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Goal Setting

Developing appropriate goals and a realistic plan that will help you to accomplish them is quite often a significant challenge for many. 

A worksheet to help you to set realistic goals has been included as well as a sample of a complete worksheet.

Types of Goals

Goals are things, activities, experiences and relationships an individual desires to obtain, go through or establish which reflect or represent underlying values. Goals are usually, although not always, more concrete than life values. Setting and obtaining (or not obtaining) goals can be thought of as guideposts which serve to reaffirm in a specific way our progress in terms of life direction. When we regularly meet our goals, it lets us know we are moving up in terms of continually realizing those values we cherish the most in life.

Short Range Goals

Something you want right away — today, this week, or this month. Example: David's goal was to schedule all of next semester's classes by the end of the day.

Intermediate Goals

Something you want a little later on — in the next month, three months, or six months. Example: Cynthia's goal was to turn in all of her homework this week (or month).

Long-Range Goals

Something you want over a long period of time. Example: Ronald and Jane, both eight years' old at this time, have indicated that some day they would like to earn college degrees and be rich.

How do decisions, values, attitudes, and goals relate to each other?

A decision can be greatly influenced by one's attitude and yet, the decision may not reflect a person's deeper life value(s). Therefore, it is important for one to be specifically aware of life values in order to more effectively direct his or her attitudes. Furthermore, setting and obtaining goals serves as checkpoints to determine if one is, indeed, making progress and increasingly realizing or meeting underlying life values. The greater the degree of harmony between life values, attitudes, decisions and goals, the more likely the individual will experience a satisfying and fulfilling life.