Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, October 18th, 2018

The Importance of Aiming Before Shooting

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The Importance of Aiming Before Shooting

Imagine somebody give you a bow, arrow and asking to shoot, your first expected response would be, At what?  When there is no target, there is no purpose for shooting. You could shoot the arrow anywhere and wherever the arrow ended up would be where the arrow ended up.  Not much to it. On the other hand, if someone gave the archer a target and challenged to hit the bull’s-eye –everything changes.  You now gave him something to aim at, something to challenge your skills against, something to measure your progress with, and something that gives all of his effort – purpose, and all by adding in a simple target.
That’s what a goal does to a person’s life – It changes everything.  You were given a life and you’ve been told ever since to, “Live it.” Well, in order to answer that question first thought should be, “By doing what?”  What is the road maps showing which mission is possible for life? And that is the key focusing question that sets the basis for this list! Everybody in this world has a different set of circumstances, different set of skills, and a different set of opportunities through which they can interact with the world and find their unique sense of fulfillment.  Mission in life should be to figure out what unique, “sets” are and how one can take action to best capitalize on them that gives all of its effort purpose and meaning.  Goals are the guiding lights that need to build as following:
First step, Setting goals that motivate you when you set goals for yourself, it is important that they stimulate you. This means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is a key to achieving goals. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an "I must do this" attitude. When you don't have this, you risk putting off what you need to do to make the goal a reality. This in turn leaves you feeling disappointed and frustrated, both of which are de-motivating. And you can end up in a very destructive "I can't do anything or be successful at anything" frame of mind. To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it's valuable and important to you. Ask yourself, "If I were to share my goal with others, what would I tell them to convince them it was a worthwhile goal?" You can use this motivating value statement to help you if you start to doubt yourself or lose confidence in your ability to actually make the goal happen.
Second step, set smart goal you have probably heard of smart goal already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be smart. There are many variations of what smart stands for, but the essence is this – goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound.
Specific goals, Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed but if you are tempting to want everything, you are dangerously closing wanting nothing. Vague or generalized desires are not goal they are unhelpful wishes because they don't provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way where you are heading and “at what” you shoot your life? Make it as easy as you can get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
Measurable goals, it Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as "To reduce expenses" how will you know when you will be successful? In one month's time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years' time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.
Attainable goals, this rule indicates to make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence. Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness which tempts and lures us; it is the desire to fall and may lead to addictive stuffs in order to fill this psychological gap. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to "raise the bar" and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.
Relevant goals, goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you'll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals and you'll fritter your time – and your life – away.
Time-bound goals, your goals must have a deadline. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker. So commit to a deadline or else Open-ended goals tend to go forgotten.

The Last step; make an action plan prioritizing your goal at top of action plan. However, this step is often missed in the process of goal setting, but this is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you'll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.

Mohammad Zahir Akbari is the newly emerging writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at mohammadzahirakbari@ gmail.com

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