Set Great Goals

By: Anya Rogers

Instead of asking, “what is the meaning of life?” we should be asking “what will make me happy in life?” According to Timothy A. Pychyl, making progress on goals causes us to feel happier and “more satisfied with life.” Why, then, do we not set lifetime goals for ourselves to achieve?

Hara Estroff Marano said that when people have goals to guide them, they are happier and achieve more than they would without having them. The best way to set goals is to make a long term goal as well as smaller goals that can be attained sooner. The larger goal might be for your career, or acquiring a physical or artistic ability, or even just changing how people see you.

For the goal to truly be to your benefit, it must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. After the long-term goal is set, the smaller goals can be defined and given a time frame. If the goal is to run a marathon in 2 hours, the 6-month goal would be to run a marathon in 2.5 hours, the one month goal would be to finish the length required for the marathon and the one week goal would be to run every morning.

The most effective and useful idea is to write the goals down and order them by deadline of completion and also priority. Some tasks need to be dealt with first or need extra attention while others can be done when there is extra time. Creating priorities and deadlines will help you to feel satisfied rather than rushed to complete responsibilities.

Mindtools stated that goals give you long-term vision and short-term motivation. If you know exactly what you want and how you’re going to get it, then it can be done. Once a goal is completed, not only do you receive the satisfaction of having completed it, you should also feel motivated to complete the following goals through a reward system.

Another important part of having goals is checking them often. Is this still what you want? Is it what will make you happy? If yes, the goal still pertains and should be your reason for wanting to succeed. If you have a reason to do well, then your life will feel more fulfilled.

When you have reached your final goal it can be exciting and satisfying. Also, when one goal is finished, it leaves time for a new goal to help you achieve the gratifying life you deserve.