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Setting and Achieving Goals
Below are a number of guidelines that help wilh setting and meeting goals:
Schedule it weekly!
● Scheduling a time to work on your goals every week will substantially increase the likelihood that the event will actually be performed. This can be compared to setting dinner time, workout times, or time for your favorite tv show. Make the commitment to yourself the same way you commit to other priorities.
Pick the right place
● Our environment affects our ability to reach our goals as well. Depending on what you keep in your environment will help decide whether or not a goal will be reached. For example, if you are trying to quit watching so much television, it would help to move your couches and chairs away from facing the t.v. or unplug it all together.
● Setting too many goals can actually be counterproductive because each one requires effort and some may be “hogging” attention and time from others. Having too many goals also makes setting new goals harder. It’s important to focus time and attention on each goal, making sure to complete the most important ones first. Some goals will simply fall out of interest and that is completely normal. Consider your priorities when choosing which goals to achieve first because the more passionate or important we see a goal, the more likely it is that we will achieve it. Listing goals in order of passion helps to build momentum.
Write It Down
It an idea is important to you, make the effort of writing it down, the share the goal with friends and family members who can help you to achieve your goals.
List Activities and Timelines
Starting the exercise of goal setting with a list of goals is the first step. The next step is brainstorming on each goal then writing down the activities needed to achieve those goals. Step three is to add timelines or deadlines to each goal. This creates a sense of time awareness and a sense of urgency.
● It’s also important to acknowledge when you make progress on a goal. This can help you realise that you are making progress and getting closer to the end. Essentially it’s about evaluating your performance and adjusting habits to better achieve the goal.