Going for goals


Going for goals

Setting goals is one way of giving ourselves a kickstart and making sure we get the things we want in life.  The most successful sports people and business people all know goal setting is vital to get where they want to go next.  It sounds easy, but there is a way to set goals that makes it much more likely you will succeed.

Set unrealistic goals and you are setting yourself up to fail.  Set vague goals and they can be hard to work out when you have achieved them and miss out on that buzz of knowing ‘I did it’!  Goals without a time limit can melt away over time.  Here are my top tips for goal setting!

Set goals that are SMART:

1. SPECIFIC:  If goals are too vague or over-general, it will be hard to see if you have achieved them.  For example rather than saying ‘I want to sleep well’ how about ‘I want to sleep through the night’, at least five out of seven nights per week.

2. MEASURABLE: How will you know if you have achieved your goal?  When setting goals try to answer the question ‘I will know I have achieved it when…..’

3. ACHIEVABLE:  If your initial goal seems too big and will need to much effort and time to achieve, it may be hard to motivate yourself – break it down to a nearer, more achievable aim first.

4. REALISTIC:  Set goals that can actually be achieved!  Check what you are hoping for is possible and reasonable to expect given your situation.  For example instead of ‘I want my family to agree with me at all times’ how about ‘I want to be able to put across my point in a way that others listen to’.

5. TIME LIMITED:  Set a date for achieving your goal – it makes it more likely you will reach it and also gives a point at which to check how you are doing.

by Dr Helen Taylor, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, CWP CAMHS



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