Goals are the first step towards planning for the future and they play an important role in the success of various aspects of life, from work to relationships and everything in between. Goals help define our future vision and allow you to take control of your life’s direction. Setting goals keeps you motivated and allows you to stay focused on what you really want in life. While there are many ways to work on self-improvement, goal-setting can increase your likelihood for personal growth and success.

Understanding the importance of goals and the goal-setting process can give you the direction and guidance you need to achieve your dreams.

  1. Reflection

    Before you begin to set goals, it is important to take some time to consider what you would like to achieve and how you hope to grow. Take some time to make a list of things you hope to accomplish and consider how to shape your intentions into actionable goals.
  1. Measurability

    Structure your goals so that you will be able to see if the goal was achieved. Include precise amounts, dates and numbers in your goal so that you can measure progress. The more specific you can be with your goal, the higher the chance you’ll complete it.
  1. Attainability

    Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. Be realistic with yourself and what you can handle at the moment. You can always edit and improve upon your original goals once you get started.
  1. Leave Fear Behind

    Fear of failure is destructive and can prevent you from taking the actions necessary to reach your goals. Rather than asking yourself “What if I fail?” consider, “What if I succeed?”  Don’t allow fear to hold you back!
  1. The Big Picture

    Goal-setting should always be about the bigger picture – what you want to achieve and why you hope to get there. It’s important that the goals you set out are one’s that you genuinely want to attain, not one’s that your family or employers may want. Stay true to yourself and develop lifetime goals that will pave a path to your success.