Thursday, May 24, 2007

Setting Goals: Tips on How to Hit the Target

Goal setting is a very powerful process for personal planning. The process of setting goals can help you achieve what you really want and know where you have to focus your efforts more. Properly-set goals can give you motivation and self-confidence as you go through the process of fulfilling the resolutions you gave for yourself this year.

Setting your goals
Goals are said to set through different levels or steps:

1) Decide first on what you wanted to do or what you wanted to achieve for this year. Example: "I wanted to have an iPod for this year!"

2) Secondly, break this/these down into smaller and smaller targets that you must hit so that you will reach your bigger goal. Example: "I must work some extra time for me to earn more to buy myself an iPad this year."

3) And finally, once you have already decided what to do and laid out all your plans for your goals, of course, start working to achieve it!

Tips in Setting Goals
The following guidelines may help you, in one way or the other, set effective goals:

• Write your goals in a positive way.
• Be precise. Be specific.
• Set priorities for your goals. First things first should always be the rule.
• Write down your goals and post it anywhere for you to remember them always.
• Set performance goals, not outcome goals. Keep a record of achievements made not achievements not gained.
• Set realistic goals. Reach a goal that is attainable!
• Always remember SMART:

S — Specific
M — Measurable
A — Attainable
R — Realistic / Relevant
T — Time-Bound

When you have already achieved your goals by the time that you have set at the start of performing your resolution program, take time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. A feeling of fulfillment is very rewarding once you have seen the results of your hardships. So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready for the big challenge of changing yourself for the better?

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