Setting Goals for Yourself
Everyone has aspirations in life. Whether you’re looking to further your career, or settle down and start a family, there are a number of steps you have to take to succeed in what you want to do; you don’t just wake up one day with a senior position in a corporate office or in a new house with three kids and a dog. There’s a process to follow. You have to work at improving your current situation. Read on for tips on how to set goals for yourself.
When setting a goal for yourself, it’s important that it’s what you want. This will drive you to work harder and smarter, and keep you on that path. You should be motivated in all aspects of life that impact your ability to reach your goal. Commitment also plays into this because if you’re not committed to what you set out to do, you will soon find that you’re unhappy or that you let it fall to the wayside.
The best goals are smart goals. That is, specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely:
- Specific – You should have a clear picture in your head of your goal. Otherwise, you don’t know what you want, which makes it impossible to achieve.
- Measurable – Along the way, you should be able to mark your progress. This means setting specific dates and amounts to let you know how on-track you are. This will help you in the end when it’s time to celebrate – you’ll know you’ve achieved your goal.
- Attainable – Your goal should be realistic. A goal that is out-of-reach will only drain your confidence and self-esteem. However, stray from goals that are too easy, otherwise you won’t feel like you accomplished anything significant. Find the right balance of realistic and challenging, which will help you grow in life.
- Relevant – Your goal should be relevant to you and your life. This will keep you going in the right direction, with the knowledge that it matters to you. Working towards irrelevant goals will only set yourself back. Have a peer mentor review your goals.
- Timely – Draft a timeline for achieving your goal. As the end date nears, you’ll be able to better understand where you are in achieving your goal and how you can work harder to improve your efforts. Having a set date will also motivate you to work hard every day, rather than a goal with no end in sight, which will make you feel lost.
Write it Down
We all learned in school that writing things down will help us remember. Similarly, you should write down your goal so you won’t forget about it. Write it on a Post-It note and hang it up in your office or somewhere at home where you can reflect. Additionally, how you phrase your goal will help you achieve it better. Use “I will…” instead of “I want to…” or “I would like to…” It’s sort of making a promise to yourself that you intend to uphold. Finally, maintain a sense of positivity in your writing. This will help you on bad days to clear your mind and stay focused on what you really want.
Break it Up
As we’ve just seen, your goals should be measurable. The easiest way to measure your progress is to create an action plan with intermittent steps toward finally reaching your goal. Cross off each step as you complete it. This also helps keep you on track and steer you in the right direction.
Your goals should be meaningful to you and help you succeed and even excel in life. Review your goals regularly so you can make adjustments as needed. Don’t beat yourself up if you have to push it back a little longer – things happen and that’s okay. It’s the journey that you will most remember, so make it meaningful.
At ILCNSCA, we believe that everyone should have goals in life and work toward achieving them. We can help you define goals and set a plan to achieve them. Contact ILCNSCA by phone at 978-741-0077, or visit our website at https://ilcnsca.org/.Tags: goals, Independence, independent living, SMART
This post was written by Sperling