Tips for goals Setting

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Why to set goals?
– Control your life, focus on the important things, make good decisions, be efficient, be self-confident, be enthusiastic, make progress, be successful, make hard becomes easy, be tougher, live to the fullest, clarify your vision, improve your concentration, get a meaningful life…

See? Crazy useful, and this is science (Locke and al, review, just check “goal setting and effect on performance” on Google scholar),  so just do it.

How to set goals?

  • Specific (Clear, rules of the 6 ‘W’: Who, What, When, Where, Which, Why)

Ex: I (who) will eat spinach (WhatThursday evening (When) at home (Where), with a piece of bread because I’m usually still starving otherwise (which), because it’s healthy (why)

  • Measurable (Concrete creteria for measuring progress to reach the goal)

Ex: I will do 3 push ups per day (and not: I will exercice every day)

  • Attainable (Realistic)
  • Relevant (useful, worthwhile)
  • Time Bound (with a deadline)

– Set performance goals (“Try three times to get the job”), not outcome goals (“get the job“). In other words: focus on the effort, not the outcome.
– In every important field of your life:

  • Career
  • Financial
  • Education
  • Artistic
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Physical
  • Attitude
  • Pleasure
  • Craziness
  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Altruism
  • etc…

– Find out at least one intrinsic motivation to each goals (ex: Eat at least one vegetable per meal =>being healthy, be a better me, live longer, showing the exemple to my children, etc…).
– Remember Maslow hierarchy of needs? Try to set a set goals that improve each row of the pyramide. (Self actualisation in other words means be the best version of yourself)
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– Write it down. Display it so you can often see them.
– Start small.
– Talk about it around you.
– !!UPDATE!! Check, review, adapt your goals list, progress and failures often and regularly. This is actually VERY important, you don’t want to be a robot right? I mean, doing the same error over and over. So if it doesn’t work, if it’s too easy, too hard, not meaningful anymore, etc… Just change it.
– Get several life-long, long term, mid term, short term, and every day goals.
– Celebrate your success.

Still no idea?
– Google example of “values & beliefs”.
– Pick up yours.
– Google “example of goals”. Yes, inspiration comes with curiosity.
Take a look at mine 🙂
– Pick up yours.



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