Setting up goals as we know is mostly the easiest, compared to proficiently actualising them. Within seconds wanted goals and future visions swarm our head. Giving us the hope that everything would go as planned.
Mostly everyone brag to their coming days every year’s eve, bursting through their zeal, the renewed resolution and goals. Even as the slightest thought that things won’t proceed smoothly suffices, they overwhelm themselves with hopes that this time, a difference would be made.
As the 0:00 gong jingles, they bounce off the previous minute failures into the present quest to actualise ready-made goals. They merry the whole season, with their hearts living in wait for the kickoff, and ultimately dashes into debuting it’s premiere, and actualising them. Within two to three days even until two to three months, they phase happily through the process of actualising long term goals, and stacking up the results of which they have realised. Afterwards, weariness seeps in, at the sight of the wear-and-tear caused on the zeal, by recurring challenges and hurdles. Just like the previous years, the feat gets burdensome, and motivation leaks continually endangering the fate of the resolution. The number of wins gets low and the level of procrastination escalates, further downing the urge and confidence to forge on. The flame eventually lits out and darkness sets in crumbling everything, giving way to failure and guilt. Exactly what happened the last year.
Every timebound goal or vision is subject to this form of decadence. It requires those of resolute hearts and smart minds.
Proper planning helps a lot, by providing the insightful eyes the odds of achievement and sacrifices which might be made. Just as the chess set and rules are crafted, only the most effective planner and strategist knocks down the king, even if it requires making the queen it’s sacrificial lamb. Proper planning involves drawing out each goal into priorities, and drawing them out well. This process being the hardest even spawns as far as strategically making pause and turns, on the road to actualising each specific goals. By completing a detailed revised pathway to actualising every goal, you’ve reduced the odds for failure to its minimum. Effective planning also adopts several rules;
No superimposing: Many people as Me, move on with planning by grouping many tasks to do, into a very short period. They push their brains too far into multitasking, using up all of their zeal in a very short period. The goals are not well actualised as the time left for the rest is even shorter than optimum. Superimposition of goals is analogous to running an engined motor for very rigorous use, without lubrication; the body and mind breaks down even before the task is achieved, even though some might be poorly achieved.
Whereas setting up intermissions ie. between the actualisation of one to the start of another, and rewarding oneself following every win, is essential to keeping the ball rolling. This, as the previous analogy, represents the lubrication and timeouts, to give the engined motor ease and rest. This renews the overall zeal, causing fresh drive and renewed hope at the start of another. This ultimately leads to a large turn out at the finals.
At times our zeal might start to get weary, from the length of time passed. Gladly such zeal can be brought back to life, by making relieving rewards at strategic points on the way, these include; taking a nap, or going for massage, or even treating one’s self to dinner, at a very nice place. With such view in mind, the zeal is energised into completing till that point on which the reward is set.
It’s always going to resemble the last time, just limit the scale. Don’t get deluded by the assumption that the coming year can be made to be totally different from the previous. From setting up goals, till actualisation, will continually follow the same pattern. Each year would only differ by the extent to which the total goal-set is achieved or by the gradient of perfect wins to losses. Therefore, effective planning and adhering to the rules above would greatly limit the chances of failure.
Calm down and measure the odds in line. At every point on the road, the next move should be properly planned and strategically forged. This would put to use the lessons learnt into creating the perfect route to the end. This combines feedback and control into a continuous loop, actualising the goal set.
Subsequent optimal fueling is required. Overzealousness and Underzealousness are the two extremes which should be constantly dodged or avoided. Just as rapid and excessive consumption of sugar causes sugar rush and ultimately lead to sugar crash, so also zeal crashes results when zeal and actualisation potential is consumed to the extreme. Underzealousness, the cold extreme, results in few or no results gotten. Our zeal gradient should be watched and overexictement should be short-termed. This is a control measure.
Failure is realising that there is no way forward. When all hope is lost and when we view the road as blocked. Failure only results from improper planning and ineffective feedback and control strategies. It is generally unacceptable and should be avoided.
Failure only is acceptable only when it is in a bid to check faults an exercise control.
Lastly, as the only thing remaining, which is to refuel yourself and relinquish every ominous thought birthed from past failures, and make some new results, make your confidence, and put a smile to your face.
– Emmanuel Ayobami Bamigboye.