Goal-Setting Towards Achievement
It is my notion, or perhaps a conviction, that accountability, goal setting, and motivation are three pillars that are vital for success. Although motivation is a popularized belief towards accomplishing goals, I personally find accountability more useful than motivation towards achieving a goal.
Motivation, an emotion, toward any action will certainly tire after a while. For example, say you have been going to the gym for one month. You work-out for one hour, three times a week. As your first week ends, you might feel satisfaction, but you surely will not see much results from your hard work. The next week begins, you will feel sore and have a slight bit of trouble adjusting to your new healthy diet. This week you are still motivated and you continue on. The third week is more-or-less the same as week two, and on the completion of your final week (week four), you see results and feel satisfied towards your accomplishment.
However, if you really look back at your accomplishment, in reality, you accomplished a personal goal due to being accountable towards better decision making. Yes, in the beginning it was motivation that drove you to work-out and eat healthy. That feeling of “just do it” commenced your decision to change your lifestyle, but your choice to take responsibility and continuously act was done so due to being accountable for your choices. Although motivation emotionally created the idea of a healthier lifestyle, it was you being accountable to act on those emotions. Motivation acts as an idea, while accountability creates the habit. However, both mean nothing without a goal in place.
In my life, I have many goals that I am working to achieve: finding an internship while in school, building on my value as a designer, graduating, finding a well-paying job, buying a house, and being a good father/husband to my wife and daughter.
I believe in writing my goals down as opposed to having unspoken goals. I write both daily and future goals so that I can see them and mark them off my list. Psychologically, this works wonders! When I create my daily list, I am taking accountability for my actions on that day. I also create simple and less complex goals to accomplish in the early morning to motivate me to go further. For example, creating a list of goals for my day is a simple task and a easy goal to accomplish. When starting daily goals (like all goals), start small and end big!
Goal-setting, whether personal or work-related has helped me become more focused, efficient, and determined. Before I used to feel out-of-order, less committed to my priorities, and procrastinate. I found goal-setting has helped me perform better in school, with homework, and makes me feel confident in my ability to carry out a task.