Whether your goals are personal or professional, setting goals is just a part of life. However, achieving them can be harder than you think. Here’s a guide to setting and achieving goals.
1. Figure out what type of goal it is you want to achieve. Is it a personal goal (i.e. losing weight, becoming more outgoing, etc.)? Is it a professional or career-based goal? Is it long term? Short term? Somewhere in between?
2. Make sure your goal is reasonable and direct. Don’t just set a goal to lose weight; make a goal to lose a particular amount of weight (i.e. 10 lbs in 6 months)
3. Figure out a plan to tackle that goal. Plan out what you are going to do every day to achieve your goal. Is your goal to make all A’s on your next report card? Try to study every day. Is your goal to save $1000 by the end of the year? Save $20+ a week.
1. Reward yourself for work well done. For studying, for every week of a solid and consistent study routine, reward yourself with something that you would enjoy. This could be something simple such as a bag of candy. If you’re trying to diet or eat healthy, give yourself a cheat day every once in a while.
2. Discuss your goals with friends or family. If you think it’s going to be hard to keep up with your goal yourself, make sure to tell some of the people in your ‘circle’ about it so that they can hold you accountable as well.
3. Make sure your goal is still what you want. If your life changes, don’t feel like you have to keep the same goals. For instance, if your goal was to keep your partner happy, and they cheat on you, don’t feel like you should forgive them instantly and continue on with the relationship.
Overall, goals are an important part of moving forward in life, and you can set and achieve your most important goals.