Setting Your Goals – Easier Said,
Easily Done

The basics of setting a goal is an open secret known by top-caliber
athletes, successful businessmen and businesswomen and all types of
achievers in all the different fields. The basics of setting goals give
you short-term and long-term motivation and focus. They help you set
focus on the acquisition of required knowledge and help you to plan and
organize your resources and your time so that you can get the best out
of your life.

Setting clearly defined short term and long term goals will enable you
to measure your progress and achieve personal satisfaction once you
have successfully met your goals. Charting your progress will also
enable you to actually see the stages of completion leading to the
actual realization of your goals. This eliminates the feeling of a long
and pointless grind towards achieving your goal. Your self-confidence
and level of competence will also improve as you will be more aware of
your capabilities as you complete or achieve your goals.


The basics of goal settings will involve deciding what you really want
to do with your personal life and what short term and long term goals
you need to achieve it. Then you have to break down goals into the
smaller and manageable targets that you must complete in your way to
achieving your lifetime targets. Once you have your list waste no time
in tackling your goals.

A good way to have a manageable list is to have a daily and weekly set
of goals. By doing this you will be always in the position of going
towards you life plan goals. Everyday will give you the opportunity to
fulfill a certain goal giving you the feeling of accomplishment.

Here are some pointers that should be taken into consideration in
setting goals and achieving them.

Attitude plays a very big role in setting and achieving your goals. You
must ask yourself  if any part of you or your mind holding you
back towards completing your simplest goals? If there are any part of
your behavior that is being a hindrance or puts your plans into
disarray? If you do have problems in these areas then the immediate
thing to do is to address this problem. Solutions may include a visit
to a doctor or psychiatrist to control your emotions.


Careers are made by good time management practice. Failing in a career
is often attributed to bad time management. Careers require a lot from
an individual which often makes the career the life of the individual.
Plan how far do you want to go into your career.

Education is key in achieving your goals. If your goals require you to
have a certain kind of degree or require a certain specialization or
demand a certain skill to be developed, make plans in getting the
appropriate education.

Your family should never be left out of your plans. If you are just
starting out then you have to decide if you want to be a parent or when
you want to be a parent. You also have to know if you really would be a
good parent and how well would you relate to extended family members

Personal financial situations also play a major role in achieving your
goals. Have a realistic goal on how much you really want to earn. You
also must be able to create plans or stages by which you will be able
to reach your earning potential.

Physically gifted individuals may be able to achieve sports related
goals like being in the National Basketball association or National
Football League. Determining your physical capabilities should be one
of your priorities. Physical limitations could however be conquered
with proper planning.

As the saying goes -‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, or
something to that effect, is by all means true down to the last the
letter. Giving yourself a little pleasure: should be included into your

To start achieving your lifetime goals, set a quarter of a century
plan, then break it down to 5 year plans then break it down again to 1
year plans, then 6 month plans then monthly plans, then weekly, then

Then create a things-to-do list for the day.

Always review your plans and prepare for contingencies.

The basics of goal settings should not be so difficult once you get to
be familiar with them.

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Diane Higgins

"Be your authentic self it's the path to success."-Psychologist Diane Higgins has authored numerous papers and has lectured extensively helping people find their authentic self, learn to be being purposeful and develop positive thinking. Diane is the author and/or editor of our Self Help Section.
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