrimental things that many people do—with good intentions—is setting goals that are so high that they are unattainable.

Realistic:

The root word of realistic is “real.” A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make “real” or a “reality” in our lives. There are some goals that are simply not realistic. You have to be able to say, even if it is a tremendously stretching goal, that yes, indeed, it is entirely realistic—that you could make it. You may even have to say that it will take x, y and z to do it, but if those happen, then it can be done. This is in no way to say it shouldn’t be a big goal, but it must be realistic.

Tips to goal setting

Timely:

Every goal should have a timeframe attached to it. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end—a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. As time goes by, you work on it because you don’t want to get behind, and you work diligently because you want to meet the deadline. You may even have to break down a big goal into different parts of measurement and timeframes—that is OK. Set smaller goals and work them out in their own time. A S.M.A.R.T. goal has a timeline.

– See more at: http://www.success.com/article/rohn-4-tips-for-setting-powerful-goals#sthash.n6Tx2HIY.dpuf