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Setting Your Goals – Easier Said, Easily Done

The basics of setting your goals is an open secret known by top-calibre athletes, successful businessmen and businesswomen and all types of achievers. Setting your goals gives you short-term and long-term motivation and focus. Goals help you focus on the acquisition of knowledge and help you to plan and organise your resources and your time so that you get the best out of your life.


Setting clearly defined short-term and long-term goals enables you to measure your progress and you’ll feel great once you have successfully met your goals. Measuring your progress will also enable you to actually see how far you have come in achieving your goals. This eliminates the feeling of a long and pointless grind along the way. Your self-confidence and level of competence will grow as you will become more aware of your capabilities as you begin to complete your goals.


Setting your goals will involve deciding what you really want to do with your personal life and what short-term and long-term goals you need to set to achieve it. Then you have to break down goals into the smaller and manageable targets that you complete along the way to achieving your ultimate goal. Once you have your first target to achieve, start straight away.


A good way to manage your targets is to set daily and weekly goals. By doing this you will always be moving towards you ultimate goals. Everyday will give you the opportunity to fulfil a certain target giving you the feeling of increased accomplishment.


Here are some pointers that should be taken into consideration in setting goals and achieving them.


Attitude plays a very big role in setting and achieving your goals. You must ask yourself  if any part of you or your mind is holding you back towards completing your simplest targets? If there are any part of your behaviour that is holding you back or puts your plans into disarray? If you do have problems in these areas then the first thing to do is to address them. Solutions may even include a visit to a doctor, psychiatrist or working with a life coach to control your emotions or beliefs.


Careers are made by good time management practice. Failing in a career is often attributed to bad time management. Careers require a lot from an individual which often makes the career the life of the individual. Plan how far do you want to go into your career.


Knowledge is key in achieving your goals. If your goals require you to have a certain kind of degree or require a certain specialisation or demand a certain skill to be developed, make plans in getting the appropriate knowledge.


Your family should never be left out of your plans. If you are just starting out then you have to decide if you want to be a parent or when you want to be a parent. You also have to know if you really would be a good parent and how well would you relate to extended family members


Personal financial situations also play a major role in achieving your goals. Have a realistic goal on how much you really want to earn. You also must be able to create plans or stages by which you will be able to reach your earning potential.


Physically gifted people may be able to achieve sports related goals within athletics, cycling or football. If this is you then determining your physical capabilities should be one of your top priorities. Physical limitations could be overcome with proper planning and coaching.


As the saying goes -‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, or something to that effect, is by all means true down to the last the letter. Giving yourself a little pleasure: should be included into your plans.


To start achieving your lifetime goals, set a 25 year plan, then break it down to 5 year plans then break it down again to 1 year plans, then 6 month plans then 90 day plans.


Then create a things-to-do list for today that will move you towards your targets.


Always review your plans and prepare for contingencies.


The basics of setting your goals should not be so difficult once you get to be familiar with