Monday, April 2, 2012

Goals: creating them; making them happen!

Goals, why do we need them, how do we make them, and how to meet them? These are all good questions we have all asked ourselves. First we need to understand what a goal is. Let us start with the definition of a goal.
GOAL: 1.The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end. 2. The terminal point in a race.
Synonyms of the word goal: 1. target, purpose, object, intent, intention. 2. finish
What is the purpose of goals? Having goals give us all order and structure in our lives. Goals are a powerful tool we can all use. Motivation is one of the biggest ways goals help us. They help us to measure progress, they help us to feel like we have accomplished something. When we meet our goals we have pride in our achievements. On the other hand if we have not met our goal that we have set up for ourselves we can end up feeling frustrated, and have a feeling of not getting anywhere.
How do we make goals that are right for us? Everyone has a different need for a goal. Some may want to lose weight, some may use them to have a productive work schedule. Some need to have them to just get through a day. We are all different, our needs are different. The thing we have in common is that we can all follow the same few guidelines to set our goals, and see them accomplished.
Let me break them into four easy to follow steps for achieving your goal:
Establish: decide what your goal is, don't be to quick, really think about it, take your time this needs to be important to you
Strategy: use this step to decide your plan of action,
Planning: here is where you are going to decide on the specific details of how you are going to meet your goal, give it structure
Execution: this is where your goal is going to become reality. You will have achieved what you wanted to achieve!
In short, write your goals down, take your time and make it something that you truly want to happen. Make your goals realistic, don't keep it to low so that it doesn't challenge you, on the same note, don't make it to high that you won't have a chance to attain it. Break all your goals down into steps, this way you can see yourself achieving the big goal one step at a time, at the same time adjustments can be made if you fall off course.
Make sure you know what you will get when you have met all your goals, this is like your reward. It is a chance to pat yourself on the back and know you did it! Don't forget to follow through this last step with challenging yourself to another goal with a fantastic reward!!