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Achievable Goals

Achievable Goals

Achievable Goals

Goals are the starting point of all achievement. Only if your brain knows what goal to aim for, will it be able to pick out from the environment, those things that relate to it.

If you are not clear on your goals, then your mind will have nothing to act as a frame of reference and it will not know what to notice, nor what to disregard as unimportant.

Your goals define you. And you are defined by your goals.

Your goals, are not idle fantasies nor wishes. Your goals are more intelligently designed than mere wishes. Part of making your goals more intelligently designed is to ensure that they are constrained by being both achievable and realistic.

Achievable and realistic? Some people say, "What is the difference between a goal being achievable and it being realistic? Is that not just saying the same thing, twice? If a goal is achievable then isn't it realistic too, and vice versa?"

Well, you could see it that way, so let us separate the two similar concepts and make them mean different things.

  • Let us take the A of achievable and let that remind us of the word: Abilities.
  • Let us take the R of realistic and let that remind us of the word: Resources.

Achievable Goals

Let us look first at the meaning of achievable goals; Achievable by reference to your abilities. Abilities are inside the human brain; and they relate to the mind of the person who has the goal. Almost all your goals will require that you increase your mental abilities in some way. You may need to increase your skills, knowledge and understanding.

For instance, if your goal were to become a chess champion, then you would need to learn more about the strategies of chess.
If your goal was to become a business person, then you may need to improve your knowledge of finance, marketing and sales.

If your goal was to improve your relationship with your kids, then you might need to improve your understanding of what their personal goals are.

Almost all goals require an increase in skills, knowledge and understanding.

One of the reasons why you don't already have the object of your goal, is because you don't know enough yet!

So, whenever you set a goal, make a list of all the skills, knowledge and information you will need to obtain, in order to achieve the goal. Then, make it a priority to find out.

If you don't know enough, then your goal will forever elude you.

The more you learn about your goal, the more achievable it becomes.

Now let us contrast achievable with realistic.

Realistic Goals

Realistic relates to resources. Resources are things that are not in your mind, but instead are in the external environment. Resources means physical resources, those material things and people to which you will need to gain access, in order to achieve your goal.

In terms of physical resources the major sets are: Other people, money and technology.

If you have the right people around you to help you, and if you have sufficient cash to implement your plans, and if you have access to the right technology, then, you have a better chance of achieving your goal.

You will find it harder to achieve your goals if you do not have any help from good people, or access to sufficient funds, or if you do not have the right technology.

So, successful goal-setting means that you need to figure out exactly, who you need to help. Whose cooperation do you need? Make a list and then make it a priority to speak to those people on your list.

Then you need to work out how much money your goal will require to achieve it. You need to figure out how you will raise the funds. You may have to borrow it, or earn it or save it.

Then make it a priority to gain access to the funds.

Then you need to think about technology. We live in a world that is dominated by technology. Almost every goal will require you gain access to technology. Make a list of the technology that you need, and start to think about how you could get technology on your side.

Ensure your goals are feasible.

To make your goals more realisable, then you need to ensure that they are both achievable and realistic.

Achievable relates to what there is inside your head, and realistic relates to what there is outside your head.

  • Achievable means: Abilities; Skills, knowledge, information, understanding and experience.
  • Realistic means: Resources; Money, technology, other people and machines.

Your goals require that you get your head and hands around the above lists.

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You cannot achieve the goal you failed to set. So the first step to achieving your goal is to set it.
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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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