Setting goals seems like a simple enough task, but the key is to set goals that are both attainable and dynamic.
To set yourself up for success and growth, you must envision yourself in the place you want to be. Try to start there, at the end, then work your way backwards and picture how you will get there. These steps are all part of your goal. This can work for any number of goals, from simple, short-term goals to challenging, long-term goals.
Think about some of your past goals, both completed and not. Why were some not attained? What helped you achieve the others? Look at your track record, while accounting for factors that were not in your control and determine how you are best able to achieve your goals and what tends to hinder you.
A vital part of examining your goals is constantly coming back to them and reviewing them because the steps to get there and the goal itself may change at any point, even without you realizing. Is the job you’re working toward really the one that you still want and can excel at? Is the current job you’re at actually the one that will still get you where you want to go? As we learn more about ourselves, often we find that what we thought was perfect for us, no longer fits the bill. Don’t waste time chasing a goal that is no longer what you want. And definitely don’t waste time taking steps toward your goal that are no longer the most efficient; often new routes and opportunities present themselves to us and we may not realize that, though maybe they weren’t part of our plan, they may in fact help us more than we even realized.
When it comes down to it, achieving goals is all about following the best steps to get to where you want to be. Sometimes plans change and sometimes circumstances change, but if you keep the big picture in your head, you can adjust accordingly and continue on the best path to making your goals happen.