Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Article Wednesday: Choosing Goals Right for You

The selection of any goals is something one should take seriously considering that what you want may not always be right for you. Deciding upon what your goals are going to be should be made only after carefully considering certain factors behind your decision. Learning how to set goals that truly benefit you either personally or professionally is more of a process and less of an impulsive choice. By simply reviewing the factors that led to your choice of any particular goal, you can better determine if it is right for you. Achieving goals usually involves work, commitment and sacrifice so it's best to be sure the goal is worth your time and effort. Here are 3 things you want to consider when establishing the goals you choose to pursue: Are Your Goals Realistic Establishing realistic goals is always the first step in your selection process. It serves no purpose to pursue something you're not capable of attaining. An atheist is not going to be the pope, a blind man will not play pro ball, nor will an American become the queen of England! This type of exercise in futility will only lead to frustration that can hinder any inner drive you may have for more goals that are realistic in the future. It is simply a bad plan initiated by a bad choice. Remember to review all your decisions or choices based upon their feasibility. If it is doable great, if not move on! Are Your Skill Sets What They Need to Be Many goals and objectives will likely require the need of certain skill sets to be accomplished successfully. Do you possess the necessary skills to reach these goals? If not are you capable of learning or developing them in order to be successful? Realistically embracing from the start whether you have the capabilities or could acquire them in order to reach your goals is a determination that MUST be made. Certain skill sets are natural talents while others require training or experience. If training is involved, do you have the motivation and resources to undergo and complete the training? These are only questions that you can answer. What is Your Intrinsic Motivation What are the 'real' reasons behind selecting your goals? Are the objectives you've chosen for your own personal needs or gratification or are they the desires that others may have for you? If you do not share the same desires that someone else may have for you, it's likely you won't possess the motivation needed to be successful. This is a tricky question and one that you must be completely honest about, at least with yourself. The deep inner drive or intrinsic motivation you possess will play a significant role in the successful accomplishment of any goals you may set. If you're not completely driven to succeed the outcome will likely be unmet goals. You must make these goals YOURS and NOT somebody else's. Establishing your goals involves more than simply choosing what you want. Further consideration needs to be given to your own abilities and other motivating factors that were behind your choice. Knowing how to set goals that best fit you and your circumstances will save you plenty of hard work, frustration, and heartbreak. Achieving goals that are better tailored to your needs will be more fulfilling and beneficial to you in the long run. TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina. For additional Online Success Tips and a free guide that demonstrates how to find both profitable markets and products visit:

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  1. Great article, Virginia. I often set my goals too high, then end up disappointed. I always have to be careful with goals, keep them small.

  2. Right on information, Virginia. One of the key aspects of setting goals is to make them realistic, actually doable. And, working toward the goals is essential.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I think a lot of people struggle with goal setting. That's why I liked this article so much.

    Mayra, you're right. Set small goals that help build up to the bigger goal.

    Karen, so true about making sure your goals are realistic. You are more likely to be successful if you set goals you can accomplish and use as building blocks for the tougher harder to reach goals.