I hope it is still not too late to write about goal setting. Many should already start the quest to reach New Year goals by now. There are some important points to measure in your existing goal setting. Of course, setting a reasonable goal setting gives better success rate compared to those high goals which may lead to frustration or giving up. Having our goals divided into three sub categories will give a perfect picture. Short term, intermediate term and long term goals is all three section to subtract all your goals. Using combinations three sets will provide a clearer picture on your lifetime goals and achievements. Proper planning will increase the chance to reach our goals, even though others claim it is impossible. Let’s get brief introduction on short term, intermediate and long term goals.
Short Term Goal Settings
This can be made to achievable within a month or few months. For example, I have take initiative to learn typing, free speed reading program, improving grammar, and more are some of my short term goals. You can also include your monthly earning target in this category. Other type of goals like reading 10 books a month, writing a book, purchasing cool gadgets, upgrading computer, renovate the house, getting six pack abs, learning new language, etc. Short term goals should be reachable in short period of time. It can take a month or up to a year. Anything that is reachable within a year should be listed in your short term goals. Choosing targets that take time up to a year should not be included in short term goals list. If you think achieving certain goal in your short term is difficult, then move it to intermediate and give it some time.
Your entire yearly target should fall in this category. For example, pay off credit card debts, annual income target of six figure income, starting a new company, expanding your existing business, travelling to the other side of world, getting Degree or Masters Degree certificate, etc. Any goals that may take 1 – 5 years can be listed in this category. It is not necessary to reach the goal in 5 years time. If you can’t meet certain goal within allocated time, try shifting it to long term and keep trying.
Pay off mortgage loan, Buy second house, buy dream car, creating business that earns million dollar a month, completing PHD, making Avatar 2 movie, owning a private plane, round the world quest, migrating to other country, etc. Any goals that may need years of planning and action should fall in long term goals. Long term goals often considered as lifetime achievement or dream project. All of us have our own dream plan to achieve in this lifetime. Constant working and never give up attitude gives a successive route to our long term goals. Successful stories from those who made it like Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Abdul Kalam, Lee Kuan Yew, Michael Phelps, etc always give motivation. Whenever you will no motivation or no mood, read some self improvement books.
In my opinion, almost any goal is reachable with the above planning. All we need to do is get our goals sorted in these three categories and win over our targets. Nowadays, you can find almost any books over Google Books. I have target to read one book a week and going smooth from early of this year. Hope you will have better goal setting strategies from now on.