The Importance of Setting Personal and Achievable Goals

Why personal goals matter
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Written by Carol Trehearn

Personal goals matter because they keep you working towards something that, when achieved, gives you a sense of accomplishment.

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There isn’t anything you can do in life that isn’t made better by setting personal goals and giving it your all making it happen. From weight loss to career advancement, goals give you something to strive for and a great sense of accomplishment when you attain them. However, one of the things that many people don’t understand is that a major goal should technically be broken down into a series of minor or small stepping-stone goals.

So, if you’ve become apathetic because you haven’t been able to reach that goal you set for yourself, don’t give up! You are probably just approaching it wrong. Take a look at why goals matter and how you can reach your goals each and every time.

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The Importance of Setting Personal Goals

In today’s society, it seems like everything happens at the speed of light. It’s a busy world we live in and one that is hard to control unless you set goals. For example, you want a new car because the one you have been driving for ten years is about to die but the cost of the car you want is way beyond what you can afford, so you just don’t bother.

That’s the wrong way to approach it, a totally wrong mindset. By looking at ways to increase your income or qualify for a loan, you might have that dream car sooner than you think! The car is your ultimate goal and the extra job or the affordable loan are stepping stones. They are your serial goals on the road to your personal goal of owning a new car.

Minor Goals Are a Vital Component in Setting Personal Goals

The same holds true for advancement on the job. Instead of despairing you will be in the same job for the rest of your life, why not take your RN degree, study for a masters of science in nursing and within about 6 or 7 months you will qualify for a position in administration. Schools like Bradley University offer graduate studies such as a master of science in nursing online to make it easy for you to advance in your career without leaving your current job to pursue advanced studies.
Your goal is to advance in nursing and the minor goals are comprised of each and every unit you study, each test you take and, ultimately, your degree. These all lead you forward on your path to a position in healthcare administration, if that’s what you have your heart set on achieving.

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Apathy Gets You Nowhere

Personal goals matter because they keep you working towards something that, when achieved, gives you a sense of accomplishment. Throwing in the towel in despair gets you nowhere. That’s the epitome of apathy and will get you nowhere on your journey through life. So why do personal goals matter? You can see that each time you accomplish something you’ve set your mind to, you feel that sense of accomplishment. It’s something that makes you feel good about yourself, as rightly you should. When you feel good about yourself and the things you’ve accomplished you will find your performance improves and you get farther along the path you are traveling.

Personal goals matter because they are a way in which you can validate who you are and what you can do. Just remember to set those stepping-stones along the path to keep you motivated with each small accomplishment. Once you get the hang of setting goals, you will turn your life around and that’s a very good thing.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

I’ve accepted that I am where I am and it’s okay.  

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

 I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space.  I need to be mindful of my tolerance of others.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a small holding surrounded by animals.  My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?

I love peace and quiet and that’s not so easy to achieve in a world filled with people.  Read between the lines — noise gets me down.

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my space, independence, family, friends and animals

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Carol Trehearn

Carol has a love for freelance writing.

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