5 Tips for Setting Goals
It’s the end of the year Choma and you’re probably reflecting on everything that’s happened this year while you consider plans you want to make for next year and all the things you want to achieve. Setting goals is an important step to getting what you want and getting where you want to be. Of course, simply writing your goals down is not enough to achieve them. There are a few important things that you need to keep in mind when you’re setting goals Choma. Here are things to keep in mind when setting your goals to make them more achievable.
Forget the past
This simply means: Don’t think too hard about past goals that were not achieved. This will only discourage you from making new ones now. There could be many reasons you didn’t achieve the goals you wanted to in the past. Perhaps you didn't have the resources or perhaps you were just not prepared. This doesn't mean that you have to throw those goals away. When setting your goals this time for 2018, treat it as a clean slate and a fresh start. And whether you’ve achieved them in the past or not, if you have a goal in mind that you really want to achieve, put it on your list.
One of the most important things to consider when setting goals for yourself is to be specific about them. Try to narrow your goals down as much as possible. For example, saying “I want to be the best at everything” is a great goal, but because it is such a broad goal, achieving it can seem impossible. Yes, you can definitely be the best at many things, but you need to start somewhere. So you could perhaps narrow that goal down to something like: “I want to become a really good chess player by June”. That’s a much more specific goal; with a timeframe. It also gives you a better idea of where to start because you know exactly what you need to do - which is to start practising chess. This is just one example Choma but I’m sure you get the idea. Being very specific about the goals you want to achieve makes them more achievable.
Are they obtainable?
Set goals that are achievable and are tangible in the short-term as well as the long-term.Don’t set goals that you know are unrealistic because then you know you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. When you set a goal, consider whether there are achievable steps to achieving them in the short-term. Are you able to get the resources or funding you need, if you need them? If some of your goals require help or support, do you know people who can help you? If you want to learn a new skill, do you know a school, person, or a programme that can help? Knowing these things ensures that you’re better prepared when you start working to achieve your goal.
Keep track of time
Having a time-frame set for yourself to achieve your goals gives you better perspective on how close you are to accomplishing them. Working with a time-frame also allows you to organise everything or prepare what you need to in order to make your goal a reality - and also makes you a lot more disciplined so that you don’t stray away from achieving your goal.
Start with the smaller goals
When you do start taking the necessary action to achieve your goals, start with the smaller ones - the ones that are easiest to achieve. If you start with the bigger, harder ones, you might be discouraged if you don’t achieve them. However, starting with (and achieving), the easiest ones first will encourage you to keep going. Also, to start setting up smaller goals to help you achieve your bigger goal is a great way to keep track of your progress in achieving your big goal.
Setting goals for yourself is a smart thing to do so I encourage you to go for it Choma. It’s important, in life to know what you want and to take the necessary steps to achieve it. Never stop setting goals and trying to reach higher for your own happiness. No matter how far you get in life, there will always be more you can achieve - whether it’s goals to further success, happiness or peace. And it doesn’t matter what you have or where you are in life, anyone can create goals they can achieve. All the best Choma!
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