The Art of Goal Setting

Goals, well that’s a term me all use to describe our dreams, desires and wishes but what we never realize, everything has some proper, clear and precise ideas to it.

My name is Lalit Adhikari and we are at LTY. Let’s begin!

There’s a very big difference between having an idea and an actual discovery around the execution and operations of actually building that idea and bringing it to the world.

Setting goals have always been very hard for me and probably for everyone out there. I came across some people who claimed that they have their goals set for life and have a clear vision for it but even though they still couldn’t achieve it. Setting the ultimate goal of your life isn’t a very easy task.

For this, you have to understand yourself and your goal. Your mind must have a very detailed blueprint for your every action that you will do to achieve your goal. Over the years I’ve learned a lot from my experiences and I would like to share these lessons of goal settings here with you.

For me, there are five basic rules for achieving a goal and it goes like this:

Lesson 1:

Tell everyone you meet about your idea. Now, this notion might seem very counter-intuitive. Now, think amount this, the amount of risk involved in sharing your idea is very marginal compared to the reward of collaboration. To emphasize this point remember some of the most revolutionary ideas the world has seen and how collaboration has actually brought them to life.

For example: let’s take the theory of evolution by Charles DarwinAlfred Russell Wallace, a British naturalist was also thinking about the same idea of evolution around that same time. It wasn’t until Wallace actually started sharing his ideas publicly that it gave Darwin enough confidence to actually create that theory of evolution and share his idea with the world. He respected Wallace’s review so much that he included Wallace in some of his publications as well. And this just shows that collaborating on such a huge idea like evolution ultimately lead to success.

If we take another famous example of Nicola Tesla who is not the only person who came up with the idea of alternating current, in fact, he was one of the dozens of engineers, scientist, and physicists who got together to create it. So, these huge revolutionary ideas that have changed our world, that have disrupted things in major ways. And they can all be attributed to those dozens and dozens of people that collaborating together.

A quote from George Barnard Shaw says that, “If I have an Apple and you have an apple and we swap apples, we will still have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we swap ideas, suddenly we have two ideas.”

So, according to me collaboration is key and sharing your ideas and making them into something is called an invention. It is also really very important to expand your network and create an orbit of people around you.

Lesson 2:

Cultivating an atmosphere of mentorship and collaboration. Here, I would like to encourage you to go out and find partners and mentors.

For this, you should network and talk to people who are passionate about your idea as you are. When you are having such a conversation with anyone, at the end of the conversation always ask if they know anyone else that you should meet. And this is a great way to create this long chain of people that you could network.

Lesson 3:

To surround yourself with a community that is supportive and passionate about what you are creating.

This is so motivating to surround yourself with people who get what you’re doing and wants to build these big visions just like you do. So, this collaboration becomes a huge and important part of starting a business.

Lesson 4:

To make big audacious goals and take baby steps to achieve it. I don’t wake up every morning and think about how I am going to revolutionize the whole world. It’s just too big of a goal. It’s not on my to-do list. But I do have small actionable steps for every single day that I can focus on.

Another thing that I have seen in so many people is that they easily get caught up in perfection. You might spend extra work, time and energy in getting where you think it is perfect but this is not the right way.

But what you really needed to do is to think about what is the smallest possible test that I can run for this idea because your clients or customers are going to be the ones to tell you if it’s really working or not. So, getting your services out there and listening to your customers is so important.

Lesson 5:

Last lesson and probably the most important one is that you really need to love what you do. I live and breathe what I do. Start-ups are really hard as they become part of your lives. There’s no work life, the lines become very blurred. If you don’t love what you do and are not passionate about what you are doing then it’s going to be even harder.

For me, it’s very important to find something that I am so passionate about that it makes me push myself even much harder every day. And all these baby steps that we are taking on a daily basis are adding up to something huge. So, think about what you live to do and go after it.

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