Setting goals is a skill that everyone who wishes to be successful should learn and master. However, many people often set the wrong types of goals, and as a result either do not achieve what they really want to do in life or give up on their goals because they do not become motivated by them.
It is therefore absolutely essential that the goals you set for yourself are aligned with your basic values.
What Are Your Basic Values?
Your basic values are the things that you believe in, you are passionate about and what you regard as important. They are who you are and what you stand for. For example, if honesty and fairness is something you value as a person, your goals and future actions should be aligned with these values. Such as making money, in a way that is fair and honest, without cheating or harming people.
Taking the time to think about your basic values is an extremely important thing to do, as if you set goals that are not aligned with what you believe in, or stand for, will in a lack of motivation and a feeling that you are not doing the right thing.
So, if you strongly value honesty and fairness in life, but then try to make money using dishonest means you are likely to feel bad about doing so, and consequently will lack the motivation to successfully go after and achieve your goals. If you do not enjoy what you are doing, then it is highly unlikely you will become successful at it, and this is why it is so important to choose the goals that are right for you.
Another important consideration to make when setting goals is whether or not they challenge you. If the goals you are setting do not “stretch you” and pull you outside your comfort zone, then you are unlikely to feel motivated and driven to achieve them. However, goals should not be too challenging, or unrealistic, as otherwise they will seem impossible to accomplish and you will most likely give up on them.
This does not mean to say that you should not think big. What may seem possible for one person, may seem completely impossible to another. So, the goals you set should be based on what you realistically believe you can achieve.
This last point raises another important issue, as often people set goals which are influenced by what other people think. For example, many people believe flying was an impossible task, and something which could never be done.
However, the Wright brothers, did not believe flying was impossible and as a result went onto create the world’s first flying airplane. If the Wright brothers had allowed other people's limiting beliefs to influence the goals they set for themselves, who knows, maybe we would not have airplanes today.
So when setting yourself goals make sure they are the things that you really want to do in life, and are aligned with what you believe in and believe you can achieve. If you can do this you will set goals that are right for you, and vastly increase the chances you will accomplish them.