Setting Personal Goals

Setting Personal Goals Yourself

A personal goal is the ability of the desired reality to which one commits to achieve by devoting their effort and time; and act as a guide to an individual’s day to day activities. Many successful individuals have over the years been vocal about personal goal setting being the cornerstone to success. The reason why people set goals is to be able to identify and overcome certain challenges in their lives.

In life, one always seek to climb a level higher than they have already achieved. Individual goals are meant to inspire one to achiever bigger things and potentially become a more productive person in their community. Goals tend to give you a sense of direction in the aspects of life, love, family and career. Unfortunately, no one has the secrets of how to make perfect personal goals neither are they engraved in some platter hanging in the halls of corporate 500 companies.

When setting a personal goal, you need to ensure it is focusing on your life. You can’t set personal goals for someone else; neither can some else set your goals. The goals must revolve around what you dream to achieve. Ensure your goal is geared towards improvement and enhancement of your life; otherwise, it beats the need of calling it a goal.

The kind of personal goals you make must be timely. They can either be immediate, short term or long term goals. Either way, set the time you need to accomplish your goals because this will determine the kind of effort you put into them. Remember to always keep in mind, whether big or small, all goals are important and procrastinating will only negatively affect your personal goals being met.

A goal will always remain a dream unless you put it down on pen and paper; action is required to make it a reality. A goal that is clearly written down will constantly be in your mind and is more motivating than a vague dream in one’s head. You need to put your goals wherever you are, this way you are always reminded of what they have to do.

Being crystal clear with your attainable goals allows you to avoid self doubt when making personal goals, have great confidence in yourself and in your abilities. Don’t copy someone else’s goals, everyone is unique and so are your personal goals. Be very realistic with yourself. If anybody knows your capabilities, it is you. This means write down goals that are not way beyond what is realistic for you because you will continually live in disappointment.

Setting personal goals sometimes needs the involvement of other people. This includes your family, peers or coworkers. These people will help you be true to yourself when it comes to the kind of goals you are setting. However, be careful of taking advise from people close to you, or who have an emotional involvement as their own fears may hold you back from being successful. Be ready for their criticism and learn not to focus on negative comments. Find friends or family members who are happy for you and share in your views and let them be your guide. They will be very instrumental in keeping one on track and constantly reminding you of your personal goals. They can even reward your efforts once you get to realize your goals.

Personal goals must be measurable; this means at various stages of achieving your goal, always measure your progress and success.   One doesn’t need to attend goal setting talks or have a coach to measure their performance, you can be your own custodian.

One must never give up on achieving personal goals. Whether it seems rough and hard to achieve them, one needs to do some soul searching to determine where they are on the right path or not. If the problem is in the approach or strategy you are using, you can always take a different route.  There are many ways of skinning a cat as they say, hence consider talking to successful people for advice and counsel.

Personal goals instill good personal habits. They give you a sense of purpose, enthusiasm, confidence, satisfaction and help improve your self esteem.  They can bring happiness when you achieve them them and enhance your performance for the next set of goals you set..

Author : Karen Kleinwort

Karen Kleinwort’s expertise is based on over 25 years experience supporting individuals and professionals in achieving their life’s goals and dreams. Karen holds a BsBM, a Certification in Professional Coach and Anger Management Facilitation allowing her to effectively support her clients through their personal and professional lives.

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