One of the most important things I have learned through my adult life is how to plan for, and attain, goals in my life. My company takes a great deal of interest in its employees as human beings. This is demonstrated by all of the workshops that we can attend throughout the year. Most of them are business-focused, but the lessons can easily apply to everyday life.
The first thing about creating a goal is to make certain it is what you really want, and not something that another person expects of you. Your own self-interest will either help you to achieve a goal, or sabotage that goal. If you can easily and honestly answer the “Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How” questions you are on the right track.
The next thing is to realize that a large goal doesn’t make it more difficult, but you have to manage a large goal differently. Large goals must be broken into smaller goals that are prioritized. Each of these smaller goals is more achievable and represents a stepping stone towards the overall goal. Working towards and accomplishing each small goal gets you closer to your overall objective.
Timelines are important to keep your focus on the goal. Failure to allocate time to work on your goal will lead to the abandonment of that goal altogether. One way to avoid this trap is to make a game of working towards the overall goal, or towards one of the smaller goals. This approach helps keep the motivational juices flowing.
Finally, don’t let not achieving a goal the first time keep you from pursuing it again. We all learn from failures more than from successes.