1. Set realistic timelines
Ensure that you are not overestimating and over-promising when it comes to setting goals. Setting goals that need you to over-extend yourself, and yet not achieve are not the kind of goals you should be setting. Set goals that you know you can achieve in the given time. This will add to your accomplishments and keep you motivated as time goes by.
Setting feasible goals also involves specifying your ultimate goal. So take the time to establish what the big picture is for your career or your company. This will help you break down the long-term goals in order to set short-term ones. There is a difference between ‘being successful’ and ‘reaching a designation’. Where the former is vague, the latter is specific. Once you have specified your final goal, it is easy to identify the smaller steps that need to be taken to move towards it. Setting and achieving short-term goals will keep you focused and on-track to achieve the next target, and then the next, and ultimately reach your long-term goals.
2. Set realistic goals
Be sure to not only set goals that can be achieved in a given timeframe, but also set goals that you can achieve. This is especially true for short-term goals. While goals are meant to push you to do better, they should also complement your skills. If you need to achieve something that is not in your current skill set, then acquiring that skill should be your first short-term goal. You can not cross the river if you do not know how to swim or ride a boat. If you set goals that do not complement your skills, you will find yourself struggling to achieve something you don’t know how to achieve.
3. Be consistent
Being consistent in working towards your short-term and long-term goals is just as important as setting them. Life will always get in the way and procrastination will possibly prove to be the biggest enemy of your success. But being consistent will ensure you keep moving forward even strengthens your will to confidently move forward towards your goals.
4. Review and revise
While it is very important to identify your goals, it is even more important to keep yourself updated on what needs to be done to achieve them. Circumstances, priorities, and more will continuously fluctuate and evolve, so your goals, whether short-term or long-term goals, need to evolve as well. So ensure that you regularly review your progress and revise your goals if required. Do what needs to be done to strengthen your pace to reach your goals.
Setting goals is subjective to your individual capabilities, dedication, and inner will. These points will help you short-term and long-term goals that will help you to keep moving forward so that the work you do today will give you the results you want in the future.