Goal orientation is our willingness to try achieving certain goals while developing the aptitude of recognizing what efforts are needed for each goal. It is a soft skill, linked to aspects such as the way we communicate with others, recognize our strong and not-so-strong aspects, organize our work and manage our time. Here we will present three important steps towards developing goal orientation.
Step one: Try to recognize why your goals are important
Motivation is a key ingredient when trying to accomplish a goal. How can we be motivated? Motivation can be found in internal and external factors, thus helping us find interest and inspiration through all kinds of experiences. An internal factor can be our personal interest in an activity, while an external factor can be the reward we will receive after completing a task.
However, when trying to accomplish a goal we may struggle with finding motivation in that process. For example, we may have a complex task at work and feel overwhelmed, which may lead to our lack of interest and concentration. For example, when a student has to learn a new notion and the teacher does not explain the reasons why this notion is taught, it is likely that the student will lose interest in the lesson. That is why when we are aware of the reasons why we try to acquire new knowledge or familiarize ourselves with a new skill, the effort to succeed becomes easier, if not exciting. In other words, motivation can be enhanced when we are aware of the importance of our goal no matter if its nature is personal, work-related social, or other.
Step two: Try to be self-aware and put in place the suitable strategies
When it comes to goal orientation, being willing to achieve a goal is equally important to actually work towards it. This effort needs the use of other soft skills and strategies, but how? Firstly, we need to learn how to recognize our strengths and weaknesses, in order to acknowledge how we can complete a goal. For instance, when working towards a goal we need to bear in mind the time framework, in order to put in place the necessary time management based on our own needs. Secondly, we need to combine different strategies depending on the circumstances surrounding the goal we’ve set.
For example, when being goal-oriented we are able to think of different ways to deal with a personal assignment and a teamwork one. For this reason, it is important to be present and observe the process, make sure we understand which practices are more efficient and also keep track of our progress to make any necessary changes.
Step three: Try to develop your confidence, in order to set goals and work towards them
Goal orientation can be developed on the condition that we are enhancing our confidence. Confidence helps us maintain our patience and perseverance and keep on trying in order to succeed. For instance, when we have difficulty accomplishing a goal, our confidence helps us try again, make mistakes and learn from them, so as to work in a more effective way.
Goal orientation is not just about setting goals; it is part of a growth mindset that supports our personal development and success as a whole.
Ellie KorreContent Intern @ Growth Mindset