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Goal Setting Strategies

By: Ken Austin

People always aspire and dream about things they want to own someday. There are different status and achievements people want to attain when they reach certain ages.

Consciously or unconsciously, these longings and personal desires make not just day dreams and fantasies for every individual. These are called, more appropriately, goals.

Goals are what keep people motivated to do tasks and reach achievements. Experts and profound individuals would always assert that goals set directions for one’s existence and state of being.

That is why goal setting is one ardent and tedious task or activity that people should really pay attention to. The process is indeed not that easy, because doing it properly and more effectively would require greater focus and heavy thinking.

Strategies are indeed required if you want to make the goal setting activity effective. That is because effective, efficient, practical and logical schemes would greatly help you set out that direction as you set your short-term or life-long targets in life.

Here are several goal setting strategies that would surely help you do the job better and eventually conveniently realize and attain them.

o    Be sure to set short-term goals initially. Because short-term goals are easier to realize and require less time span, they provide satisfaction and gauges on how you are faring in terms of goal setting. You might probably notice that after achieving a short-term goal, you are bound to go to the next level or set a longer-term goal.

Thus, to make a strategy out of that human nature, divide the long-term goals into a series or set of a number of short-term goals. That way, achieving one specific goal would surely and clearly lead you to the facet of the next goal. Eventually, the realization of the long-term goal would be at hand.

o    Assess yourself thoroughly. Do you really want or desire for your goal? If not, there would be no sense striving to realize that goal.

As early as possible, define your needs, your wants, your preferences, your ambition and your interest. Doing so would greatly help you determine whether the goal you have set is the goal you really like. The activity can be a simple, but profound and insightful strategy.

►    Share your goals to other person or speak up to let other people know of your goals. That may not directly help you achieve your goals, but the support and back up you might get from other people will provide you with sufficient encouragement to carry out your goals and targets.

This strategy involves telling people what your goals are, so encouragement and criticisms could be solicited, which would indeed encourage or challenge you to do better to achieve the goals.

►    Experts advise goal setters to try to write down on a piece of paper their specific goals. By doing so, the goals are clearly defined and set. Reading the long-term goals everyday would also unconsciously condition your mind into struggling harder to achieve your goals. This strategy is more of a mental exercise, but it can be really effective. Try it.

►    Keep your focus. Sheer and absolute determination is essential to achieving your goals, be it for the short-term or for the long-term.

Overall, the best strategy for goal setting would come from within yourself. You would certainly achieve what you have been longing for if you are determined and focused. Keep that in mind when you set your next goals.

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