Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Once you’ve determined a path you’d like to take, found your “why,” and created a vision, it’s time to set goals. Goals are reminders that help provide direction for your life. They help you evaluate your time and resources and look at where you are now and where you want to be in the future.
Research shows those who set goals are more successful than those who don’t. That’s why it’s vital that your goals speak to you. When you set goals that you feel passionately about, you’re more likely to stick with them. In addition to having an emotional connection to your goals, it’s imperative that you’re specific about your goals and that you write them down.
Make your goals measurable. Listing the specifics surrounding your goals can help you measure your success. Include dates, times, and quantities.
Identify road blocks. That way you can plan beforehand ways around the behaviors and logistics that could potentially get in the way.
Find an accountability partner. A recent study found that when goal setters had someone they could share with and report to, they had a 75% success rate!
Celebrate yourself. Having the support of your peers is great, but you are your own best cheerleader. And you’re the only one who will be with you through the entire process.
Stay optimistic. Setting and reaching goals is meant to be challenging. Allow for failure and learn from it. Then keep pushing through the low points because you can do it.
Short-term goals are mini milestones—checkpoints along the way. They’re known as process goals or action steps because they focus on the specific skills or method required to achieve something.
Try setting daily, weekly, and monthly goals that will help you reach your long-term goals. In doing so, you’ll get to experience victories and feelings of motivation frequently, even when things get difficult.
Long-term goals are the hoped-for result when everything is all said and done. They focus on outcomes, rather than processes. They’re what your short-term goals lead to.
Let’s say you want to run a marathon at the end of the year. That would be your long-term goal. Signing up for the marathon, training every day, and even making changes in your diet are the short-term goals, or processes, that will help you cross the finish line. Ultimately, your long-term goals are your final destination.