People have dreams and most of these dreams involve becoming big or succeeding in life. However, some people fail to realize their dreams because they are too afraid to take risks. They rather live within their comfort zones because it is easier to deal with life without risks involved. But what they don’t realize is that they fail to reach their true potential because their dreams are hidden within their comfort zones.
On the other hand, there are people who are able to leave their comfort zones. These people have realized that in order for them to make their dreams come true, they need to get out of their comfort zones first. By setting goals, these people have successfully moved away from a risk-free life.
A goal is indeed a great way to start a road map towards success. Once you have set a goal in mind, you immediately think of ways to get there. It is like picking a destination for a summer vacation. Once you have picked a destination, you immediately form a plan that would help reach that specific place. Your plan may include listing down available roads as well as alternate routes. It may also include a list of available modes of travel. Success is also like this. It demands goal and a road map towards it.
If this is your first time to come up with a goal, don’t be overwhelmed with the challenges ahead. You can make it big in life if you divide your goals into three parts and these are: stretched goals, immediate goals, and intermediate goals.
When coming up with a goal, it is okay to go big or go all out. This is why we have stretched goals. This type of goal will take years to accomplish because of the magnitude of the plan. Your goals in this category may be to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or become a household name in the fashion industry.
Stretched goal is important because this is the highlight of your dream. This is where your road map will lead to. Your checkpoints or guide in the road map will lead to your stretch goal.
An immediate goal as its name suggests is a goal that can be achieved right away. Therefore, the nature of the goal is usually small. Small goals can be attained right away. It can be accomplished within a few weeks or months. If your stretch goal is to become a successful fashion designer, your immediate goals may be to come up with a clothing design each week. If your dream is to be acknowledged as a bestselling book author someday, your immediate goal is to write the first few chapters of your book project.
Intermediate goals are bigger than immediate goals. This is a type of goal that you can accomplish monthly or yearly. Going back to your stretched goal of being recognized as a bestselling author of a book, your intermediate goals may include coming up with a book each year and then landing a contract with a publishing house. If you have this as your intermediate goals, it is much easier for you to reach your stretched goal.