How to set your goals
Whether you have small dreams or high expectations, goal setting allows you to plan how you want to move in life. Some achievements can take a lifetime to achieve, while others can be completed in the course of a day. Whether you are setting general overarching goals or planning specific manageable goals, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. The introduction may seem daunting, but you can build even the highest dream.
Initially, define achievable
Ask yourself some important questions about what you want in your life. What do you want to achieve: today, in a year, in your life? The answers to that question can be as general as “I want to be happy” or “I want to help people”. One goal of professional life can be to open your own business. A fitness goal can be to become fit. A personal goal may be to have a family someday. These goals can be incredibly broad.
Less specific goals
Consider areas of your life that you want to change or that you feel you would like to develop over time. Areas may include: career, finance, family, education or health. Start asking yourself what you would like to achieve in each area and how you would like to address it within five years. For the “I want to be in shape” life goal, you can set the smaller goals “I want to eat healthier” and “I want to run a marathon”. For the life goal “I want to open my own business“, the smaller goals can be “I want to learn how to run a business efficiently” and “I want to open an independent bookstore”. They are practical examples that you can take.
Now that you know more or less what you want to accomplish in a few years’ time, set concrete goals to start working now. Give yourself a time frame within a reasonable time frame (no more than a year for short-term goals). Writing your goals will make them more difficult to ignore, consequently, holding them accountable for them. To stay in shape, your first goals may be to eat more vegetables and run 5k. To start your own business, your first goals may be to take an accounting class and find the perfect place for your bookstore.
Can change your goals
You may find yourself determined in relation to the general goals of life, but take the time to reevaluate your minor goals. Are you carrying them out according to your deadline?
Are they still needed to keep you on track for your bigger life goals? Allow yourself the flexibility to adjust your goals. To stay in shape, you may have mastered the 5K race. Perhaps after running a few and working to improve your personal best moments, you should adjust your goal from “running 5 km” to “running 10 km”. Eventually, you can move on to “running a half marathon” and then “running a marathon.” To open your own business, after completing the first goals of taking an accounting class and finding a location, you can set new goals for obtaining a commercial loan to purchase a space and apply for the appropriate commercial licensing through the local government. Then, you can move on to buy (or lease) the space, get the books you need, hire employees, and open your doors to business. Eventually, you can even work on opening a second location!
Use more effective strategies
When setting goals, they must answer highly specific questions of who, what, where, when and why. For each specific goal you set, you must ask yourself why it is a goal and how it helps your life goals. To become fit (which is very general), you have created the more specific goal “running a marathon”, which starts with the short term goal “running 5 km”. When you set each short-term goal – how to run a 5K, you can answer the questions: Who? Me what? Perform a 5K. At where? At the local park. When? 6 weeks from now. Because? Work towards my goal of running a marathon.
To open your own business, you created the short-term goal “take an accounting class”. This can answer the questions: Who? Me what? Take an accounting class. At where? At the library. When? Every Saturday for 5 weeks. Because? To learn how to manage a budget for my company.
Track your goals
To track our progress, goals must be quantifiable. “I will walk more” is much more difficult to track and measure than “Every day I will walk the track 16 times”. Essentially, you will need some ways to determine if you are reaching your goal. “Running a 5K” is a measurable goal. You know for sure when you did it. It may be necessary to set an even shorter time goal of “traveling at least 5 km, 3 times a week” to work towards your first 5 km. After your first 5 km, a measurable goal would be “to run another 5 km in a month, but take 4 minutes of my time”.
Likewise, “taking an accounting class” is measurable because it is a specific class that you will sign up to attend and attend each week. A less measurable version would be “learn about accounting”, which is vague, because it is difficult to know when you “finish” learning about accounting. Tell us, did you like these tips?
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