- Write them down ( Short Term, Mid-Range, Long Term)
- Be specific (what exactly are you working toward?)
- Make it attainable (can it be done?)
- Measurable (can you tell if you are making progress?)
- What are the possible roadblocks?
- What are the steps I need to take?
- Who are my supports? How can they help me?
- Consider your strengths AND weaknesses
- Ask yourself, “WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION?”
- Ask yourself, “HOW ARE MY GOALS RELATED?”
BE FLEXIBLE!! REVISIT YOUR GOALS REGULARLY!
In 1979 there was a study done with graduates from Harvard University. They were asked one simple question: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The responses showed the following…
-84% had no specific goals at all
-13% had goals but they were not committed to paper
-3% had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them
In 1989, ten years later, the researchers again interviewed the graduates from that class. The results were shocking…
-The 13% of the class who had goals, but not committed them to paper, were earning, on average, TWICE AS MUCH as the 84% who had no goals at all
-Even more staggering – the 3% who had clear, WRITTEN goals were earning, on average, TEN TIMES AS MUCH as the other 97% put together.