Turn Your Dreams Into Reality: Achieving Your Goals the Fastest Possible Way

by Percival J. Meris on January 31, 2010

Making Your Dreams Come True

A Scene from the Movie Pinocchio

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

– from the Walt Disney movie Pinocchio

IF YOU WANT TO TURN YOUR DREAM INTO REALITY, REMEMBER THAT WISHING IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. You have to create that dream first by making your wish dwell in your mind.

That dream, however, will remain just what it is, unless you take massive action to turn it into reality. Action must be properly structured, calculated, and directed. Such action would make 20 percent of your effort yield 80 percent of the valuable outcome.

When you decide to take action, you automatically turn your dream into a goal. However, you cannot create an effective action plan, unless you first divide and crystallize your goal into achievable objectives.

From Goal to Realization

Begin by visualizing what you want to do with your life, and decide what goals you want to achieve. Then, break these down into the smaller and smaller target goals and write them down as your objectives. For each objective formulate an action plan, and start implementing it.

1. Break Down Goals Into Specific Achievable Objectives

Goals are written statements of your desired outcomes. They are usually expressed in broad and intangible terms that do not lend themselves to some form of measurement. Unless you turn these statements into specific, measurable, and tangible objectives, you will get nowhere in your efforts to make them real.

2. Write Your Objectives the SMART Way

Objectives are more often achieved when written down. By writing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts.

The classic way of writing objectives is to use the SMART formula. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. These are the qualities that an effective objective should possess.

Specific: Write your objectives in specific terms by answering the 5 W’s of questioning. What is to be accomplished? Who are involved? When is the expected time of accomplishment? Where will it be done? Which methods are to be used? Why do want these objectives accomplished?

Measurable: Set a standard of measurement to indicate the extent or degree of accomplishment. What gets measured, gets done in terms of height, weight, dollars, inches, or hours. Otherwise, it would be difficult to know whether you have achieved your objective or not.

Attainable: The objective must be within your reach of accomplishment. If it is beyond your present reach, equip yourself with the necessary resources and skills in order to measure up to its requirements. If it is still beyond, consider revising it, so that it becomes reasonably so.

Realistic: Set the right level of challenge and difficulty for the attainment of your objectives. They should neither be too high nor too low. This means they should slightly be out of your immediate grasp, while still exerting a high level of hope and motivational force for achieving them.

Time-bound: Set a deadline for its attainment. Without a deadline, there’s no sense of urgency, and you face the risk of not being able to achieve at all.

Here is an example of a goal, converted into SMART objectives:

GOAL: To become physically fit and strong.

OBJECTIVES:

· To be able to perform 50 push-ups by July 2010.
· To be able to continuously run a distance of 10 kilometers within one hour by July 2010.

3. Formulate a Plan of Action

Formulate an action plan for each individual objective. Start by defining the steps to bring about the desired outcome, and order them chronologically. Specify the starting and completion points of time for each step, and identify the persons involved. What resources are needed to help carry out the step? How much in monetary terms will it cost? Is there a particular way of doing the step?

Consider also the possible rise of conditions that could prevent you from attaining your objectives. Include provisions for preventing them from occurring. Should your entire plan fail for some reason or another, be ready with an alternate plan to follow.

4. Implement and Monitor

Each day, focus only on a few steps at a time. “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” says Henry Ford.

Always review the fidelity of your actions to your plan. Check the direction and progress of your actions in reference to your objectives.

Any unavoidable deviation from the original plan must be viewed as adjustments, brought about by changing situations and justified only in terms of its effectiveness in attaining your objective. These situations could be the rise of an unexpected turn of events or a reflection of growth in your knowledge and experience.

Are You Achieving Your Goal?

Assuming that you have now addressed and settled the issue of an unrealistic goal, one other reason for failure to achieve goals in spite of your dedicated and diligent efforts may be a wrong choice of goal. In general, prefer to work on performance goals to outcome goals.

Your goal may be to win the championship in a car racing competition (outcome goal). This type of goal is vulnerable to failure and disappointment, because there could be certain factors that may be beyond your control. Bad weather and poor judges’ decisions are examples of these factors. Your competitor may be more deserving to win than you.

On the other hand, your goal may be to cover a particular driving distance in a given period of time (performance goal). This type of goal gives you more control over your ability to achieve, and is not dependent on extraneous factors, such as those mentioned above.

While the outcome goal is the ultimate destination of your desire, performance goals take the necessary steps to get everything in place before achieving it. With performance goals, you can keep control over the achievement of your ultimate goal and, and draw satisfaction and self-confidence from it.

.

For best results, combine goal setting with meditative visualization and affirmation techniques. This way, you harness the full power of your mind. However, action must be the main component of your efforts to achieve. Remember, success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

Without corresponding actions, no wish, no dream, no goal will ever become reality. “The secret of getting things done is to act!” says Benjamin David. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit,” says Conrad Hilton. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action,” says Benjamin Disraeli.

Now, you have achieved your goal, and made your dream come true. Take time to enjoy the satisfaction, and reward yourself appropriately.













Share

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post:


Warning: Unknown: open(/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea-php56/sess_a5gkc2ndrdvjt320johh85jve5, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea-php56) in Unknown on line 0