Okay, so how are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you?! Have you already given up on them? Well…. Rather than setting a new year’s resolution, how about setting goals– real goals?
First and foremost, sit down and think about what you desire to accomplish. Write those things down. Then, go through the list and make sure that each one of the goals is realistic, detailed, measurable, appropriate, and deadline-oriented.
When setting a goal, you want to work towards things that are feasible. Am I telling you to set goals that are super easy? No, I’m not… you want to create a challenge for yourself while also doing something that is within your control. If you set a goal that is unattainable, you may become discouraged and lose confidence in yourself. Therefore, set goals that are challenging but realistic.
Also, be sure to specifically define your goal. What all does it entail? Shy away from general or vague goals. The purpose of setting them is to guide you in the direction you desire to go. If you don’t know, then figuring out is a part of setting the goal.
Make sure that you have a means of measurement for your goals. Use factors, such as dates, quantities, etc., so that you can measure your progress. By having measurable aspects of your goal, you’re able to see progress and remain motivated. Many times, people become discouraged and quit because they don’t see progress. However, if you are able to track your progress, this is less likely to happen.
Your goals should be appropriate for the direction you desire to move in. By doing so, you become more focused on what where you’re trying to go and what needs to be done to get there. If your goals are all over the place and are not relevant to the path you’re looking to take, there is no point. Your goals should consistently support with the circumstances you are trying to create.
Finally, always set a deadline or due date for your goals. Having a deadline keeps you on track and gives you a greater sense of urgency. You’re more likely to move at a constant pace. And once you reach the deadline and your goal is accomplished, you’ll have a reason to celebrate and even set new goals for further progression.
Here’s an example. If my goal is to save more money, I could write down the following:
Save $50 per week to create a total savings of $2600 by the end of the year in order to constantly increase the amount in my savings account.
This goal is realistic if I have an extra $50 per week that is not consumed by daily living expenses and financial obligations. It is clear that this goal is aligned with my desire to increase my savings and improve my spending habits. Also, money serves as a measurable factor. If I put at least $50 in my savings account each week, I will feel accomplished and may even be encouraged to increase the weekly amount. As you can see, the goal also sets a deadline. I want to have saved that total amount by December 31st.
Regardless of whether your goals are related to finances, your career, or personal development, take some time to set some goals that you can actively work towards. Be sure that they possess all of the characteristics we discussed.
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