Part 2 will examine how to evaluate goals and goal orientation. We strongly recommend you reading through part 1 first so that you can receive an intro on how to set goals.
Goal evaluation allows you to take a deeper look at how you are approaching your goal and allows you to break it down step-by-step to get there (like we are doing right now in this e-manual). Proper evaluation is extremely important to get to your end result. How you do it depends on your pre-evaluation.
Some questions to consider:
• Is this the goal I want to pursue for the long term?
• If this is the goal, how am I going to get there?
• How much do I have to save (i.e. time, money, or other resources) in order to get there?
• Do I need outside assistance (a partner) in order to reach the long term goal?
• How do I prepare to get to the goal?
• Once I get there, how do I execute?
• Do I take short term sacrifices in order to get to the long term goal?
These questions are extremely crucial to goal evaluation and the process to get started with choosing a goal. If you do not ask these questions or similar, you will be short changing yourself before you even attempt to write down your goal. The absolute thing you do not want to do is short change yourself. Where does that get you if you do? Absolutely nowhere.
Erez explains three implications to defining goals:
First, the evaluation process underlying the goal setting effect is extended to include the following components: setting goals, monitoring behavior, and evaluating goal directed behavior in reference to accomplishing goals and attaining their valued outcomes. Second, the definition of goals as standards of proficiency is no longer satisfactory because it limits the motivational concept to the dimension of magnitude or intensity. Third, goal outcomes can be evaluated differently by the person who assigns the goal and the person who works toward attaining it.
It is extremely important to do a pre-evaluation of goals before getting started because it allows you to be disciplined. Discipline is the key and first step to thinking about a goal. Having proper discipline allows you to have a great goal and a great tangible reward. Here is an example for you. If you plan on being a millionaire, how are you going to get there? The worst thing to do is gamble and hope for your chances. Most millionaires save and invest in themselves or a business until they reach their overall financial goal without anything or anyone stop them. They have envisioned what their tangible reward is and their end result is being a millionaire.
In the event of goal setting, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is extremely important and not allowing anything or anybody stop you from seeing it. I cannot stress this enough!! Do not allow anyone tell you that you cannot accomplish your goals. If they do, then that person has failed without even doing their proper preparation to get there. Furthermore, they are scared of the chance of failing again. The most successful individuals fail many times before they become successful.
When you start your goal, you will initially become frustrated trying to follow through with the process. That is why I am here to help you prevent that from happening. If you follow through with everything that is written in this e-manual, then you will be ok. Jumping ahead is not the solution so do not even think about moving on to the next blog before mastering this one first.
When setting your initial goal, you must organize or orient it in order for it to work. Organization is important because it allows you to collect your thoughts and get started. If you do not use organization, then chaos happens and a goal with chaos means destruction. Self-efficacy is important in goal setting in several ways. Research shows that people with high self-efficacy are more committed to assigned goals, find and use better strategies to attain the goals, and respond more positively to negative feedback than people with low self-efficacy.
Having a high self esteem or strong encouragement helps when setting your goals. When you have someone there who believes that you can move forward with an exciting goal (or idea), then the process for you is easier. Having a support group of individuals who believe in you is important because it allows you to be motivated to follow through with being successful with your goal. Like I said earlier, do not allow anything or anyone get in your way to reaching your long term goal. If you do, then you have already failed and will not reach your goal.
Let us take a trip down to organization lane for a moment. If you are not the most organized person and have a goal in mind, do not panic. It is ok. In order to be organized, you must first start by writing down your goal and going from there. This is part of what goal orientation is. Let us get prepared together. First, write down your goal. Second, do your proper research. Third, focus on your long term result. That is the order we are going to focus on to start out with.
See you in Part 3...
Goals: What are they? Part 3