Growing up you have always been expected to meet targets. Your parents forcing you to do well in school or that job which requires you to hit ten sales a month just to stay hired. You see where I’m going with this, don’t you..?
Why let people set targets for you? How will you improve or strive for more without being committed yourself? If you're given a target make your own so you can challenge yourself - so when you excel, people will notice.
Goals fuel your focus, it's human nature to accomplish what you set out to do. It gets you up in the morning to start your day and get shit done!
Picture your goals as your final destination and put it into a sat-nav, you will be met by traffic, diversions and obstacles because every journey you take in life (and especially in London) is a chore in itself. But the end result is always the same, you will reach your destination and the reason I say this is because you will encounter problems which may be; the lack of expertise or people around you. So always back up the execution with your own research, knowledge and experience.
You will learn from mistakes, develop from learning and keep excelling to be the best.
To accomplish your goals it will always take time, practice and development. You can't expect things to always fall into place. Setting goals are the start of your journey and once you have accomplished your goal that is the fruits of your labour and then you start over.
Using the acronym “SMART” to set targets, plans and goals has been drilled into me from a very young age, it's constantly used in the workplace, so I don’t see it being outdated anytime soon. There are many interpretations so pick which works for you.
A clearly defined goal which provides a good direction for you to head in.
My personal pick is measurable as I want to evaluate my progress.
Find something which motivates you and fuels your passion to do well.
Follow the direction of where you want your life and career to take.
Having a sense of urgency means you want to complete it faster.
You have something to refer back to and remind you if you forget them. Just like any idea or thought you have, I have got into the habit of writing them down so it can be applied to new content, business ventures or even something I want to do next. Use words like “I will” and “I will become” because you need to have the right mentality to accomplish goals.
Writing goals means you don’t divert from your journey and continue heading in the right direction.
I have gone through every possible path after leaving school. I went to Sixth Form, College, Apprenticeship and even University just to try out new things and find out what interests me and what I want to do with my life. I take on all the opportunities which arise and build on the ideas I think of - why? Because I want to broaden my experience, build new ventures and develop my knowledge!
One of the biggest obstacles being a young employee is the lack of experience and the constant roadblocks to back up your points or ideas. So by setting a clear and defined goal for myself, it acted as a vehicle that drove me to meet the expectations of people around me and more importantly, smashed my own expectations.
Just like writing down your goals if you don’t act upon them you will never start. You need to structure how you go from A to B first. Then you want to evaluate every few weeks and make sure you take the time to do that. Check off your plan and remind yourself of where you’re heading, you're not only one step closer but it will give you the extra boost to get there quicker. Hard work pays off, period.
You will always divert from your end goal, life gets in the way and problems arise. But know you’re always heading in the right direction. Life changes all time and circumstances can change, if that's the case re-evaluate your goals and make them fit your life because you never know where and when a different opportunity can come - just make sure you're the one making the decisions for your future and happiness.
If you create smaller goals or different checkpoints which allows you to have an incentive, do it? Do what motivates you to reach a goal so you never lose your drive and determination. Once you hit it, make a new one, make it big, make it weird? Just get it done!
Bridge your own success now, rather than later.
Written by Trevor Harwood
Chief Operating Officer, Bridge The Moon
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