G for Goal

                                                            By Ashutosh Karnatak

“Have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definite standard that will appeal to the best that is in man and then strive mightily towards the goal”  – Harold E Stassen

In our life, it not known up to many years that what we want to achieve. If someone asks you, what you want: you will take some time to tell the answer and most probably the answer will not be that pointed. Think for a while and introspect your goals. Find out whether you have finalized your goals or not or you are still in confused state and just participating in the blind race of the world.

In order to be successful in life, one has to have clear goals .A person could become successful only when it is clear to him/her what he wants to do. Goals are dynamic; they may change with respect to time.

While one is in class 12th, he has a goal in mind to get admission in medical or engineering college. Analyze this statement;

  • It should be clear whether one wants to pursue engineering or medical.
  • It should be clear which college, he wants admission (Although competition is very fierce, still goal should be clear on this account also.

In the recently concluded class 12th examination in India, it has been personally experienced by me that those students who have clear goal, could come well in the examination, while those have double mind or not having clarity of goal could not fair well.

In the same way in professional life also, clarity of goal is required to be looked for. Whether one wants to pursue career or money. In professional life, the success is determined by timing of this decision.

One can select the different goals by prioritizing them may be in the form of STATEMENT of PURPOSE (SOP). For example - The Purpose of Life is to be Good Manager, an obedient son, a prominent Orator. This statement fixes the priority of purpose as Manager, Son and Orator. It keeps each goal clearly before you. You can review your goal frequently to make sure that you don’t totally absorbed in one goal to the exclusion of others that are equally or even more important in your life.

Before proceeding furher answer following questions to fathom yourself:

1) Are your goals are decided , before moving ahead :
   a) Yes
   b) No
2) Have you decided major goals in life :
   a) Yes
   b) No
3) Do you have specific program to achieve goals :
   a) Yes
   b) No
Do you set goals beyond your capability :
   a) Yes
   b) No
5) Do your goals have time frame or not:
   a) Yes
   b) No
Do you take one goal at a time:
   a) Yes
   b) No
7) Generally after achiving goal you are complaiscent :
   a) Yes
   b) No

Based on the above question analyse yourself. If more than 70% answers are “NO” , you need a therapy for correction .

                                              Techniques for achieving goals

1) Think carefully what you want to be :
The first requirement is to decide about the goal i .e. what you want to be . An overweight person may decide to look slim - its a decision, or a desire . It has to be decided firmly , because subsequent actions are based on it . Any such decision should be taken after weighing all the pros and cons , because once you go ahead , then retreating shall be difficult because plus attitude will not like to you to go back . Thus thoughtful decision is required to be taken for “ What you want to be”. It is not necessary that all such improvements are done at a time . Sequential improvements are also advisable , as you are able to know the results of previous improvement undertaken.

2) Goal Clarity :
As explained earlier that clarity of goal is a MUST , for achieving any goal. Identification of short and long term goals can be made. Ask yourself - what is your goal ? Most of the persons are not clear about it and as soon as they identify it , they achieve it. In fact ,to carry out day to day work , the goals/ targets can be identified and based at the same time you can plan your resources for completion of the particular job . If this methodology is followed , it is certain that you will achieve the goals . The trick is to divide the total work in small parts and strive to achieve them gradually keeping the target date in view. Completion of all small parts shall lead to achieving the goal . While doing the works in part, doing some works in parallel.

3) Time frame for Goals :
Any work without goal and time is like a traveling in the desert, where you don’t know the destination as well as the timings . You just travel and all the directions looks same .It is therefore prudent to define the target with a time frame. You can have long and short-term targets / goals. Long-term targets will prompt you to define short-term targets to achieve the same. An example is illustrated as under:

3.1: Long Term Goals : Date of Start 01.06.1999


                 Goal Description

Target Date


3 bed room house at Delhi

                July  2008


Publishing of second  book on Self- Help

                May 2008

3.2: Short Term Goals : In order to achieve it break – down above into short – term:


Goal Description

Target date


3 bed room house at Delhi

July 2008


Arrangement of Money

August 2007


Purchase of Land

September 2007


Finalization of house design

October 2007


Start of Construction

November 2007


Completion of house construction

July 2008


Publishing second book on Self- Help

May 2008


Defining of structure of book

31 July 2007


Material collection

November 2007


Completion of writing

December 2007


Completion of Prototype

January 2007


Finalization of Publisher

March 2008


Publication of book

May  2008


Arrangement of Money

March 2008

The above short-term targets can further be fractured into small monthly, weekly and daily targets/ One should strictly follow the schedule of completion. It will also strengthen the consciousness for time. 

4. Goals should be SMART :
One can think of a goal going to moon. It may not be difficult for a billionaire residing in America, but for a common man, it may not be possible. Thus viewing the same it is better to understand their potential and accordingly goals should be defined. SMART means specific, Measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. In the above example , goal of house construction is specific , measurable ( progress is linked with time) , achievable ( can arrange for money from bank etc ) ,relevant ( one need to own a house ) and timely ( it is based on the requirement and keeping all other aspects of life in view .

