As we draw close to the end of one year and the approach of another, there is a lot of talk and reminders about setting goals. Many people regard goal-setting as an important aspect of their lives, while others view it as unimportant since they feel that most goals set for a new year are forgotten within the first three months. How do you feel? How important are goals to you personally? Why should you set realistic goals for success?
Reflect for a moment on the various things you’d like to achieve within the next 12 months in your personal/family life and business or career. Have you written these dreams down on paper? If you have not, keep in mind that it is more than a cliche that ‘a goal is just a dream if you fail to write it down.’ Are you a dreamer or a goal-setter? A step-by-step plan is necessary and vital in order to achieve the desired results. It is so easy to be distracted that you must have a referral point to keep you focused on what you hope to achieve.
Your goals represent the visions you have of yourself and your future. They should be realistic and achievable, but should also make you stretch beyond your comfort zone. Setting realistic goals for success in life and business means that you will need to have short-term as well as long-term goals. Short-term goals are usually set for periods of a week up to perhaps six months. On the other hand, long-term goals are usually set for periods from 12 months to several years. Setting realistic long-term goals will likely incorporate short-term goals as these will serve as the stepping-stones to reaching your ultimate goals for success in life and business.