Having goals for things we want to do and working towards them is an important part of personal growth and working towards a sense of accomplishment in our lives.
The path towards our goals may not always run smoothly or be easy, but having goals, whether big or small, is part of what makes life good. It gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, points us in the direction we want to go and gets us interested and engaged, all of which are good for our overall happiness.
Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the bigger the chance you’ll reach your goals. Goal setting clarifies the difference between ‘I want to be a millionaire’ and ‘I want to make $50,000 a month for the next ten years by creating a new software product’. When drafting your goal, try to answer the five “W” questions:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why is this goal important?
- Who is involved?
- Where is it located?
- Which resources?
When you reach your goal take time to enjoy it and thank those that helped you. Think about what you enjoyed and learned along the way and remember to celebrate your efforts.
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