We have already talked about how planning objectives is a formal and necessary process for personal management. You all know that by setting goals on a regular basis, you decide what you want to reach and gradually move towards achieving these goals, so allow me to return to the subject to provide a guide that may be useful to you.

Getting a long-term vision

The process of setting (wise) goals and targets focused on what you can achieve in your personal life, is going to help us to know exactly what you want to do, know what you need to focus on to achieve it, and distinguish what is simply a distraction. This gives us a long-term vision and a short-term motivation. It focuses on our knowledge acquisition and helps us organize our resources. By setting goals, you will strengthen the confidence in yourself, because you acknowledge your skill and ability in achieving the goals you have set.

Goals are set at various levels: first you decide what you want to do in life and what large-scale goals you want to achieve. Secondly, you divide them into smaller goals that you must achieve during the course of your life. Finally, once you have the plan, you start working towards its realization.

Setting personal objectives

The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve during the course of your entire life, because this gives us an overall perspective that covers the rest of the aspects related to decision making. To provide comprehensive and balanced coverage of all relevant parts, try to set targets in some or all of the following categories:

  • Artistic: Do you want to achieve artistic goals? If so, what are the goals?
  • Attitude: Do you have any mental blockages that are holding you back? Are there reactions in the way you behave that make you angry? If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or to find a solution to the problem.
  • Career: What level do you want to achieve in your career?
  • Education: Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in detail? What information and skills will you need to achieve other goals?
  • 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 your partners or by members of your extended family?
  • Financial: How much do you want to earn at each stage of life?
  • Physical: Is there an athletic goal you want to achieve, or do you want to be in good health when you grow up? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Pleasure: How do you want to enjoy life? Make sure which part of your life is yours and what do you have control over.
  • Volunteer work: Do you want to make the world a better place through your existence? If so, how?

Once you’ve decided your goals in these categories, assign them a priority. Then check them out and give them a priority again until you are satisfied with the way they reflect the life you want to lead. Also make sure that the goals you set are the goals you want to achieve, not what your parents, husband or wife, family or bosses want you to be.

Some more tips

  • Point out each goal as a positive statement. Express your goals positively “Doing this technique right” is a much better goal than “Not making this stupid mistake”.
  • Write down the goals. This crystallises and strengthens them.
  • Set action points, not result points: You must set goals you have as much control over as possible. There is nothing more depressing than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control, such as bad business environments, poor situation analysis, bad weather, injury or simply bad luck. If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can maintain control over their achievement and the satisfaction they bring.
  • Set realistic goals: it is important to set goals that you can achieve. Anyone (parents, media, society …) can set unrealistic goals for you, and will do so ignoring your own desires and ambitions.
  • Do not set the level of your goals too low: people tend to do it when they are afraid of failing or are lazy. You must set goals in a way they are slightly out of your immediate reach, but not so far away that there is no hope of achieving them.

With this little help in the form of a guide, planning of objectives is much easier and more accurate, and with it, the achievement of them.