The year started, and most probably you have put your goals for 2018. If not, you still have the time. Even if you put them, maybe you’d like to have a look and see if you did it thoroughly.
Hints before you start
1) Put goals for yourself and not requests from others 😊
2) Put down 3 – 5 personal objectives that you’d like to achieve this year. These could be climbing a mountain, learning how to make sushi, or looking for a job!
3) Remember! “A goal without a plan is just a wish”.
One common technique in setting goals is called the SMART objectives. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused and Time-bound.
What does this mean? Let’s pick an example to make things clear. We’ll choose “leaning a new language”, and we’ll see how to refine it step by step.
1) Specific: You will need to ask yourself “which language”. Is it Chinese, Spanish, Hindi or any other language? Let’s say you choose to learn Hindi. So, the objective statement will be “To learn modern standard Hindi”. Here, you go very precise in what type of Hindi you’d like to learn. It’s not a dialect. It’s not ancient. It’s “modern standard”. So, we can move next.
2) Measurable: How much is enough? Do you want to learn writing and reading or just speaking? Also, you’ll need to define the level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or close to native). So, let’s say that you choose to “To learn modern standard Hindi up to an intermediate level”. After setting your parameter, the next step will help you find how to achieve your goal.
3) Achievable: Now, you will ask yourself if you have the resources and support necessary to learn Hindi. Is there a near-by language center, for example, or are you planning to study it online? So, you make up your mind and choose “To learn modern standard Hindi up to an intermediate level through an officially accredited university online”. Here, you set your resources so you choose a trustworthy place to make sure that you are learning the language right. You are ready to move to the next step.
4) Realistic: This means making things happen, but not necessarily lowering your expectations or energy. So, challenge yourself and raise your bar, but stay down to earth. What does this mean? It’s unrealistic to learn Hindi up to a native level in one hour, unless you are a phenomenon! But it’s OK to aim for a certain level within the next few months. This leads to the last point of discussion: the time factor.
5) Time-bound: Setting a time will keep you motivated and give you a sense of urgency to reach your goal. Remember! Your passion is your drive. So, your statement can be “To learn modern standard Hindi up to an intermediate level through an officially accredited university online by June 2018”.
Try to use this module and let us know, or share it with someone who might be interested in making this year different for them.
Wish you All a year full of success and prosperity.
If you have questions, contact me and I will be glad to help.