Baseball legend, Yoga Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.”
A goal is something you work to achieve. Goal setting creates focus and desire. The goal setting process also helps in searching for knowledge and acquiring resources.
Remember to keep your goals realistic, attainable, measurable, and time-sensitive.
Keep in mind that your goals should not create negative consequences in other areas of your life. For example, while dieting we should not use harmful ‘substances’ to ‘fix’ our cravings. This will cause other health problems.
It is important to have clear awareness of what you are attempting to achieve, which provides clarity of focus.
Efficient goal setting addresses the influences that might cause one to sabotage one’s goal. Personal belief systems affect goal achievement. Simply stated, “If I think I can, I will.” “If I don’t think I can, I won’t.”
Complex and difficult goals require long-term diligence and lasting effort.
Setting clearly defined goals provide opportunities for taking pride in both the process and outcome of what might have seemed to be a long, perhaps impossible, grind.
A goal can be short-term or long-term and the difference is the time required to obtain them. Short-term goals work toward accomplishment in a relatively short period of time, such as loosing five pounds at a time to achieve the long-term goal of 50 pounds in six months. Long-term achievements rely typically on short-term achievements. The excitement of attaining short-term goals make a big difference in the long run.
Multiple research studies have shown the connection between achieving long-term goals and changes in personal well-being. These same studies show that achieving goals provide meaning to an individual’s life.
What are you working toward?