Blog, Personal Goal Setting - Posted on November 8, 2010 - by Bob

Turning What You Want In Life Into Goals—What’s In It For You?

You know what you want out of life. Setting goals:

  1. Focuses your efforts and improves your direction in life.

  2. Encourages you to set priorities and become more organized.

  3. Turns your wishful thinking into reality.

  4. Points out your successes as you achieve them, motivating you toward further success.

  5. Improves your self-esteem.

  6. Makes you responsible for your own life. It defines your own value system.

  7. Makes you aware of your strengths and allows you to overcome obstacles and solve problems.

  8. Points out your weaknesses. You can begin setting new goals to improve in those areas and turn them into strengths.

Record keeping is important. Writing down your goals and action plans represents a commitment. Otherwise your dreams are merely wishful thinking. You can reread and visualize written goals. They are credible and legitimate. They move you forward. When your goals are written, you have begun to act. Inertia disappears. You will immediately sense accomplishment.

Goals must be S.M.A.R.T.—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Traceable to a Timetable. Let’s look at each of these elements in detail.

  1. Goals must be specific. “Happiness” or “success” is too vague. Ask yourself: What exactly do I want to do, to be or to have? For example, let’s say you are getting too close to weighing 200 pounds and you want to reduce to 185 pounds within the next six months. You could write: In order to be healthier and more energetic, I will lose 14 pounds within the next six months starting today, and I will maintain a weight of 185 pounds from this point forward.

  2. Is your goal measurable? How will you know you obtained your goal?

  3. Is your goal attainable? Give yourself a chance to succeed. Take little steps and succeed. Success breeds success.

  4. Is it relevant? Would the attainment of the goal be worthwhile for you? Before you can answer this question, you need to know what kind of life you want.

  5. Is there a way of tracking your performance on a timetable? How do you know you are getting closer to your goal? Select dates when you will measure your progress against the milestones in your plan. You will either reaffirm that you are on track or make adjustments.

Consider the following as you set each goal:

  • Is this goal really mine? Am I doing this for me or somebody else? If you are doing it for somebody else, you are not living a life of your choosing.

  • Is it morally right and fair?

  • Are my short-range goals consistent with my long-range goals? Keep in mind where you want to be 10 to 20 years from now.

  • Can I commit to completing the project? If not, don’t set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Save the goal for a time in your life when you can commit to making the effort.

  • Can I visualize myself reaching this goal? If you can’t see it, it won’t happen. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re absolutely right.”


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