Goal Setting is something I wish they talked more about it schools!
Of course, they do instill achieving goals through reading books, lesson plans, or passing a fitness test. In my high school, they would go through a set of chapters and talk about them and over a course of time, you accomplished reading that book. When it came to a fitness test, they would make you practice each time, work harder, and check your progress so that way you were prepared for the test. However, going through how to set goals, how to check your progress, and how to achieve them – all of those things weren’t talked about in detail. I feel that the earlier you learn about it the better.
There are different types of goals you can set: some may be aspirational that may take a longer time to achieve and some may be more concrete and attainable in a shorter period of time. For the purpose of this exercise, I want to focus on the basics about goal setting.
Grab a pen and paper (or if you prefer your phone then grab that) & think about things that you would like to achieve. The method for this is to be S.M.A.R.T about your goals.
- Specific – Be specific about what you want. Health is a big goal usually, so let’s say you want to lose weight. How much weight? By when? Pick a date. Vague goals won’t get you anywhere with results.
- Measurable – Think about goals that are measurable. You will be able to check your progress.
- Attainable – Definitely dream big but make sure it is something attainable to your desires.
- Realistic – This ties in with the goal being attainable. Be realistic about it, make sure it is realistic to your aspirations. For example, don’t just say I want to travel to every single country in the world. Theoretically, it can be possible. But is it realistic to your dreams and be specific about what you want.
- Time – Tying in with being specific, set a deadline. If you say I want to launch my clothing boutique as your goal. Well, in your mind – it can take 10 years before it’s launched. When do you want it to happen? “I want to launch my clothing boutique by May 2019.”
Now that you have you understand attainable goals that you wish to achieve and have a deadline for, think about the HOW? How will you achieve this goal, what is it going to take? What steps will you have to take daily, weekly, monthly? Will it involve research, investing in a mentor, investing in part-time assistance? You need a game plan. List out the things you would need to do, categorize them by daily, weekly, monthly, yearly action steps.
For example, if your goal is to drink more water by having 8 cups of water a day. Set reminders for yourself daily. There are even water bottles that have times listed on them to remind you to get a certain intake in the day. Print out a weekly or monthly habit tracker. Check off your progress each night and at the end of the month see how you did. Then keep it consistent.
This is a great way to start setting goals for yourself. Once you have achieved them, set new ones for yourself. The biggest key is to check your progress. Consistency can be tough but it’s the only way you will achieve what you want. Take Care!
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