The importance of setting goals

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Setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success. The reason for this is you need to know what you’re trying to achieve before trying to achieve it. In order to be motivated in life you need to set goals; there are different types of goals, long term and short term. We usually set long-term goals but in order to achieve them, set short-term goals. They all fit together when looking at the bigger picture. The long-term usually being over a longer time ‘I want to save up for a house’ and short-term goals more quickly achieved ‘I want to save up for a playstation’.

When setting goals you should consider a few things like it should be feasible and specific. You should be able to visualize your success, making the goal as specific as possible, for example not just saying ‘I am going to loose weight’, say ‘I’m going to loose 5kg’. You have to make sure the goal is measurable.

Try and quantify the result for example, ‘ I want to loose 5kg in 6 months’. This will give you more of a drive and when you do achieve your goal feel happier about it, because not only you have reached your goal, you’ve done it in the time frame set. Your goal must be attainable, so if you did loose weight not putting it back on. There is no point of setting goals if they are not realistic, if you know you cant achieve it then you are not going to try and do it.

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Your emotions can reflect on goals. If you had a really bad day at work and have come home to do an assignment that you’ve let last minute, your not going to be able to concentrate very well so might not pass and then your goal of getting a pass has not been met. As long as we consider all these points with hard work and determination we should all be able to achieve our goals.

I have just started my studies and have set a few goals so I will be successful. My first goal is to pass both of my units. I have not studied in a very long time so not used to writing essay’s and assignments. I set weekly goals, listening to all my lectures and doing the tasks. Time management is very important when studying, I still will be working 40 hours a week and trying to do 2 units so the workload is very high. I have found a routine that works well for me, I plan the week before when I will be studying and make sure I do listen to all my lectures and do my reading in that time.

If I split all units up over 4 years and focus on passing each one each semester, it is a lot less daunting than saying I have to pass 16 units. Another goal is that I go to the gym at least 4 times a week. It makes me feel great when I do get to work out so need to keep these positive goals. My long-term goal is to be a teacher, have a house and a family. All these goals link together, I will have to work very hard to achieve all this but when I become a teacher, I can then buy and house and start a family. I have already achieved one of my goals in life to become manager in the café where I work. About 6 months ago I was made manager that made me feel great, this is how a goal is suppose to make you feel when you achieve it. I’m now working hard to keep the café running well and maintain my goal, staying manager.

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