The Importance of Setting Goals
By Kyle Albright
I remember the days when my parents told me to set goals for myself. Whether it be for sports, school, leisure or just personal life goals, it was important to start somewhere. 9 year old me didn't really understand it. 20-something me does.
Setting reachable goals is incredibly important. The keyword being reachable. If you set goals that are unattainable, then you are setting yourself up for failure. In this day and age of the economy and job stability, it is very easy to get frustrated and down on yourself. Creating goals that can never be met is detrimental to your health both professionally and personally.
That being said, let's look at the two main types of goals.
Short Term Goal: This goal is generally defined as daily tasks or goals for the coming year. It could be your next big project at work or your New Years Resolutions
Long Term Goal: This is also called a ‘lifetime’ goal. So, generally this goal is all about what you would like to accomplish in the span of your life. Whether it’s, getting married, having kids or becoming the CEO of a major corporation. Long term goals can also be "little" things, like promising to see family at least once a year.
The great thing about these goals is that they are not set in stone. You have the ability to adjust goals to your needs. As we know, things can change in your life overnight and you have to be flexible. Your goals should be just as flexible.
One thing that has helped me stay the path and create meaningful goals is the mnemonic device SMART (first introduced by George T. Doran in 1981
• S – Specific (Significant)
• M – Measurable (Meaningful)
• A – Attainable
• R – Relevant
• T – Time-sensitive
The important focus of these goals is to never give up on them, no matter the trials, tribulations or difficulties. Finally, remember to reward yourself. With all of the hard work that goes into these goals, of figuring out what they should be, tasking yourself to complete them and persevering through to the end would all be for not if you weren’t able to reward yourself.
So, what are your goals?