Self Development

How to set realistic goals

As humans, we have a desire to feel fulfilled and happy. These urges and convictions are natural to have and should be your indicator to do something different. One way to start acting is to set goals for your life.

Setting goals start with having a vision. Your vision is where you see yourself in the future, whether it be in the near or distant future. When you have a vision for your life, it helps you to set intentions and create specific goals. Now, you can have short term and long-term goals and further categorize those into goals for your business, finances, career, spirituality, etc.

Here are some questions you can use to prompt your thinking on what your actual life goals are.

1. What is it that you want to accomplish in life?

Think about where you see yourself in the near or distant future. Note down the things that spark your interest and that you are passionate about. Think of how you would like to be remembered because of the things you have devoted your time and energy to.

2. When would you like to accomplish these goals?

You can have short-term goals or long-term goals. Your long-term goals can be further broken down into more short-term goals. It is important to note that you are not going to be able to control every goal. For some, you must be flexible. For instance, reading at least one self-development book per month is controllable because the action is entirely dependent on you. A more flexible goal would be getting five new clients for your business. That is not entirely dependent on you, even though you can implement all the marketing strategies there are.

3. Why would you like to accomplish these goals?

List the reasons why you want to achieve each goal. Think about who would benefit because you have accomplished these goals. What is the alternative to not achieving your goals? Your reason for doing something, for investing your time and effort into a task should be worthwhile. After all, it is your God-given time that you are exchanging for it.

4. What will enable you to acquire these goals?

Research and make note of the tools and resources you would need to get from point A to point B. list the skills you need to develop. Find out who you can speak with to acquire more insight and knowledge on these areas you’ve set goals in.

Be as specific as you can and be realistic with yourself. Map out your action plan for your short and long-term goals. Prioritise them. What is needed first, then second, then third? Give yourself deadlines to work with and try your very best to stick to them. Remember that all goals aren’t controllable but always relate back to the blueprint, adjust, and retarget again. Be determined. No goal is too big and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.


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