A Fool-Proof Formula for Easy Understanding of Individual/Personal Goals

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A ship sails to the direction set by a sailor,

Imagine that a ship is allowed to move in the ocean, with engine on and all parts of it working perfectly. Every thing is on track ,but the destination to reach is not set.

The ship is just left in the sea with no sailor and no fixed destination,where will the ship go ?

Yes, rightly guessed, the ship can go anywhere in any direction,not knowing where to reach.

A person who is heading in life without goals,is like the ship without a sailor and fixed destination.

We all wants to find ways to better ourselves as we try to move towards continuous self-development to be able to become a better person and achieve more.

The best way to start out on the road to personal development is to set SMART(Specific,Measurable,Achievable ,Realistic and Time bond) goals and work hard to achieve those goals regardless of our circumstances.

These goals that we set for ourselves is the Personal Goal.

Setting SMART personal goals for self is as important in our life as assigning a sailor to the ship who will take the ship to its destination.

People set all kinds of goals in life; someone you know might have some serious fitness goals, while someone else might have business goals or social goals.

Personal goals are set to grow and mature as a person, develop new skills to be successful professionally, and practice compassion and gentleness to have a fulfilling family life.

Goal setting is a process that not only helps us to get better results but also to feel motivated and take responsibility for our actions.

It makes us accountable for our own mistakes and failures instead of putting the burden on society, culture, or the people that surround us.

Personal goals can be in terms of Self development, Professional Success, Family Life or Life as a Whole.

How to Set Personal Goals ?

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After understanding the importance of setting personal goals let us dwell on understanding How to set Personal Goals.

Let’s answer a few basic questions-

  • What do I want out of life?
  • What kind of family life do I imagine?
  • What are my career aspirations?
  • Doing What , makes me happy and satisfied?

Once we have answers to these important questions, we will be able to set personal growth, family, work, and life goals easily. 

Starting to Set Personal Goals

You can set your goals on a number of levels:

  • First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 10 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
  • Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals.
  • Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.

This is why we start the process of setting goals by looking at your lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that we can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.

Defining and Setting Lifetime Goals

The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your life as a whole or may be till a particular age in future. Setting lifetime goals gives you the direction that guides you in all other aspects of your decision making.

Let’s try to set goals in some of the following categories related to your life-

  • Career – Where you are in the career at present, and What level do you want to reach in your career ? Answer to this question will guide you to take actions accordingly.
  • Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?
  • Education – Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals?
  • Family – What values do you want to plant in your family ? Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner or by members of your extended family?
  • Artistic – Are you good at some artistic work ?Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? If yes, then take action.
  • Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? (If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.)
  • Physical – Are there any athletic goals that you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Pleasure – How do you want to enjoy yourself? (You should ensure that some of your life is for you!)
  • Public Service – What do you do to support the society and how do you want to see your society to be ? If so, how?

Spend some time thinking about  these things, and then select one or more goals in each category that best reflect what you want to do. Then consider narrowing again so that you have a small number of really significant goals that you can focus on.

As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or employers might want.

Set Smaller Goals

Once you have set your lifetime goals, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan.

Then create a one-year plan, six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals. Each of these should be based on the previous plan.

Then create a daily To-Do-List of things that you should do today to work towards your lifetime goals.

At an early stage, your smaller goals might be to learn more by reading books and gather information on the achievement of your higher level goals. This will help you to improve the quality and purpose of your goal setting.

Finally, review your plans, and make sure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life.

Stay on Track

Always be on track , review and update your To-Do List on a daily basis to make corrections and follow up your progress.

Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience. (A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a computer-based diary.)

To be on track and motivated towards your goal make a habit to listen to the Earl Nightingale’s speech Daily ( This is a life changing Video that will always push you be on track towards your goal)

Hear’s the link- https://youtu.be/NbBHR_CD56M


A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART technique of goal setting.

  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

For example, instead of having “to sail around the world” as a goal, it’s more powerful to use the SMART goal “To become the CEO of a Company by December 31, 2037.” .Thus If I have to attain my long term goal in the next 20 years, I will have to start taking small steps every day keeping the end goal in mind.

Belive me “We Become what we think to become if we continuously take action towards it”


What We need to do ?-

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For Personal Growth

Learn more– Learn every day by reading books or experiencing new things

Be a great listener– Listening is Knowing and it is the most important skill for learning.Be a patient listener.

Wake up early– Early rising sets your pace for the day and it helps you get time for even such things that you otherwise neglect.

Let go of the past and Focus on Present Keeping Future in Mind– Past is past,just learn lessons from your past and do not carry it with yourself.

Be more creative and Travel Where ever you can– Travel adds to your experience and helps yo make new contacts,try to have this opportunity garbed whenever it comes your way. Traveling adds to your creative skills

Take care of your health and practice Compassion– Health is everything, always take care of it and have compassion for others.

Personal Work Goals

Focus more on being proactive rather than reactive– Reacting to situations is not always the solution, always plan in advance and be proactive.

Learn the art of conflict resolution– Conflict resolution is an art and need to be learned by practice.

