Goal setting may just do the trick...
You can use different kinds of goals to create within yourself... extra motivation, awareness, direction, and concentration... Whatever you're challenging right now, this little step can make a big difference!
Working towards a lifelong dream, persisting through the difficulty, for however long it takes, growing, and eventually achieving it, could be a major turning point in your life. Setting goals can help provide the fuel for this process.
If the quote above resonates with you... If you love self-development, psychology, the art of living well... then you're in the right place!
There's loads of reasons you might want to set a goal...
The list of course could have thousands of things. The possibilities are endless...
Did anything jump out at you?
Or maybe there are many things you'd like to challenge?
Well, you'll find extra energy, strength, and hope with a flexible and personally unique practise of goal setting. What's the first step? Read on, learn the basics, and go from there.
There are many ways to go about setting goals. There are different time-frames (short, medium, long) and also different types of goal (performance, outcome) which all serve different purposes.
There are also multiple models you may've heard of that can help with setting goals...
All these models have good grounding in research. Becoming an expert goal setter, I believe, is partly about learning all the types and then adopting a flexible and broad ever-growing approach.
Things to consider will include your personal preferences at this time, the unique situation you find yourself in right now, and your desired outcome. Here's a couple of examples of how you might get started setting goals today:
One way of starting is to focus on something in the short-medium term. I'm hesitant to put a specific time-frame on this. Typical might be a month or two. However anywhere from a week to a year is reasonable.
If you can't seem to bring yourself to get going... a short term goal like this can help you start to win the battle within and get moving.
One approach would be to set an outcome goal (e.g. to publish a book), and then a performance goal that aims to propel you to that outcome (to write 10 pages a week). Where you want to go and how you're gonna get there.
If you are especially busy or unwell you might want to be kind to yourself at this time. When it comes to deciding the "when", you may not want any extra pressure. Feel free to skip the target date entirely. Goals work in many different ways even without target dates.
Maybe a slight shift in focus and awareness is enough at this time. Even just naming a month, or a season might feel like it's enough.
You may want to focus on a goal based on self kindness or well-being. One that rather than focusing on what your going to do, focuses directly on you.
Taking a break, resting, going in nature, enjoyment, pleasure are goals that enhance production capacity...
Then later, you might decide to set a goal that propels you forward in terms of what you produce. Take care of yourself first and foremost. You are valuable, a precious treasure.
There are many ways to set targets. Try and find an approach that sings to you right now. You will learn to set goals with flexibility on this site. No one method is "better" than another. You'll learn how to adjust your goals for different types of tasks, different personalities, and different situations.
Another option available to you is thinking in the longer term and creating a vision for your life.
I recommend that you make this an ever-changing fluid vision. I also suggest to make it exciting, energy-creating. Now is not the time to be overly realistic. The motivation created by a vision is powerful in many ways.
It's perhaps more subtle but if your goals ring true to you this activity will help with a background sense of meaning and purpose, short term prioritising, and acting as a compass. Fill out the long term dreams worksheet now to give it a try!
Don't worry if you can't fill it all out now. You can always add to this in the following weeks, months, and years eventually creating something you are delighted with which captures your vision for the future.
Remember, there are no wrong answers! Don't worry too much about accuracy and realism here. Have fun!
You can find resources such as different worksheets and various templates for every kind of goal you're thinking of setting below.
Have you got a goal in mind you want to focus on now? Below are some popular areas that you might want to focus on...
We've probably heard it 100 times. But sometimes we all need a quick reminder to jog our memory. Why it all works? How it all works? How to make your goal smart etc etc... You will find articles on all this below.
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