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The Power of Goal setting: Learn to harness the power of goal setting

Updated on May 2, 2012
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The Power of Goal setting: Learn to harness the power of goal setting
The Power of Goal setting: Learn to harness the power of goal setting

The Power of Goal Setting

“If you want to be happy set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

Andrew Carnegie – The richest man in America in the early 1900s

According to Nick James – Internet Information Marketer; “A goal is nothing more than a name given to something we want to get benefit from.”

Goal setting gives you insight, direction and impetus to what you want to get done or achieve. Goal setting is a skill that when mastered will help you to achieve more and become successful in your completion drive. As a thinking and doing tool it enable you to develop as a thinker and doer. It helps you to us both parts of the brain because it allows developing strategies, process, tactics and focus to your dreams, intentions and ideas.

In this section we’ll look as the following:

SMART Goal Setting

Additional Ingredient to make SMART Goals Work

SMART Goal Setting

SMART is an acronym for goal setting strategy which describes the step you need to achieve the result you desire. It helps you to work through clear goals and outcomes since they are written outlines for plan of action.

In setting SMART goal you start with the ain in mind. An aim is an objective, a marker, an outcome on the way to final achievement. Each outcome is made consists of sub-outcomes which helps on the journey to the final achievement. An end is the final outcome or goal.

According to the SMART model your goal should be:


A short, specific, simple description of the outcome you want.


Goals should be measurable, meaningful to you. There should be more than one way to achieve it.


Describe the goals in the present tense, as if they are happening now and are achieve able.


Your goals should be responsible, realistic and right for you


State a time frame in which you will achieve your goals.

Source: Coombes, F (2008), Teach Yourself: Self Motivation, Hodder Education London

To be excellent i anything you do, you your goal must be to become conscious of your thinking processes and actions you take that spring from them. Always evaluate your results and seek opportunities for improvement.

Additional Ingredient to make SMART Goals Work

Having set the your goal using the SMART Method, you need to look into these three important ingredients that will help you to chat your goal to completion;

· Means

· Motives

· Opportunity


Make sure you have the required skill, time, money and special knowledge that will help you to achieve your goal.


How motivated are you to see your goal to the end? Staring is one thing that commitment and determination to hang to your dream despite the difficulties along te way is very important. You should be prepared not to waiver or distracted from your goal and to follow through until completion.


In looking at the opportunity facing you, think in terms of the benefit that will result from taking this action and this will have the magic of sustaining your curiosity to hanging on. You need to have the power to influence the outcome of you goal and also the flexibility to tailor the outcome to suit the demands in the case of changing situations in the operational process.


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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      It is a fact that goal setting gives us insight and direction. I can't imagine living without a goal to achieve. Can there be a plan without a goal?

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      Ben 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you ubanichijoke for your comments!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      You have done well sir. It is very true that any individual in any field who fail to plan, have a target in life will always remain stagnant. Life is all about positive endeavors & a planless man is always a failure. Thank you