by Lauren Swanger, holistic health enthusiast and research journalist
Personal goal setting is a necessary and very effective tool in completing those tasks that we say are important to us, but somehow never seem to address. Choosing a goal is an important first step, but it is very easy to get bogged down. You want to become more fit, manage your time better, afford a vacation, buy a new television, etc etc. It is normal to want to try and accomplish several goals at the same time, but multi-tasking is of no benefit to you here. The key is to determine what your true goal is, then pursue it with an unwavering single-mindedness.
Write down a list of goals you want to achieve, then score each goal in relation to its importance to you. Compare those goals against financial benefit, boost to self-esteem, and desire, and the answer becomes more evident. How badly you want to attain your goal is a great motivational factor when you are working towards it. Secondly, prepare your goal statement. Your goal should have a time frame, be emotionally charged, and use action words. “I want to lose ten pounds” is not as effective as “I will lose ten pounds in 3 months’ time by eating healthy foods and working out at the gym every day after work.” Your “goal” changed from an obscure statement to an actual plan as to how you will achieve success.
Keep a list of your goals, and mark them off one by one as you achieve them. You may find that achieving your goals becomes easier, and your strategies become more efficient as you go along.