How to set goals and know your priorities

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Taking care of yourself has a lot to do with your personal development. Having a clear focus on what you want to accomplish in the long term will motivate and challenge yourself to achieve what you desire.

It’s almost the new year, and you’ve probably been asked the daunting question about what your goals for the upcoming year are. To be quite honest, I usually roll my eyes when asked this question, mostly because setting goals shouldn’t be restricted to just one year.

Typically, when people talk about setting goals for the upcoming year things like working out more, eating healthier, reading more books, etc. are all on the agenda. But, these goals are boring and often unrealistic. Setting short-term goals like exercising more work great in the beginning, but they fizzle out after about a month.

When it comes to your personal development, long term goals are the most effective. Setting goals like getting the job you love—or a job in general—picking up a new hobby, moving to a new place, etc. are practical things to set your mind on.

According to Forbes, goals trigger our behavior, guide our focus, help us stay motivated, and help us master skills. Making a clear, written out list of practical things you want to accomplish can help you understand what’s important in your life. Some goals are restricted to just one year, but understanding what you want to accomplish in two or even three years is just as important even if its way down the line.

So how do you set goals that you know you will accomplish?R


In terms of yearly goal setting, think about what you accomplished in the previous year. Think about the relationships you had/have, any jobs or positions you acquired, etc. Reflecting on your successes in the previous year can help motivate your mind to accomplish new goals based on what you’ve achieved in the past. It’s also important to recognize your short comings to see how you can grow in the upcoming year.N

Name your goals

Grab a notebook and pen and write down your goals. Having a hard copy makes your goals more permanent—making it harder for your mind to give into the excuses down the road. Is there a job that you want? Is there a new activity you want to take on? Is there something personal you want to work on? Understanding how you want to grow as a person is a good first step to making realistic goals.


We’re all at fault for this inevitable feeling. At some point, you’re going to feel complacent and not really care about the goals you set months ago. But, don’t fall deep into this trap. When you find yourself making excuses, revisit your notebook to see how you’ve grown since planning the initial goals. Afterall, challenging yourself in pursuit of your goals and growing as a person is sometimes more important than achieving the goal itself. Don’t lose sight of what matters to you. Work hard for what you desire.

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