We’ve seen how to set goals. Getting them is another ball game. Let’s learn how.
SMARTER: STRATEGY, MILESTONE, ACTION, RESOURCES, TEAM, ELASTIC/EXPLORE, RETREAT/REFIRE/REWARD
This is simply a plan of action encompassing a period of time to achieve a goal
It is the efficient use of available resources.
It’s all about gaining (or being prepared to gain) a position of advantage over adversaries or best exploiting emerging possibilities.
You must have strategy to avoid tragedy.
Strategy has its origin in warfare. Life is not all about the funfair but warfare. It is actually the art of a troop leader, office of general, command.
How do I go about it? What time? With who? Where? When? This is strategy. This is one of the key ingredients you need to ‘get’ your goals.
This sets plans into practical, concrete terms with real budgets, deadlines and responsibilities.
Here, specific actions to be taken are listed
Give each milestone the following: name, start date, end date, budget, responsible party etc
It shows you how far you are to achieving your goals.
E.g The person gunning for Professorship must ideally go through Nursery, Primary, Secondary, First Degree, Masters, PhD etc. When you are in Secondary school for instance, it’s a milestone. You know where you are and what to do next.
How do you know you are closure or still farther from your dreams without having milestones?
Now this is where the rubber meets the road.
Enough of the talk, stories, excuses…GET GOING. JUST DO IT (Nike teaches)
Your words are nothing when your actions are complete opposite. This is one of the foundational keys to success.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but ACTION-Herbert Spencer
In fact, faith is in DOING. Faith without works is dead.
Things don’t just happen; they are deliberately made to happen by certain actions.
Procrastination is the thief of time-it is the lazy man’s excuse.
It is the do-ers that a blessed. BE A DO-ER
You can never build a reputation on what you’re going to do. You build one by what you are doing or what you’ve done.
All of your imagination will amount to nothing without DOING
Get to work, dust yourself.
ACT OR ACCEPT.
To achieve your goals, you must properly assemble certain resources e.g a team, time, money etc
Time is life’s currency- you use time to exchange for what you desire.
We all have the same number of hours per day
How have you maximized/optimized the usage of time?
Life may not be completely fair (I know) but it is fair enough to give everyone 24 hours a day.
TOGETHER EACH ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM)
No one is an Island. Nobody makes it in isolation.
Get your contemporaries and trusted progressives who can challenge you and remind you of the goals you set.
Talents win games, teamwork wins championships said someone.
You can’t be good at everything. Major on your strengths and let others make up for your weaknesses.
It is iron that sharpens iron the Bible says.
There’s only so much you can do alone-alone you can do so little but together so much more.
When I is replaced by WE, ILLness becomes WELLness.
One will chase a thousand but 2 shall chase tens of thousands.
You see, it is great to do what you love but greater with a great team
The only substitute for hardwork is a hardlife
You’ve got to research, study wide, observe, travel, ask questions, go for seminars, read books, seek a mentor etc
There’s always something to learn, unlearn and relearn. Have you heard that the illiterate in the 21st century is not him who can neither read nor write but one who refuses to learn, un-learn and re-learn.
You see, the more you know about a thing, the better advantaged you are.
You want to start a business for instance, doing feasibility study is non-negotiable
I know I’ve challenged us to explore, take action and just DO. Please you must also find time to RETREAT.
Go back regularly to the drawing board. Take some time off from the busy schedule say for instance, every quarter for 2/3 days then MEDITATE, TAKE STOCK, ADJUST, RE-STRATEGIZE
REST: learn to rest before you’re laid to rest.
If you don’t rest/retreat, you may get weary and worn out. In fact, your efficiency reduces.
When you RETREAT/REST you’re automatically REFIRED because you’re re-charged and wired up to do more
Lastly, REWARD yourself.
Take yourself out on a treat. Invite me if you can. Lol.
If you don’t take care of yourself, WHO WILL?
All work and no play makes, BOLANLE, USMAN AND NGOZI a lazy being
This reward should come as often as you achieve certain goals.