Goals serve as a source of motivation. Everyone should start with their own individual goals. I started this blog with my own goals and as I have mentioned in one of my previous posts about setting a goal, one should consider having a SMART goal. That is S- Significant, M- Manageable, A- Achievable, R- Realistic, and T- Time Bound.
In order to set your goals in order to achieve them, you must first consider what motivates. From there, pick the ones you think would really give you the most benefit after you have achieved what you set out to do. Remember to write these goals with pen and paper so that you could refer back to them whenever you need to.
As I have mentioned above, make sure that whatever goals you write must be achievable. If your goals are realistic, then you could proceed to determining how long it would take to accomplisg each goal. Besides, putting it in writing is a way of clearly defining to yourself your aims, thereby emphasizing to you more what needs to be accomplished. However, as the need arises, make room for adjustments.
Certain distractions sidetrack us from our goals. One of the biggest distractions that you could encounter is the feeling of being overwhelmed by your own expectations from yourself. If this happens to you, you might have overplanned your goals. Pick up yourself and start all over. Remember to have a manageable goal as I mentioned above.
To help you in achieving the list of your goals, write down the steps you need to take. By simply crossing off step as you complete it, you will be able to see and gauge for yourself your own progress as you go along. The value of this process is that long-term goals could be easily tracked and adjusted whenever something unexpected happens.
Keep in mind that setting up and writing down your goals is a continuing process. You may easily fall into the trap of thinking that this is just a means to an end. If that happens, remind yourself to view your list of goals every once in a while to keep you focused and in line with what you want to achieve. As you do so, remain open to the fact that changes, either planned or unplanned, may occur in the execution of your plans whether you like it or not.