To get anywhere, you need to have an end goal, a destination. What is the point of getting in the car if you do not know where you want to go. You will drive around aimlessly, wasting time and wasting fuel. Before you commit to using time and energy you need to know what your goal is and where you were going. Ask yourself, what do I want to get out of what I am doing right now?
“Time is a very precious and finite resource, some are blessed with more than others. “
Having a clear having a clear destination or goal will help determine how you spend and use your resources. Time is a very precious and finite resource, some are blessed with more than others. But regardless of how much we have available, we must be diligent with how we spend it. Physical and mental energy are also limited resources. Depending on the size and complexity of the task, goal or destination, your physical and mental energy can be taxed very hard and very quickly. Your ability to execute, to analyse, and make critical decisions are your greatest tools for achieving your goals, completing your tasks, and getting to your destination. Be efficient with your execution and analysis. Know your capabilities.
There are many other tools available to you, and they’re not as important as your ability to act or think, but they are definitely helpful and potentially critical to achieving your goal. These tools come in many forms from the physical to the metaphysical. Physical things like money, cars, actual tools, and clothing etc., to the metaphysical, your style, personality, the ability to persuade and charm etc. etc. This is not an exhaustive list, there are millions of tools that you could utilise. As you go through life, you will discover and learn new tools to place in your toolkit. Your toolkit is your resource.
“It will help you utilise your time efficiently and how you use your tools to complete your short-term tasks. Moving towards achieving that higher goal.”
Now you have somewhat of an idea of your capacity to complete tasks and achieve goals based on your capabilities and resources. You can begin planning your strategy to help you get to where you need to go. Knowing your capacity is going to be helpful because it will help determine your focus in the short term. It will help you utilise your time efficiently and how you use your tools to complete your short-term tasks. Moving towards achieving that higher goal.
An effective way to plan your strategy is to ask yourself the following questions
What is my goal? – This is what success should look like.
Where am I now? – A baseline for where you are.
Where do I want to be? – A measurable target or task that is along the way towards your overall goal.
How do I get there? – The things or tasks that you need to complete in the short medium and long-term.
What is my Goal?
Picture your ultimate success, the eventual end state. Draw it, picture it in your head vividly, or write it down, just have an overall vision of what your success looks like. All your tasks are geared to realising this. Make it fucking epic!
Where am I now?
Be brutally honest with yourself right now. You are at the bottom, but having a clear picture of where you are and a clear picture of where you’re going will make it easier to identify the path that you need to take.
Where do I want to be?
Here are all your measurable tasks, short, medium and long-term. Clearly define them and make sure that they align with your overall goal.
How do I get there?
From your goals come your tasks. Your tasks help you achieve your goals. It’s simple, this is the path that you need to take.
Fleshing out these guiding questions is a pretty effective strategy for planning on how to achieve your goal. Be honest and forthright when you answer these questions as the accuracy here determines how effective plan is and how well you will perform in completing and achieving the goal.
Comprehensively understanding what your goal or destination is the first step in effective goal setting. Followed by understanding your capacity to perform, based on your resources and capabilities. Last, having a plan and utilising some guiding questions to see where you are at.
This is by no means the only way toward effective goal setting and focus, but this is a small tool set in a larger toolkit for you to achieve success.