Effective Goal Setting
It is always a good idea to set goals for ourselves. It gives us something to work for and when we attain our
goals we feel good about ourselves and are then motivated to reach for more.
The problem comes into play when you set goals that are unrealistic or unattainable. This article is all about
setting effective goals.
When setting effective goals you need to follow a couple important steps:
1. Make goals specific. One of the biggest mistakes made in setting goals is not making
them specific enough. If you just say, “I want to make more money,” there is nowhere to begin. You need to make
your goals as detailed as you can. It would be better to say, “I want more money to buy a house.”
2. Set a timeframe. If you want to stay motivated and actually
accomplish your goals you need to set some timeframes. Let’s say you want to get a promotion at work, but you know
you need to get more experience first.
Since this is a more long term goal, you would want set up milestones. Maybe it will take a year to get the
experience you will need; your milestones could be every three months, ending in one year, which is your ultimate
3. Challenge yourself. It is easy enough to save up $100.00, but it is more of a challenge
to save up $1,000.00. You want your goal to be difficult, but also obtainable. If you try to save up $10,000.00 you
may quit long before you even get close.
4. Monitor progress. You want to stay motivated and focused, so you need to check in
regularly so you can see, if you are making progress which will keep you motivated. And if you are on target with
your timeframe, which if you are not you will need to make some adjustments, and if you are, you should
congratulate yourself, with a small reward.
5. Surround yourself with support. You have a much better shot at reaching your goals if
you have people around you who are supportive. If you don’t and everyone around you is telling you there is no way
you can get that job, or make enough money to buy that house, then you are more likely to believe them and
But if everyone around you is telling you, you work hard so of course you deserve that job, or yes you can
definitely save enough to buy that house, then you feel even more motivated to reach your goals.
Setting effective goals really isn’t that hard, but it does require you to make some decisions and to follow
through. It also helps to follow the steps outlined in this article: come up with specific goals, set a timeframe,
challenge yourself, monitor your progress, and surround yourself with supportive people.
If you are going to take all the time and energy to come up with goals, doesn’t it make sense to make your goals
as effective as possible? Of course it does, why waste your time? Don’t; use this article to help you effectively
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