Springtime Goal Setting

Springtime Goal Setting is a very powerful technique that can improve all areas of your life. The process of setting goals and targets allows you to choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know which skills and knowledge you need to leverage and which ones you need to improve. Goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It helps to focus your acquisition of knowledge and skills and your desire to use them.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long, pointless grind.

By setting goals you can:

  • achieve more
  • improve performance
  • increase your motivation to achieve
  • increase your pride and satisfaction in your achievements
  • improve your self-confidence
  • plan to eliminate attitudes that hold you back and cause unhappiness

Helpful Hints

There are two types of goals: those to change behaviour and those to achieve specific outcomes.

Important: You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. If you base your goals on changing behaviour by acquiring personal skills or knowledge, then you can control the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them.  The acquisition of new skills and knowledge and the desire to use them can help you create new opportunities. A goal to become more efficient at work may include taking a course on presentation skills. This new skill, when used effectively, will help you achieve more success at work.

The second type of goal is the kind set to achieve specific outcomes. These may include things like owning a new home or cottage, getting a promotion at work, taking a trip, etc.

These goals are more specific and can be measured by a positive result. In many cases, you will need to set goals in both areas to achieve the outcome you would like to have.

Steps for Effective Goal Setting

The way in which you set your goals strongly affects their effectiveness. The following are eight guidelines to help you set and achieve goals more efficiently.

1. Positive Statement

Your goals should be stated positively. Work for what you want, not for what you want to leave behind.

2. Be Precise

Set precise goals with dates, times, and amounts so that achievement can be measured. Then you know the exact goal to be achieved and can take total satisfaction from having completely accomplished it.

3. Set Priorities

When you have several goals, give each a priority. This will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed and directs your attention to the more important goals.

4. Write your goals in the present tense

Write your goals down in the present tense. This is because the unconscious mind chooses the path of least resistance.

5. Keep Operational Goals Small

Keep your immediate goals small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem daunting. You may feel that you are making little progress and might be tempted to give up.

6. Set Realistic Goals

Your goals should be a stretch but also realistic. You do not want to set yourself up for failure.

7. Think Your Goals Through

When you are thinking about how to achieve goals, asking the following questions can help you to focus on the sub-goals that can lead to the primary goal’s achievement:

8. Achieving Goals and feedback

When you have reached a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having succeeded. Absorb the implications of the achievement and observe the progress you have made towards other goals. If the goal is a significant one or one that you have worked towards for some time, take the opportunity to reward yourself appropriately.

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