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Setting Goals That Lead To Success

Setting Goals That Lead To Success

Authored By Emily
Life without goals is like floating in the middle of an ocean without direction. You don’t know if the current with push you to the shore or to the sharks. Goals are very important because they help give us purpose.

Importance Of Setting Goals

We all have aspirations and desires. Setting goals gives you a vision for the long-term and motivation for the short-term. Goals help you focus the knowledge you’ve acquired over time, and use it to organize your time and resources so that you can live your life to the fullest. When you achieve goals and accomplish them, you take pride in those achievements and get motivated to do more and better. The more you accomplish, the more confident you become about your ability to make greater achievements.

How To Set Goals For Success

The first step to creating goals that work is splitting the goals into two; long term and short term. Long term goals are the bigger picture. For example, in ten years I want to own a home. Short term goals are the steps or actions that will lead me to accomplish my long term goal. For instance, in this case, my short-term goal could be to open a savings account for depositing money that will be used towards building or buying a home. Short-term goals could also be those things that you wish to accomplish in the near future. For instance, if you want to go back to school and get that degree in two years or buy a car in a few months’ time. These smaller goals are part of your overall growth and development but are not necessarily tied to the long-term goal of owning a home. Once you’ve outlined your long term and short term goals, you need to monitor progress by revising and updating your daily action points. What you do every day will have an impact on your tomorrow. Many times, especially in a work environment, you find that goals are set for you with little regard to your abilities, desires, and ambitions. Consequently, these goals will most likely be unrealistic for you. Therefore, set your own goals putting into consideration your aspirations, desires, and ambitions. Representative goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Measurable goals have tangible results. You can clearly show that you’ve achieved them without ambiguity. They are realistic and attainable. Setting a goal such as to be President of a Company in a year’s time yet you don’t have the education and qualifications required for the job is unrealistic. The goals you set should also be time bound. This means that there is a time frame to it. For instance, if your goal is to go back to school, give yourself a timeline and work towards it. You may change the timeline but having it gives you the motivation to work hard. Lastly, reward yourself for goals accomplished. Go on a trip, an extravagant dinner, whatever you choose, but acknowledge and celebrate your achievements. It will give you the motivation you need to conquer the rest.


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