3 Aspects Influencing Goal RealizationPosted on: March 30, 2022, by : Tuesday
Many of us set goals—independently and as part of teams. We strive to set goals that are realistic and achievable, but we are not always able to realize the goals we set. In fact, sometimes it is extremely difficult to even make progress, let alone actually achieve our goals. From changing circumstances and a lack of resources to setbacks we did not anticipate; numerous aspects impact our progress and likelihood of success. It’s challenging to say the least! And it can test our resolve.
But it doesn’t need to be this way. You can be confident and make progress toward your goals when you anticipate what has the greatest potential of influencing what you can achieve. Based on over 30 years of setting goals, I have learned a few lessons. With these recommendations, you no longer need to doubt if the goals you set are attainable.
Here are three aspects that influence goal realization:
Whether it’s your interpretation of what is happening or what is really happening based upon the facts, you need to consider both. The bottom line is both your perception and the reality, impact your progress. Asking the right questions can help you more fully understand what is happening now. What is the reality of your current situation? What are you doing that is helping you make progress toward your goal? What are you doing that is hampering your progress? Who else is involved? How much control do you have over the outcome? What are the main risks? What resources do you have?
The importance of understanding your options cannot be understated. Consideration of options can be a game changer for anyone trying to achieve goals. Think through what has worked well for you in the past and determine if any of the lessons you have learned are applicable to your current situation. If you are dealing with issues, ask yourself what are the different ways in which you could approach the issue. Consider the different steps you could take and what else you might do differently.
If you are going to achieve your goals, you cannot do it without will. Your will is related to what motivates you. You may be motivated by progressing in your career, serving your community, or by other reasons. Motivation can help you continue to make progress, even when you are faced with challenges or setbacks. Rarely do we stumble into accomplishment, we must commit and then put in the effort to make our goals become reality.
Times have changed, and so has the level of support available to us as we work to realize our goals. If you are new to goal setting in a professional context, be encouraged. Various strategies exist to support you as you work toward your goals. Time, questions, and reflection, may be what you need to help you anticipate roadblocks, overcome challenges, and make significant progress.