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Personality Development

Personal Goal Setting – Part I

AspirationsGoals are just dreams until they have deadlines.

"Life’s a long, long journey”

We travel by ways and highways of life taking side roads, detours, even re-tracing our tracks from time to time, and while we may have exciting experiences on our journey, meet interesting fellow-travelers, learn a great deal, we may also be disappointed when we reach our final destination in life.

Many people travel on life’s journey with no sense of direction at all and face disappointments. On the other hand, those life travelers who do have a clear knowledge of where they want to go in life, what and when they want to achieve, those who can point themselves in the right direction, and who knows where they want to arrive, travel as the Romans did, in straight lines and with great efficiency.

Most of us have careers to think of, futures to secure, people to provide for, things to do. We need maps! We need direction. We need an itinerary. In other words, we need to set ourselves goals.

Personal Goal Setting
Goal setting is a very powerful technique that can yield strong returns in all areas of your life; it is a powerful formal process for personal planning, for thinking about your ideal future, for motivating yourself to turn this vision of the future into reality.

Benefits of personal goal setting:

Clear and focused direction giving a sense of security and purpose.

It gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation.

Maximum use of time.

The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life.

By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts and also know what merely a distraction is.

You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind

Once you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you'll find your self-confidence increasing and it can be incredibly motivating.

Research (Damon Burton, 1983) has shown that people who use goal setting effectively:

suffer less from stress and anxiety

concentrate better

show more self-confidence

perform better

Are happier and more satisfied.

Goal Setting Techniques:
One convenient way of creating your list of goals is to fill in the blanks under the following categories:

What you want to BE

What you want to DO

What you want to HAVE

What you want to GIVE

What you Don't want to BE, DO, HAVE, and GIVE

Goal setting techniques are used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields.

Starting to Set Personal Goals
Goals are set on a number of different levels:

First you decide what you want to achieve in your life, create your "big picture" of what you want to do with your life.
Second, you break these down into the smaller targets that you must achieve so that you reach your lifetime goals.
Finally, once you have your plan, you start working to achieve it.

To be more precise, we start this process with our Lifetime Goals, and work down to the things we can do today to start moving towards them.