How to Set Goals and Why They’re Important

How to Set Goals

Setting personal goals is not always a comfortable activity. However, it is a necessary step in the constant process of self-improvement. read on to discover how to set your own goals and see success.

When setting goals, it’s important to keep the following things in mind:

Relevance: The goals that you are setting need to be relevant for you in your current situation. Just because your friend created a goal to lose 20 pounds, doesn’t mean that you need to follow suit. Evaluate your personal situation and realize what is making you the most unhappy or needs the most improvement. Your personal goals should reflect specific improvements in those areas.

Positivity: Positivity is not only beneficial in pressure situations, but it can also prove beneficial in helping you achieve your goals. For example, let’s say you want to purge your life of unhealthy relationships because they haven’t been supportive. Instead of phrasing it so that you would be getting rid of things, the phrasing should reflect positive actions. The goal should then be: I will maintain those relationships that are supportive, motivational, and healthy.

> Realistic: When you are setting goals, it may be easiest to set goals that you believe could be feasible if you changed behaviors, but might not be feasible otherwise. In this instance, focus your goals on that change in behavior. Here’s an example: You want to lose 20 pounds, but don’t currently work out or eat well. Instead of making your goal “lose 20 pounds,” focus your goal on incorporating work outs and healthy eating into your routine. That being said, if you’ve never been one who exercises regularly, set your goal small initially in order to incorporate this behavior change into your routine. Once your routine includes this new behavior, you can increase the frequency of exercise from one day a week to two or three times a week.

But why is any of this important?

Goals give us activity and purpose. Even if you just have one goal, you still have one thing to be actively working towards. There is always something that you could be doing to further your progress in achieving your goals. Once you have achieved a goal, not only does it feel really incredible, but you can look back at the progress you’ve made and use that as motivation to create new goals and continue the process all over again.

After learning these three tips, I decided to write my own goals. Here are my brand new goals for self-improvement:

> Continue to make organization a priority.

> Learn something new everyday.

> Only keep the material things that are necessary and useful.

what are your goals?

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7 thoughts on “How to Set Goals and Why They’re Important

  1. Ellen says:

    Hello Kristine,

    Good post, I absolutely love setting myself goals, though I am terrible at over achieving and then giving up :( However I have tried to change a little and set myself more realistic and smaller goals and habits.

    What things are you wanting to learn every day? :)


    • My Little Box of Tricks says:

      Hey Ellen,

      I definitely know what it’s like to set goals, complete them & then give up. I’m trying to break that habit too.

      I’ve always been a curious kid, but lately I’ve really been enjoying learning about the marketing and PR industries. I’m also currently reading a book that describes some of the science behind stressful and pressure-filled moments, which is really interesting too (post to come soon!)


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