Think of the 787 Dreamliner airplane. What comes to mind?
The Dreamliner is a plane that was designed and is manufactured by Boeing. It has dramatically changed the air travel experience with its unparalleled fuel efficiency, flexibility as well as performance. These features have been described as “the Dreamliner Effect”.
Almost every carrier in the world owns a Dreamliner plane. It goes to say without a doubt that Boeing created a quality product with a great user experience.
Do your goals have a Dreamliner effect?
Often we set goals and resolutions at the beginning of a new year even if goals can generally be set at different times. It’s like a tradition, “the new year is here, let’s set goals to make the year a success!” Fast forward a few weeks later, and the resolutions and goals are soon shelved.
Here are some great tips you can use to set goals that actually work for you:
- Find your “why”: what is that reason that is big enough to want to achieve a specific goal or dream you have? Working your goals takes work, so your reason must be passionate and strong enough to want to go through with them.
- Identify the resources you have to fuel your goals: resources can vary from the knowledge and expertise you possess to the accessibility to people with the skill that you need, the financial aspect, and the time as well. Establish if you have the right resources for the goals you want to pursue as this helps reduce the obstacles.
- Identify the challenges you would likely experience in the journey to achieving your goals, then come up with suitable solutions. Often we have the answers to the challenges we face 80% of the time. The 20% is what can sometimes pose as a threat to stagnate the process. This step serves to reduce the possible number of obstacles you would experience and would slow you down.
- Enlist a group of support warriors: no man is an island, and it takes a village to raise a child. The same principles apply in your journey to success. It takes the right group of support warriors to keep you going. When your goals suddenly do not make sense, these are the people who will bring you back in line, they will encourage you and ask you all the right and important questions. Share your goals with them; success has never been a solo activity.
- Work with a maximum of 5 goals a year if you must and, even better, consider 3 then break them down into manageable parts. From these, decide how much time you require to put in the work, and develop a detailed action plan with every step you need to take to succeed at your goal. Planning takes time but it eliminates the excuses that would delay progress.
- Know the difference between good and great: let go that which you think you are good at and focus on that which you are great at or can be great at. Think about it this way: “if something is good, you must convince and sell it to others, if something is great, people will automatically flock to it”. (Dr. Gautam Gulati). This way, you will focus your energies in the right space and place.
- Make the decision to start: the hardest part is starting. There is never a perfect time to start; just take the first step and create momentum to achieving your goals. Waiting for the perfect time will kill your dreams. Remember that life doesn’t stop for anyone, so keep moving no matter how small the step.
- Make self-Discipline your best friend: Self –discipline is the ability to control and motivate yourself in order to stay on track to do what is right and achieve the specific results. With self-discipline, anything is possible any goal is achievable. Jim Rohn said that “unless you change how you are, you will always have what you got”. You see, motivation gets you going, but self-discipline is the fuel that keeps you on track and reminds you of the grand prize you are working towards.
- Your goals must stretch you: the goals you decide to set must be able to challenge you or have some level of difficulty. This means that you have to put in some extra effort to achieve them. The thing about challenging goals is that they help you embrace the process involved to achieve them; this is what makes you grow. Remember that process is more important than achieving the goal.
- Your goals need to be S.M.AR.T.E.R:
- Specific-clear and concise
- Measurable – to track your progress (what gets measured, gets done)
- Achievable, yet have the ability to stretch you
- Relevant (answer your “why”)
- Time Sensitive – they must have a start and finish time.
- Evaluate – your progress
- Re-adjust your goals accordingly
- Goals are not linear: every so often, you may be forced to change direction. It is also possible that a goal may have to be put on hold for some time because of circumstances beyond your control, so keep an open mind. If a goal is not working, consider a different approach, and if that does not work, do something different altogether.
- What you write doesn’t get forgotten: Write down your goals and bring them to life. Invest in a journal that helps you keep track of your milestones, challenges, and lessons. Your motivation and focus will not always be at the optimum level, but a journal helps to remind you of how far you have come to keep your momentum alive.
Like the Dreamliner effect, let your goals have a great achievement experience. Here is your free guide to setting successful goals.