Ambitious people are
often told that they should simply set goals in order to achieve their dreams.
At the very top of that goal hierarchy is their dream, and below it sit dozens
of other aims that should lead them towards their goal. While this advice is
useful, setting goals is often not enough – you need to be realistic about
how you can work to achieve them. This article is about how to use goal-setting
effectively, putting the other ingredients in place in order to cook up your
You shouldn’t set an
aim or a deadline for a goal without first doing a little research to see
exactly what reasoning that ambition might entail. For instance, if you set the
goal to become an Olympian at the age of 45, you might find it instructive to
research the average age of an Olympian. Set a goal to create a new unicorn
company, and you should be aware of the data that shows just how many startups
fail – a figure that’s as high as 95% in some sectors.
Research shouldn’t be
off-putting – it should be used to keep your feet firmly on the ground so
that you’re not carried away by your dreams. Use research to to achieve lofty ambitions and make each
small goal achievable in order to get closer to your ultimate goal.
Setting a goal when
your motivation is at an all-time low can be counterproductive. When you’re feeling
demotivated and lethargic, getting out of bed to work on a difficult task can
feel difficult, and your failure to tackle it might have a negative impact on
your self-esteem and your motivation in the future.
It’s far better to
first work on your mindset before you set your ambitious goals. Find ways to
motivate yourself, giving yourself more time to focus on your tasks each day. is a long-term process, but the riches
that you can uncover by working on yourself and your mindset – with a
professional coach if necessary – can do wonders for your ability to work
towards ambitious goals in the future.
When you’re working
to achieve a goal, you might find that you’re lacking in a number of skills
that you need to get there. At this point, you’ll have two choices: build the
necessary skills yourself, or find them in other people. Instead of getting
bogged down in research and learning that can take months to complete, it’s
usually better to simply advertise for a job role, to find the skills you need
to help you with your project, and ultimately to build a supportive and skilled
team to work around you.
can be incredibly satisfying. With the
weight of your dreams on your shoulders, it can be a relief to spread the
workload and delegate the tasks that you find most difficult to perform. Use
your team to help you set more realistic goals for your project.
There you have it:
three essential steps you should take before you can work towards your most
ambitious goals – and actually achieve them.