So let’s have a look at:
1. Why set goals?
When we ask people why they set goals, most people gave reasons that are similar to these:
The bottom line is: the goals you set yourself have to work for you. They have to excite you and get your through the tough times when you want to throw in the towel and give them all up.
People have talked about different types of goals and it might be good to have a mixture of the following different goals:
1. Lifetime Goals: these are the big goals of life and it might take you your whole life to achieve them, or at least a very long time. As you get older, your lifetime goals will probably change. Lifetime goals might be about family and relationships, about health and wellbeing, about how and where you live, work and play. Many of these big goals are about what’s really important to you and about the things you value.
2. Long-term Goals: think about these goals as being achievable in a 5-10 year period. For example, saving a huge amount of money, planning for a big life change, planning a career or wanting to get really good at something (did you know it takes 100,000 hours of practice to get really good at something. Things like golf, playing an instrument or painting.)
3. Short-term Goals: these goals are things you can achieve in a day, week, month or maybe a year. Getting fitter might be an example of such a goal, or eating less sugar, being kind to at least one person a day or helping another person.
4. Stepping-Stone Goals; these are smaller goals towards achieving bigger goals. Goals like doing 15 minutes of exercise and then doing 30 minutes. These goals build one on top of the other and with each stepping stone, you get closer to your goal.
When we work with you, we like to ask you to think about what makes a good life for you and help you come up with goals in three important, meaningful areas of life:
3. How to keep on track?
Lots of people talk about SMART Goals and lots of us have heard about that, so let’s use it.
A SMART goal means that the goal is:
S = Specific: “who, what, where, why”
M = Measurable: “how many, how much, how will you know you have progressed”
A = Achievable: but don't make it too easy
R = Relevant: your goal has to excite you and matter to you
T = Time bound: have a target date, a time in the future when you evaluate how you are going with your goal
4. Is changing my mind about goals ok?
Anyone who tells you that you can’t change your mind is stifling your creativity and cramping your style!
Smart people change their minds, because they learn new stuff, hear about some interesting things they want to try out and are just curious about what life’s got to offer.
Don't change your goal just because your goal is hard, though, or because someone tells you your goal is a pipe-dream, or because you are starting to doubt yourself.
- If your goal is too easy to achieve, it’s probably not worth having
- If your goal does not excite you, it’s probably not worth having
- If your goal is really someone else’s goal or opinion, it’s probably not with having
- If you goal is hard but it makes your heart sing, stick with it!
- If you believe in your goal, stick with it!
- If your goal makes you happy, definitely stick with it!
Also stick with any goal that gives you fun and joy!
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