Working on your personal goal setting

A solid goal setting system is the key to effective time management and life planning.  When you use personal goal setting wisely, you will get a great sense of achievement.


To set and achieve your personal goals you have to establish how you are going to achieve them. Goal setting is a power process that allows you to think about your ideal future, it helps motivate you and helps to turn your vision of the future into reality.

Goal setting helps you choose where you want to go in life, it helps you live your life now. It allows you to know precisely what you want to achieve, it helps you concentrate your efforts and allows you to quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you away from a change in your life. Goal setting can be incredibly motivating and as you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you will find that your self-confidence starts to build, and with confidence comes self-improvement and self-growth.

The key point to setting goals is to decide what is important to you, so that you can start to achieve your goals now. You need to separate what is important from what is irrelevant or a distraction. When you start to motivate yourself and build your self-confidence you can start to set and achieve your personal goals.

One way of making your goals powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic.

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant
T = Time bound

To help you cover all important areas in your life try to set and achieve your personal goals in the following categories



Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? If so what?



Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? If so, set your personal goal to improve or cure the problem, even if the goal is to get help?



What level do you want to reach in your career?



Is there any knowledge you need to acquire that will help you? What information and skills will you need to set and achieve your personal goals?



Do you want to be a parent? If so how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner, and by members of your extended family?



How much do you want to earn? At what stage do you want to be earning this amount?



Are there any athletic goals you want to achieve or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?



How do you want to enjoy yourself and ensure that some of your life is for you?


Public Services

Do you want to make the world a better place for you and your family? If so how are you going to do this?



Do you have social ambitions?

The first step in setting your personal goals is to consider what you what to achieve in your life, goals give you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making.

Once you have decided on your goals start to priorities them. Then review the goals and re-priorities them until you are satisfied that the goals you have set, reflect the shape of your life allowing you to achieve your goals now. Also ensure that the goals that you have set are the goals that you want, and are not your parents, spouse, family or friends goals. Finally, set a daily to-do list of things you should do today to achieve your goals now.

By setting sharp and clearly defined goals means you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. You can see a forward progress in what previously seemed a long pointless grind. By setting your personal goals, you will also raise your self-confidence; you will start to recognize your ability is far more useful than you thought possible.

Therefore, to set and achieve your personal goals is to place then into different levels. Firstly, you create the “bigger picture” this is of what you want to do and how you what to change your life. Secondly, you need to break your goals into smaller targets that you must hit so that you achieve your goals. Finally, once you have your plan, you can start to achieve your goals now.

Once you have achieved a goal, take time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal and observe the progress you have made towards other goals. If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself. All of this helps you achieve your next goal.

Remember, that your goals will change as time goes on. Adjust them regularly to reflect self improvement and self growth, if you goals do not hold any attraction any longer then let them go.

If you have not already set your personal goals, start now. Remember, setting and achieving your goals will change your life, forever.