Introduction: goal identification
Human life is an intentional phenomenon. Multiple purposes identify various goals and objectives of individuals, so that human beings set goals and objectives and pursue them relentlessly until success is not achieved or failure is not found. A normal individual must form some goals and pursue them until they are realized. Human life is thus a conscious struggle for multiple goals, both material and immaterial. An effective goal is achievable and shapes successful human life.
Generally, human goals fall into four categories: personal, educational, professional, and social. Personal goals are based on one’s dreams towards lifestyle and standards of living. Personal goals are unique and evolve. An important personal goal is financial freedom. Financial freedom makes someone independent from all kinds of interactive life holdings. A successful person achieves their financial goals and reviews them from time to time. It should be noted that financial freedom provides a solid foundation for multiple human goals, while the absence of financial freedom makes all goals simply unattainable. Financial subjugation is the mother of all subjugations.
Instinctively, human beings are seekers of knowledge. The formal effort toward knowledge development requires a set of educational goals. The educational objectives are clear, yet they evolve. The external environment plays a decisive role in the configuration / development of educational objectives. More specifically, educational goals are shaped by successful parents, educators, and individuals. Effective educational goals mean a successful educational career. Effective educational goals improve student academic results.
Professional life is an essential phase / aspect of human life. Financial resources are of vital importance for a comfortable life. Career goals are strengthened by our focus on the comforts of life. The pleasure-driven career goal leads to a deplorable life. On the contrary, the professional goal driven by the intellect means a better or esteemed life. A successful professional is pragmatic towards goal setting. Effective career goals lead to a better career. It shows that professionalism, a vital trait of a developed society, is embedded in all levels of collective life thanks to successful professionals.
Divinely, human beings are a social creature. They cannot live in isolation. They need interactions in their daily chores of life. Interactive life has multiple dimensions, such as blood kinship, geographic neighborhood, and ideological brotherhood. An effective interactive life requires some social ambitions. A person can pursue various social works as ideals in his life. The prominent social ideals are various community works such as the community hospital, the blood donation network, an NGO and a literacy program. The poetic vision and the humanistic tendency are invisible forces behind multiple social ideals.
Human life is a dynamic reality. It is evolving, steadily and gradually. Initially, life activities are limited to certain physical needs / comforts, overtime; it expands its area of effect through concerned human nature. The various human concerns expand one’s ability to think / act towards life choices. The life options are innumerable, they are presented as achievable possibilities, in such a way that they make the alpha and omega of human life. Divinely rooted, concerned human nature permanently selects and pursues available life options. Consequently, goals of various kinds shape individuals’ specific life patterns and determine / expand their area of effect. An effective goal is naturally dynamic and creates dynamism in life.
Goals are accomplished within a defined time frame, so the time dimension is an unavoidable aspect of effective goal setting. In addition, the inclusion of the time factor during the task completion process gives impetus to various strategies for achieving objectives. Temporarily, human goals fall into four categories: short-term, medium-term, long-term, and eternal. Short-term goals take a year or less, medium-term goals are achieved within 1 to 5 years, long-term goals take more than five years to achieve, and eternal goals are permanent and constant life goals. evolution / expansion. For example, in business life, completing a project is a short-term goal, forming a project team for multiple projects is a medium-term goal, setting up a business is a long-term goal, and, finally, a network of the socio-economic circle for success and well-being. conducting business is the permanent goal of an entrepreneur. In educational life, the annual result is a short-term learning goal, a certificate. (such as high school certificate, high school certificate, and professional diploma) it is a medium-term learning objective and a final degree program (such as undergraduate or graduate or doctoral program) is the long-term learning goal. Finally, the compatibility or synchronization of the educational career with the career of life is a permanent objective of every student. In the self-improvement effort, habit development is the short-term goal, behavior improvement is the medium-term goal, mindset refinement is the long-term goal, and self-construction is each individual’s ultimate goal. . Therefore, the time limit is an essential element to achieve multiple goals.
Goals are our visions / dreams, therefore, they are expressed in positive language with a cheerful tone. Effective objectives can be grouped into two categories: individual and institutional. At the individual level, an effective goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART). Smart people make SMART goals. At the institutional level, an effective goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, encouraging, rewarding, and team-driven (SMARTER). An effective team is the sum total of INTELLIGENT people and approximately synergistic ways to achieve objectives.
An effective goal has two contents, namely, welfare content and pecuniary content. The wellness aspect is a vital part of an effective goal. The mere absence of the wellness aspect, intentional or not, makes all of life’s goals unstable or short-lived. The content of well-being is linked to the Divine Plan of Creation, while the material content is linked to the perishing comforts of life. Qualitative superiority and quantitative inevitability of wellness content is cosmic reality. The dominant welfare content means a humanistic struggle, while the dominant mundane content means a personal struggle.
Goals vs. objectives
Generally, the terms goals and objectives are used interchangeably. However, there is a subtle difference between goals and objectives. Goals are the overall results that a person is committed to achieving, while objectives are the steps a person takes to achieve their goals. For goals, we use words (for example, the institution wants to capture the maximum market), for objectives, we use numbers (such as, the institution wants to capture 25% of the market). Goals make the individual / institution more effective, while goals make the individual / institution more efficient. Together they shape an efficient-effective individual / institution.
Plan / strategy for achieving objectives
The whole exercise of effective goal setting is facilitating / achieving success. Objectives are generally achieved if an individual,
- It starts from the possible, (Pragmatism)
- Make a personal commitment to goals, (Effective inspiration)
- Rises above fear of failure / feelings of regret, (High morale)
- Overcome procrastination, carelessness, etc. (Self-discipline)
- Set a deadline or duration for the completion of the task, (Time efficiency)
- Match objectives with tasks and durations, (Wisdom) AND
- Avoid perfectionism / distractions, (Leadership)