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Personal Goal Setting

Aug 18, 2007
We are all aware how important goal setting is in business and professional life. While many of us do follow this in our work and we usually leave our personal life in a jumbled up mess. But the fact remains that without personal goals, we cannot expect to lead a happy life. Personal goals are important for over all development, and neglecting these can sometimes have a devastating effect. None of us wants to be in a situation where we have been highly successful in our professional life by the way of goal setting, but have been a complete disaster as a husband/wife, father/mother, son/daughter or a brother/sister.

Goal setting is simply defining a purpose, which will direct our actions. But in order to achieve the objectives of your goal, it should have the potency to get you going. This aspect will depend on how precise, attainable, demanding, quantifiable and inspiring your goals are. This can be compared to scoring a goal in a soccer match, which is very well defined.

Personal goal setting should be a method of identifying and defining what you want in life, and the direction that you want to head towards, in this journey called life. This will provide you with a track, which you must roll on, and a sharp focus, which will lead you to success. A well set goal will not only help you focus on what you want to achieve, but will also act as a reference point, so that you do not divert too much from your chosen path. This will help you overcome various distractions that invariably act as stumbling blocks on a path to success.

As a method of setting goals, you should first begin with the bigger goals that will be achieved in a long term. This should then be broken down into various short term, and medium term goals. This is necessary so as to not lose focus. Short-term goals are easier to achieve, and on achieving such goals, a person tends to get a mental boost and the motivation to attain loftier goals. Once you get on this path and start tasting success because of achieving your goals, you will only be motivated further to achieve more serious long term goals.

Another thing that will help you stay on the path is writing down goals. Writing down things make them seem more real, and there are more chances of you going about achieving those things, while verbally, these same things would have just been pushed back to attend to other pressing matters. It is a good idea to post the written goals where you are likely to see them quite often. Some of the options are the bathroom mirror (no better boost than the one seen first thing in the morning), the work station, on your PC, or other such places where you are likely to encounter it more than once a day.

There are many more tips, and even software available these days that can make a goal setting process much easier and attainable. Remember, the only difference between a successful, and an unsuccessful person is the goals in his/her life that are achieved.
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