Are you struggling with the task of personal goal setting?
Well, don’t feel bad or overly frustrated, because you are not alone. Many people have a difficult time setting personal, professional, and goals pertaining to their relationships. Many people feel like a ship out on the ocean without a rudder, just drifting along aimlessly in life. They feel as though no matter how hard they work, they just don’t seem to get any further along.
The main reason we sometimes feel this way, is that we haven’t put enough time aside to give serious thought about what we want from life. We haven’t established proper goals in a formal manner that we feel comfortable with.
Think about this for a moment and this is just an example. If you were to take a trip to let’s say Europe. For the sake of making it fun, we’ll go to London. Wouldn’t you plan it all out? You’d need a means to get to the airport. You’d need airfare; at least you would if you were leaving from the United States. You’d need a place to stay- accommodation. You probably want to see some sights. You would probably want to know the exchange rate for currency. What would you pack in your luggage? Is it going to be cold there when you go?
My point here is that most people already know how to plan things and set goals. Most people put more effort into planning their vacations then they put into personal goal setting. Goal setting is a thought provoking and powerful process for thinking about how you envision your ideal future to be. The exercise of goal setting should be motivating and excite you to passionately turn your vision into a future reality.
You can use this process to help you choose where you want to be in life. When you clearly define what it is you want to achieve, you will realize where you need to focus your efforts. You will also learn to quickly recognize the distractions that are holding you back or getting in your way from reaching your goals.
How to use personal goal setting
You can learn and use personal goal stetting for anything and on many levels. This is just a breakdown of the general process so that you have an idea of where to begin:
• Initially you may want to imagine and create the “big picture” of what you want to accomplish in your life (a good number to start with is 10 years), and identify a list of the larger-scale goals that you want to achieve.
• Next, you’ll want to break these big goals down into the smaller milestones or targets that you have to hit to reach in order to accomplish the big picture goals you have already defined from before.
• Finally, once you have the smaller goals listed, you can plan how to reach each one of those.
This process of creating the lifetime or big picture goals first, allows you to break things down backwards in your task of personal goal setting. So you can work on planning the steps you will have to take to achieve goals in say the next 5 years, within 1 year, this month, and even a week from now.