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10 Ideas for Practical Goalsetting

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It’s that time of the year again when we need to sit down and set goals and make plans for the new year. Here are a few important principles to keep in mind when setting goals:

It’s that time of the year again when we need to sit down and set goals and make plans for the new year. Here are a few important principles to keep in mind when setting goals:

  • Your most important goals must be yours. Not your spouse’s. Not your child’s. Not your employer’s. Yours. When you let other people determine your definition of success, you’re sabotaging your own future.
  • Your goals must mean something to you. When you write your goals, you must ask yourself, “What’s really important to me?” and “What am I prepared to give up to make this happen?” Your reasons for charting a new course of action give you the drive and energy to get up every morning.
  • Your goals must be specific and measurable.Vague generalizations and wishy-washy statements aren’t good enough. Be very specific!
  • Your goals must be flexible. A flexible plan keeps you from feeling suffocated and allows you to take advantage of genuine opportunities that suddenly present themselves.
  • Your goals must be challenging and exciting. Force yourself to jump out of your comfort zone to acquire that energy and edge.
  • Your goals must be in alignment with your values. Pay attention to your intuition and to your gut. When you set a goal that contradicts your values, your conscience will speak up. Listen and pay attention. 
  • Your goals must be well balanced. Make sure you include areas that allow time to relax, have fun and enjoy people in your closest circle. 
  • Your goals must be realistic. Be expansive but don’t be ridiculous. If you’re four feet tall, you will probably never jump 2 metres high. Also, be sure to allow yourself time to get there. 
  • Your goals must include contributing to charity. Unfortunately, many people get so wrapped up in pursuing their goals that they don’t have time in their lives to give something back to society. Build this into your goals program.
  • Your goals need to be supported. Either selectively share a few of your dreams with a number of people, or share all of your dreams with a select few people. In either case, you’re creating a web of support and accountability for yourself.

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