How to set goals? Two fundamental principles

How to set goals? Two fundamental principles

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When we talk about reaching a goal, very often we are not aware of what we want to achieve, and of what we have in mind to do to reach the OKRs.

It is usual to find many people saying “I have a dream that I want to realize for a long time but … I have no time, I have no money” and another sea of endless excuses.

In reality when we want to reach a goal, the most important thing to keep in mind is the mental attitude.

But, since you’ve come to read this article, eager to learn how to set your goals, there are two key principles that you must know.

These two fundamental points can really open up a world to you and surely they are able to make the related concepts clearer, which will be expressed below.

We are talking about the principles of efficiency and effectiveness, two concepts clearly expressed.

The efficacy and efficiency that are listed thus can remind us of the usual boring university concepts; they take on a fundamental meaning if compared to our life.

Let’s find out!


It is a concept of absolute importance especially when we talk about administrative law, but this word can make a difference even in everyday life, even more when we do not know how to achieve our OKR.

The efficiency that by definition indicates the ability to act with the minimum use of time and cost resources represents a solid point of your personal success.

Think about it for a moment … how it would improve your life if you knew how to optimize what you have available.

Let’s take a trivial example to make everything easier.

Let’s say you want to become a world-renowned engineer, an already very ambitious goal in itself.

However, you realize that you do not have enough money to study in a wealthy university that could certainly give you a great boost to achieve success.

What are you doing at this point? Give up your dream … I don’t think so!

So look for a way to save on your budget, maybe go in search of a job that can support you, or simply decide to do a less prestigious university, relying later on a high-level specialization.

In short, it optimizes the resources it has available.

The nice thing about all this is that a part of us automatically manages to do all this reasoning, while another part of us prefers to leave everything in oblivion, out of laziness or maybe because it doesn’t know how to get to the famous goal.

For the second type of people, except for those who do not want to reach the goal, remaining in dreams, there is a simple system to optimize the resources used and achieve success which you can configured with OKR Software.

It is the so-called SMART method and consists of 5 fundamental characteristics.

When we set goals, referring to the 5 characteristics of the SMART Method, we must always keep in mind that a goal must have them all and that is, it must be

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Let’s make it clearer.


Specifically, we mean a goal that is not too vague or too general like “I want to get rich”.


Being measurable allows us to understand later whether the desired result has been achieved or not and how far it is from the goal.


We are talking about a goal that can be achieved over time in relation to the resources and capabilities available. It must be challenging, but not impossible to achieve


Based on its feasibility, a goal must be realistic; otherwise, you may get discouraged and drop everything.

For example: if you have set yourself the goal of arriving on Mars within the next year you will almost certainly fail, so it is not a realistic goal.


The objective must have a time limit within which it must be reached; it is almost impossible to define what you want to do, without knowing how long you want to reach the goal.


It is a much simpler concept than the previous one and indicates the ability to produce the desired effect and results through a given intervention.

Effectiveness, said in this way may seem more difficult than expected. In reality, it is nothing so transcendental and could be summed up like this:

The ability to reach the goal thanks to a fixed and complete action.

To make things simpler, we need to give an example.

Let’s say your dream was to start playing the guitar!

When you first started you decided to do two lessons a week for a year.

Eventually you will have achieved the goal thanks to having followed two lessons a week.

This constant work over time represents an organized and complete action that has allowed you to reach the set goal.


Keeping in mind the principles of efficiency and effectiveness can really make a difference in any area of your life.

When setting goals, always keep in mind the SMART lineup and then start running towards your goal.

Remember that “even a thousand mile race starts with just one step”.