Goal Setting: The Importance and Some How-To’s
Goal setting is an incredibly effective means to personal success but is often overlooked. It can help provide clarity and a true focal point for both the future and for the present. Additionally, goal setting ensures motivation when you are lacking and an understanding of where to best utilize your time for your own endeavors. Here are some keys to think about when setting goals:
S.M.A.R.T. This is an easy acronym to remember some of the most important aspects of setting effective goals – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely.
Personal. When setting a goal, its important its exactly what you want. Your goals shouldn’t reflect what your coach, significant other, or friends want for you. If you are going to be deeply invested in something, it needs to be rooted in your own values and your own desires.
Write It Down. Write your goal down and make it visible so that you have a daily reminder to stay focused and on track. If your goal is something you see every single day it then becomes a real, living testament and not just a hopeful idea.
Share It. Choose who you want to share your goals with. These people will be entrusted with holding you accountable and making sure you stay the course. These should be the people who have your best interest at heart. They can help motivate you and provide encouragement along the way as you chase these goals!
Set goals, share them with others, and don’t stop until you have success. Small steps, day by day can lead to you eventually climbing mountains!