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The Importance of Setting Goals


Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Sep 29, 2015

Setting Goal Blog

            Do you feel as if you are working hard every day but just aren’t getting to where you want to be in life? If so, you’re not alone. You may have general ideas about what you want out of life but unless you set up a plan to make those wishes a reality, you may find yourself feeling adrift. But there’s a way to help your dreams become a reality. Making a concerted effort to set goals and plan ways to achieve them is how virtually every successful person got to where they are. Goal setting is how you can stay on a path to the things you really want for yourself. Goals are also important in letting you know how well you’re doing on that path and if you need to make adjustments to reach your goals.

            If you feel that you’re not organized in your goal setting patterns, start with the big picture. Write down what you want to be in life. You may want to think about where you want to be in 10 years. Next, think about how you’re going to get there. Create a path of smaller goals that you can accomplish in the next few years, months, weeks, or tomorrow. All of these smaller goals should somehow connect to the overall lifetime goal. By setting smaller, more attainable milestones, you will feel that you’re on your way to the bigger ones.

            How do you know if a goal you’re setting is a good one? The best way to create goals for yourself is to make sure they fit the SMART criteria. Goals should be Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Specific - Specific goals are better than general goals because there’s no question as to whether you have achieved them. To ensure that a goal is specific, answer the five ‘W’ questions. What do you want to accomplish? Why is this goal important? Who will be involved in this goal? Where will the work toward this goal take place? Which things do I need to accomplish this goal?

Measureable - Don’t be vague about what your goals are. Instead of “I want to lose some weight” say “I want to lose 15 pounds over the next 6 weeks.” When you set goals with specific targets and dates, you know when you have definitely achieved them.

Achievable - Don’t set goals that you know are well beyond your grasp. You need to make sure that you have the skills and other assets required to complete your goal.

Relevant - In order to stay on track to your overall goal, make sure that each milestone goal is relevant. Ask yourself if the goal seems worthwhile and if it is truly something that will help you reach your overall goal.

Time-bound - One of the most important elements of setting goals is defining when you want to have completed them. Without setting a timeframe, a goal is just something that you want to do that is always on the horizon, not really a goal. Setting a deadline for completing goals creates a sense of urgency and pushes you to do everything you can to complete the goal so that you can move on to the next one.