Creating Goals For Yourself

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Hello boys and girls,

Today I was just thinking about how many hopes and dreams I have. I mean I have goals for myself, goals for my spouse and goals for my kids. To further break those goals down, I have divided my personal goals into career goals, spiritual goals, fitness goals, spousal goals and relational goals. I have my goals firmly taped up to my closet wall so that I can look at them every day. I learned this technique from one of my college professors. He asked us, upon graduation, to write out our 10-year and 5-year plans as well as to detail how we were supposed to achieve them. So it’s not just enough to say: “I will be a successful therapist in 10 years.” You actually have to define success in measurable terms. Where do you see yourself working? How much money do you wish to make? What type of work will you be doing? What do you need to do this month to climb up that goal ladder? And the list goes on and on.

Ever since I wrote out my goals and stuck them to my wall, I have found that my drive to reach them has increased tenfold. I am working harder than ever because I do not want to disappoint myself. For my workout goals, I first detailed how I want to look.  I know how many days a week, as well as the duration for which I shall be working out. I have my workouts on a calendar and I love to mark them off daily. Putting things on a schedule is my way of sealing the deal. If I write something down on my calendar, I have to do it.  I get a kick out of crossing things off my lists.

Writing out all my goals seems to work for me. For my career goals, I wrote out what I want to accomplish ten years from now, then I also wrote out what I want to accomplish by December 2014, and on top of that, I set goals for myself month by month. This makes my 10-year plan less scary and more easily attainable. Some people are much more creative and make vision boards for themselves. I’m not at that level yet, so just writing my goals down in plain black ink appears to be working in my favor.

The cherry on the cake is finding SUPPORT. Find one or two trusty sidekicks who can help you reach your goal. If you know people who will encourage you when you want to give up, then put them on your team. Every person needs cheerleaders to whom they can vent when times are hard and who will smile at them when they achieve something small or something big.

How do you plan out your goals for yourself? What method works for you?

 

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Thinking Momma

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