what are some guidelines to setting and achieving goals?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    First, make them realistic. Too often people set unrealistic goals and then can't figure out why they can't achieve them. Start small. It is much easier to set a small goal,then reach it and feel a sense of accomplishment. That gives you the encouragement to go forward again. Think of it in terms of baby steps.

    Second, write them down. Writing them down lays it out clearly for you to see. Write down what you need to do to accomplish each goal. Mark it off as you do it so to give yourself a sense of achievement. We all love to mark something off a to-do list! Have a set of short term goals and long term goals. It helps to have both so you can feel that you are getting something done immediately, while also reaching for something long term.

    Third, reevaluate often along the way. What started out as a good thing or a good way to accomplish something, may not be the best a short while later. Be flexible in your timetable as well.

    Fourth, have concrete ways to meet your goals. Don't just say, I am going to save more money. Say, I am going to have $100 taken out of my paycheck and put into the company 401K. That way I won't even see it.

    Hope some of that helps!

  • 1 decade ago

    Here's a great site for personal management including goals

    "This site will help you make conscious decisions in your personal development and courageously follow through on them. This means having the maturity to take 100% responsibility for your health, your career, your finances, your relationships, your emotions, your habits, and your spiritual beliefs."

    I think it is very inspirational. Be prepared to read many articles. :-)

    If you would rather read a book, try "What to say when you talk to yourself"

    good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    Goals should be clear (don't speak in generalities - be specific), challenging but attainable, measurable and sometimes it can help to have a realistic time line. It can also help to break it down into steps (you can reward yourself with each step so as not to become overwhelmed).

    The other big one is to put them in writing.

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