Now that you know how to make an action plan, why would you bother making one? As mentioned in previous posts, this will help give you motivation to take action and set goals into motion. Imagine if you didn’t have one. What would your next step be after setting goals? When will you do it and how? The action plan will give you all the answers to these questions. The schedule in your action plan will give you direction and will tell you what you need to do and for how long you’ll spend your time doing so.As you can see, the action plan for achieving goals is very important thus you must make your action plan with care. You need to thoroughly think of the tasks and schedule them accordingly making sure to set it with appropriate and enough time so that time is used efficiently.
Last time we talked about setting resolutions for the upcoming new year and we gave you a set of reminders about setting goals. Here’s the second part to that article.
Aside from your goal being a personal choice and it being specific and realistic, you also might want to pick out a target life goal that will give a positive change to your life once achieved and even while you’re still working on it. The reason is because you want the after effect it has on you. Wouldn’t you want to work on something that will actually affect you positively? If it doesn’t really have any effect on you, after finishing it it would be like having done nothing. So ideally you want something that will change your life or make it better. You can choose a personal goal that will maintain a good thing that you’ve already been working on for some time now, but that’s your call.
Whenever New Year is just around the corner, most people start asking each other about their resolutions. It seems like everyone expects themselves and everyone else around them to do something for a change. Perhaps because it’s a new year and it’s a great time to turn over a new leaf or to start something new. Now, that time of the year is still quite a long way to go but if you don’t have one yet, a resolution that you’d like to set, then here are a few things to remember about setting goals:1. Your goal must be what you want. This means that no one else asked you to do this but you yourself. Hence, it must be a personal goal.
2. Your goal must be realistic and specific. Define your goal and narrow it down to the minute details. Also, it must be something that can actually be accomplished. Don’t set goals that can only be achieved in another plane. That’s all for now. See you next time for more reminders about goal setting.
Let’s face it, goal setting is not easy but you can make it easier for you by using tools and strategies. For this article, we will discuss a tool that is perfect for setting goalsand achieving dreams.
This tool is the goal setting worksheet. It is very much like a form where in the goal setter’s job is only to think about what to write and then fill in the details needed for the goal to become a reality. The worksheet has several elements to it and each has a role in goal achievement. Examples of these are purpose, vision, roles, action list, and goal statement.
It makes sense to say that your set goals should be those that will make a change in your life. Why set a goal if it’s not going to have an effect on your life, right? So, if you are just starting out with goal setting, choose a goal that will change something in you or your life in general. It can be a small or big change, either way it did something and that’s what you want. Of course, it has to be positive.
I’m not saying setting goals should only be on that level. You can choose targets that don’t change but rather keep something going at the same rate such as maintaining a certain weight. Setting a goal like this is effective as a follow up goal to a newly achieved one.
Which means that you start with a goal that gives change then follow it up with a goal that maintains.
When you want to start achieving goals, the first thing you need to do is to decide on a goal to set. During this process, carefully choose a goal that you know you can achieve considering your skills and capabilities. Also, take note to choose one that you truly want to attain. Make sure that the goal you are about to set is not something that others want you to do but rather something that you want personally.By setting goals that you don’t really want personally you only give yourself a hard time. You’ll have difficulty finding motivation to push on until the finish line whereas if it were really your desire, then you won’t need to try so hard to motivate and cheer yourself on. Good luck goal setting and make sure to take this tip in consideration! 😉
The main thing that you want to do when you want to start achieving goals is to set a goal. That is, you need to first identify what you want to aim for. Depending on your preferences it can be a personal goal, a life goal, or a career goal.What is a personal goal? Basically it’s one that you want personally and it’s largely selfish. Buying your own car would be an example. A life goal on the other hand is one that you’ve always dreamed of having or having done in the course of your life. As for career goals, these are goals that are mainly career based. That is, it can be learning a new skill that will help in boosting up your career or getting to a certain position in your profession of choice. Now, whichever type of goal it is, what you want to do when you set goals is to make it specific. Make sure all the tiny little details are there so that achieving it will be easier. A specific goal is clear and easier to plan out for compared to a broad one. Good luck setting goals! 😉
What do you do if you realize that the you no longer want to pursue your current set goals? Do you really stop? Maybe. First of all, you need to stop whatever you’re doing and self reflect. Why do you need to do this? The reason is so that you will find out your true feelings and if what you’re feeling is indeed what you want to happen.
Basically, during the self reflection, what you want to find out are your feelings and what you really want to happen with your life. So, ask yourself the appropriate questions. Then, write them down on paper so that you can conduct a proper review. Then, write down several reasons why achieving goals, your current goals, is not what you want to do right now. Also, write down what will happen if you stop. Essentially pros and cons.
Once you’re done with that, the next step is to thoroughly examine the items you’ve written. If you feel that stopping seems to be better, then hold on to that decision for a while. Consult a friend and ask if your current life goals are worth the wait or worth ending right now. If you get a yes, then perhaps it’s right to stop. If not, and you feel the same, then don’t stop and just focus on giving yourself motivation to keep pushing forward.
In achieving goals, it cannot be avoided that one gets stressed. How do you deal with this? Here’s a nice tip that is especially applicable for people with pets such as cats and dogs.
Basically, when you feel stressed and you feel like you can’t handle it anymore, take a break from whatever you’re doing or once you get home, spend some time with your pet. Let loose and ruffle your pet’s fur. Play with it, snuggle with it, whatever. Just spend some quality happy time with him or her and guaranteed, after a few minutes of just doing this, you’ll be happier. In fact, you might not even feel the stress anymore.
If you don’t have a pet at home, then what you can do is go find yourself a dog or cat to pet. And I don’t mean you should casually pet someone else’s dog. Make sure to ask permission first and make sure the owner and the pet is okay with it. You could go to dog parks or to pet stores or pet cafes.
You see, the stress in goal setting is something inevitable so being able to pet a furry and warm animal such as a dog will really help you relax. It is a fact, after all, that dogs are therapeutic.
Tune in next time for more articles on setting goals.
Achieving goals is not an easy thing to do and often, this comes with becoming busy and unable to make time for yourself. How do you spare some time for your self? The easiest way to do this is to let this alone time be either at the start of the day or at the end. That is, you do it as soon as you wake up or before you sleep at night.
The amount of time that you’ll do this should be from 15 minutes to a maximum of an hour. The reason for this is so that you won’t be spending too much time on this and end up lacking the required time for setting goals. Additionally, activities for this should give you happiness and a good mood to complete the tasks that are scheduled for achieving your life or career goals.