In life, a lack of direction can limit your growth, your opportunities, and your sense of happiness and fulfilment. When you take the time to plan, it is much easier to track your progress, feel good about milestones, and achieve the things that you set out to do. Setting goals is necessary, for any person, at any age. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are right and wrong ways to set goals, and if you want to make sure that your goals are realistic, manageable, and sustainable, you will need to keep these three goal setting tips in mind.

Better Goals Tip 1: Don’t Be Ambiguous When It Comes to Goal Setting

When setting goals you need to be specific. In fact, you may have to be more specific than you initially anticipated. The problem with ambiguous goals is that you can easily twist any situation or small achievement to apply to the goal. This can mean that you don’t achieve the intended results of setting the goal, and you won’t experience fulfillment in the same way that you would if your goals are clear and specific.

Better Goals Tip 2: Set Time Frames for Your Goals

Deadlines can add a sense of urgency, but make sure you keep them realistic. Deadlines can also help by allowing you to prioritize your goals. It doesn’t matter if the deadline is a decade from now. Some goals can take years, whereas others can be achieved within a few months. Be realistic about your deadlines but try to give yourself a challenge, and keep a record of how you are achieving your goal, with smaller milestones along the way.

Better Goals Tip 3: Don’t Think of Goals as Just the End Result

When setting goals, don’t only focus on the desire for what you want to get out of it. Setting milestones, and taking the time to enjoy the journey towards the goal, can be just as beneficial as actually achieving what you set out to do. You can learn a lot about yourself and your limits, when you take the time to experience life as a whole, rather than just focusing on the end goal. Of course this doesn’t mean that the goal is not important, but keep things in perspective, pace yourself, and you’ll feel much more rewarded in the end.

Setting goals should not be a difficult process, providing that you are honest regarding your needs and wants, and that you have the discipline to see your goals through. Be positive throughout the process of making and achieving your goals, and you will find that goal setting is a valuable tool to give you strong direction and satisfaction in life.

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Latest update: August 2, 2016