Tips for Goal-Setting
As some people always say, ‘If you want to become successful, you must first set goals.’ I believe that this saying could not be more true. In a world where so much is constantly going on, it is important to center ourselves and make sure that our personal needs and desires for a fulfilling life are being put first. One way to create a fulfilling life is to create goals specifically for you. However, in order to accomplish the goals you wish to pursue, you must first understand how to set them. According to The Huffington Post’s author, Stacy Kim, there are seven rules that she wrote that I found useful for women to be able to set obtainable goals for themselves.
1. Pick one goal to focus on.
2. It’s best to start with a “want to” goal rather than a “have to” or a “should.”
3. Focus on yourself.
4. Recognize the difference between projects and tasks, and choose each wisely.
5. Set a check-in point.
6. Celebrate your successes.
7. Be flexible. Abandon goals that don’t serve you well.
I really liked Stacy Kim’s seven rules she stated for women to meet their goals. Being on the right track with setting realistic goals for yourself will allow you to be on your way to living a more confident and structured lifestyle. Goal-setting has allowed me to better my life by simply encouraging me to dream big and to set myself up to reach my upmost potential.
There is an acronym found that I found on www.mindtools.com in an article entitled “Golden Rules for Goal Setting: Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success” that I think is useful when setting goals. The acronym is S.M.A.R.T. which stands for goals being: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely
Specific goals help aid in the direction you want to go and end up in.
Measurable goals help to measure your success.
Attainable goals help to make sure that the goals you are setting hold the best possible outcome of actually being achieved.
Relevant goals should focus on where you see yourself a week from now, or even a few months from now from your current situation.
Lastly, Timely goals help set deadlines for when you want certain goals to be met and setting deadlines is a good practice to get into because once you meet a deadline, you can finally celebrate your successes when the time comes.
Personally, using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym has helped me tremendously. Every week I sit down with my planner and/or journal and come up with at least three goals that I wish to accomplish that week. Once I have written the three goals down, I analyze them with the acronym and that helps me internalize whether or not they are going to allow me to grow as a person. I hope that the S.M.A.R.T acronym and Stacy Kim’s seven rules will help you to reach your own personal goals! Remember: no goal is neither too big nor too small. Happy goal-setting!
Written by: Katie McCrory