The Importance of Goal Setting

Posted on January 16, 2012

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Goal setting is a good habit to get in if you are looking to grow individually and professionally.  By goal setting, you are preparing yourself for what the bigger picture might bring, while allowing yourself to focus on how to get there.  Think of the most successful person you know.  Do you think they had a plan and goals set for themselves, or do you think success just fell in their lap?  Some might be so lucky to have fallen in to it naturally, but most people have some type of plan in mind and have to work hard to get to their place of success.

When goal setting, it is best to keep a journal with dates of short-term and long-term goals.  By writing them down, you will reinstate the idea in your mind and you can look back and check it off when it is accomplished.  It is important to create realistic short-term goals, in order to achieve your long-term goals.  Once these goals have been met, you will feel accomplished and your self-confidence will grow, which is another tool for success.

Review your goals in your journal from time to time to make sure that you are staying on track.  Give yourself time frames so that you can meet your personal deadlines.  If you find that you aren’t meeting your goals in the time frame you planned on, make it a little simpler or move it to a long-term goal.  By establishing long-term ideas first, you can build and brainstorm from those.  Think of your goal setting like a puzzle.  Every little piece fits to create the bigger picture.

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