5. Pick one goal at a time :
It is very important to understand your own capacity and capability to work. In this respect it is better not to compete with others rather be critical with yourself only. Always compare with your last performance only.

Take one objective or goal one time, and pursue it vigorously. Put all your energies to achieve it. After achieving it, go for the next. It is also possible to have two parallel goals, better select one which bears more priority.

6. Don’t leave : Most of us have a problem in pursuing the goal as we leave in between. It needs to be accepted that problems, hurdles are bound to come to achieve any goal. Only that person gets success that strives for it and don’t leave in between. It is 100% experimented formula that if you pursue your goal, you are bound to achieve it.

7. Don’t be complacent: Always being in comfortable situation is the habit of man. As soon as some goal is achieved, he feels that he has achieved the world and nothing is left to be achieved .In the mean time competitors marches ahead. Thus complacency is enemy of progress. Always look for some challenge to keep you alive and agile. Put a shark in the tank. To understand read following story:

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish.

If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish topped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.

The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish. So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend?

As soon as you reach your goals, such as finding a wonderful mate, starting a successful company, paying off your debts or whatever, you might lose your passion. You don't need to work so hard so you relax. You experience the same problem as lottery winners who waste their money, wealthy heirs who never grow up and bored homemakers who get addicted to prescription drugs.

Like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. It was observed by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950's. "Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment."

The Benefits of a Challenge: The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a good problem. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are happy. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive!

How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh: To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Recommendations :
Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy the game. If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Failing makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help. If you have met your goals, set some bigger goals. Once you meet your personal or family needs, move onto goals for your group, the society, even mankind. Don't create success and lie in it. You have resources, skills and abilities to make a difference." So, put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!

“ Life without goal is like traveling in the desert area , where all the directions looks same if destination is not known”- Ashutosh Karnatak

                                           Future Forecast: July 2007

                                                                                     By Ashutosh K.

Self :
Maintain better relationship with superiors; Mental tension will take time. Courageous works will be done; some important decisions are required to be taken; Impulsive actions need to be avoided.
Life Partner : Health of the life partner will be a cause of concern; Disharmony will prevail in home.
Children : Differences with children .Their education will be a cause of concern.
Finance : Loan position will be looked into.

Self :
Health will be a cause of concern. Unnecessary quarrels to be avoided.
Life Partner: Harmony will prevail at home; Mutual relationship will become stronger.
Children: Rewarding month; Success will be achieved.
Finance: Sources of drain needs to be plugged.

Self :
Friends will extend necessary help; Actions to have luxurious life will be taken; Avoid hurting other by your speech.
Life Partner: Understanding mood of life partner will be better. It will avoid disharmony.
Children: Success will be there after effort.
Finance: Loss of money is indicated.

Self :
Serious ailment is indicated; Proper dealing with others is to be ensured. Patience will be key of success.
Life Partner: Confrontation needed to be avoided.
Children: Success in children front is assured.
Finance: Flow of money from various sources. Expenditure needs to be checked.

External interference will disturb you.Increase of Inclination towards religious activities.
Life Partner: Dispute on certain matters. Normalcy will get disturbed.
Children: Inclination towards creative works. Required to do hard work for success.
Finance: Avoid unnecessary expenditure. Better to maintain low profile.

Self :
Health needs to be taken care of. Be cautious from your friend circle.
Life Partner : Disagreement on some issue may give you tension.
Children: Required to avoid comforts .it may effect studies.
Finance: Financial gains are expected.

Self :
Professional life may have trouble. Health also needs attention. Controversial issues needs to be compromised instead of arguments.
Life Partner : Harmonious domestic life is indicated.
Children : Favorable month ahead. More labor will fetch better results.
Finance : Enhancement in financial position,Flow of money from different sources.

Self :
Some of family members will have health problem; Avoid unnecessary quarrels; limited success in professional life, Some of the changes are indicated.
Life Partner : Some of the issue can irritate partner; Take care of mood.
Children : Additional efforts will help them.
Finance : Shortage of money will be experienced. Take care of expenditures.

Self :
Increase in religious activities will be there. Philosophical attitude towards material issues.
Life Partner : Sharing of feelings will be beneficial for overall relationship.
Children : Concentration is required for getting success.
Finance: Speculations to be avoided .

Self :
Superiors will not be so cooperative .Health problems are indicated.
Life Partner : Disharmony is indicated at home front.Better to be solution mode.
Children : Their studies will be a cause of concern. Better, devote more time towards them.
Finance : Loan etc needs to be avoided. Moderate financial condition.

Self :
Change of place of job is indicated; Opposite sex to be handled with care.
Life Partner : Proper care is required to be taken while dealing with life partner.
Children : Problem of concentration will be encountered. Better, go for meditation.
Finance : Expenditure needs to be curbed. Financial position needs to be made under control.

Self :
Family issues may trouble you; chronic disease needs proper care.
Life Partner : Happiness will prevail at home; Health will be a cause of concern.
Children : Efforts will be required to excel.
Finance : Increase in wealth is indicated, but unnecessary expenditures to be curbed .

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