Learn how to manage time– Time management is very important and it helps you be on track. Just manage time as you manage your money.

Share your knowledge with others– Sharing knowledge helps you master the subject and you can be an expert.

Learn from your experiences and Move with others– Our daily experiences are our best teachers, be with others and keep learning.

Balance work with life– Work is important, but life is mare important ,as if you have your live on track then only you can work.

Learn New Skills and be grateful to where you are– Your world around is changing every day, so update your skills to be on track.

Personal Family Goals

Mind Your body language -This is an art Learn it.

It’s important to show others how you feel about them through your body language.

Never overlook the significance of this vital medium of communication when it comes to family.

Say By-By to procrastination

Procrastination or laziness is one of the things that keep us from achieving our goals in life. 

Make the right decisions at the right time

To grow as a family, it is important to make decisions together at the right time.

Be the volunteer and always keep family above all Relationships

Always make yourself available for family commitments and step up whenever something is needed.

Share yourself

Before you go out and share yourself with others, start it from your home

Take care of each other’s health

Go on a walk together every day or plan a workout routine to stay fit and healthy.

Plan a vacation

Every now and again plan a fun vacation to enjoy quality time with family members.

Keep your willpower Boosted

Strong willpower helps us in achieving our life goals and it can be increased by creating strong habits.

Get rid of stress and its causes

Stress can become a major hindrance to growth as it wears us down and we start procrastinating.

Limit your limitations

Never let the limitations in your life hinder your progress. 

Keep evaluating your life from time to time

Evaluate your successes and failures and reflect on what you have learned from the

Get along with yourself

Your strengths and your flaws are what make you unique; accept them and put them to good use. 

Set high standards

To improve your quality of life, it’s imperative to set higher standards.

Strive for financial stability

Although money can’t buy happiness, having peace of mind in life that you’re financially stable is a key ingredient of content and satisfaction.

Have a trusted circle of friends

Friends are an important part of life and having a small but trusted circle of friends helps us in venting out our problems and getting sincere advice.

Keep ties with relatives

We often find no time for distant relatives and as a result, those relationships dissolve with the passage of time.


Life throws us challenges every now and again.

Each one of us comes across difficult times in life but these events are not meant to break us; in fact, we can actually learn a lot from these challenges and grow spiritually and emotionally into a better human being. Challenges are the indicator of progress and opportunity.

One has to make deliberate and continuous efforts to improve themselves in order to be successful in life. Success is just a conscious effort towards a predefined goal in life.

More Tips for Setting Your Goals

The following broad guidelines will help you to set effective, achievable goals:

  • State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Execute this technique well” is a much better goal than “Don’t make this stupid mistake.”
  • Be precise – Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you’ll know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.
  • Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
  • Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
  • Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control!In business, these reasons could be bad business environments or unexpected effects of government policy. In sport, they could include poor judging, bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck.If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals, and draw satisfaction from them.

Set realistic goals – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions.

It’s also possible to set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way, or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.

when you Achieved Your Goals

When you’ve achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement, and observe the progress that you’ve made towards other goals.

If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately. All of this helps you build the self-confidence you deserve.

With the experience of having achieved this goal, review the rest of your goal plans:

  • If you achieved the goal too easily, make your next goal harder.
  • If the goal took a dispiriting length of time to achieve, make the next goal a little easier.
  • If you learned something that would lead you to change other goals, do so.
  • If you noticed a deficit in your skills despite achieving the goal, decide whether to set goals to fix this.

Example Personal Goals

For her New Year’s Resolution, Suresh has decided to think about what he really wants to do in his life.

His lifetime goals are as follows:

  • Career – “To be Zonal Manager of the Company that I work for.”
  • Artistic – “To keep working on my Leadership skills. Ultimately I want to rise the ladder with my experience.”
  • Physical – “To run a marathon.”

Now that Suresh has listed his lifetime goals, he then breaks down each one into smaller, more manageable goals.

Let’s take a closer look at how he might break down her lifetime career goal – becoming CEO of her Company:

  • Five-year goal: “Become Zonal Manager Manager.”
  • Three Year Goal- To become a Regional Manager
  • One-year goal: “Achieve highest sales in all India for the new products.”
  • Six-month goal: “Look back to my training and finish learning the product knowledge and improve competitor’s knowledge.”
  • One-month goal: “Talk to the current Regional Manager to determine what skills are needed to do the job.”
  • One-week goal: “Book the meeting with the Regional Manager.”

As you can see from this example, breaking big goals down into smaller, more manageable goals makes it far easier to see how the goal will get accomplished.


Goal setting is an important method for:

  • Deciding what you want to achieve in your life.
  • Separating what’s important from what’s irrelevant, or a distraction.
  • Motivating yourself.
  • Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals.

Set your lifetime goals first. Then, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan. Keep the process going by regularly reviewing and updating your goals. And remember to take time to enjoy the satisfaction of achieving your goals when you do so.

If you don’t already set goals, do so, starting now. As you make this technique part of your life, you’ll find your career accelerating, and you’ll wonder how you did without it!

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