Setting Highly Effective Goals for 2011
by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C.
A New Year, sometimes requires a new way of thinking …
As we move into 2011, you need to know that having the right attitude is not only the key to becoming successful; you must also set the proper goal that will assist you in your overall success. Goal setting is one way of establishing several steps to guide you in meeting your objectives. This means identifying specifically what you want to achieve. If done the right way, your methods might result in a successful enterprise as you work your way to success.
There are Three Qualities of Setting an Effective Goal:
Before you start your goal setting, keep in mind the three qualities that will help you get to where you want. Your goals must be measurable, realistic, and well-reviewed.
By being measurable, it means that your goals should be concrete. Identify what it is you want and set the specific time you plan to reach them. Have a practical and feasible time frame. By doing so, you can easily keep track of your improvements and assess your strategies.
By being realistic, it means that the goals you set are something that could actually happen when worked for. Challenges are but integral parts of goal setting, so be prepared and try to aim high; of course, while keeping within the bounds of what is achievable. Don’t push yourself too hard.
By being well-reviewed, your family and your friends must be aware of your goal setting plans. Ask comments from them as to what else you can do to attain success or methods to apply to make the ride smoother. Their opinions may not be as similar as those of professionals, but they might be helpful enough in providing support and motivation.
Some Other Effective Steps in Goal Setting:
Begin setting your goals by identifying the things that are important to you. Set a specific time as to when you will accomplish the goals.
Recognize useful techniques and effective strategies that will help you achieve your goals. From there, make a list of the strategies to easily facilitate recognition.
Choose the best strategies from your list and identify which ones will work best for you.
Shape particular plans to help you carry out each strategy. Narrow these down and start working into every detail of the strategy until you reach your goals.
Goal setting takes some time for you to get used to, especially if you’re the type who just plays by ear. The key is to start working from the smaller goals; achieving them one step at a time until you get to the big ones. Though it’s inevitably hard and challenging at first, the thought that you have started acknowledging the need for a plan and actually identified exactly what you want is something you should be quite proud of. In due time, you will eventually reach your ultimate goals; of course, starting with a sound goal setting plan.