Something’s changed in you. You’re feeling stronger than ever, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. You’ve finally honestly asked yourself, “What do I want in life?” and you’ve given yourself some astonishingly beautiful answers.
Feeling empowered, you know that now is the time to set yourself some very real goals, and big ones at that.
But then you hit a roadblock.
How exactly do you set some positive and productive goals, and what types of goals do you want to be setting for yourself, anyhow? How can you find balance in all the different aspects of your life, and still productively move forward in each?
Incredibly valid questions, and certainly something we should all deeply consider before we attempt to establish any kind of direction in life.
Whether it’s one goal, or multiple goals, it’s important to not only understand the construct of the goals themselves, but to also establish them in a smart and applicable fashion.
In doing so, as you pursue these different types of goals, you will inherently set yourself up for a rather beautiful path of some seriously progressive growth.
What Is Goal And Types Of Goal, And Is There A Difference?
First, however, let us come to an agreement on what exactly a goal is.
As a matter of fact, the Merriam Webster dictionary does a rather stupendous job of providing a goal definition as simply as one could — the end toward which effort is directed.
From here, we can look within the construct of this definition itself and give rise to a potential variance of how exactly that end is pursued. That is, there are different types of goals which could establish such an end.
Options here which may appear to be without boundary, but in actuality, we can indeed classify our types of goals into at least three distinct categories.
In the broadest sense of it, we set goals based on either time, focus, or topic.
Goals whose parameters of accomplishment are based in a linear progression of life, we call time goals. A short term goal, or a long term goal. A physical or mental residence which we have decided we would like to exist within, before reaching some rather specific time in our lives.
Time goals are actually very powerful things to have and give beautifully strict assistance to a platform of accountability. However, it is also worthy of note, that time goals can be very dangerous if we allow ourselves to embody such a goal when most or all of the variables are beyond our ability to control.
“I’m going to be married by age 30,” for example. This is a time goal that you honestly have absolutely no control over, so be careful not to kid yourself in such instances.
A prime example of a focus goal is something we can actually also refer to as an end goal.
That is, a goal that provides direction and focus throughout your life, to its end even, holding major influence over every decision you make. From how much money you have to spend on lunch today, to what city you are currently living in, and even to what kinds of people you choose to surround yourself with.
Focus goals are great in establishing your life path and are essential in helping to maintain an awareness of your own truest intentions.
Not to be confused with topic-based goals. Topic goals are typically rooted in something much more descriptive than a focus goal.
For example, where a focus goal could be something like, “When I am an old man, I will live in a house I’ve built myself.” A topic goal might sound more like, “I’m going to take this 3 week course on how to lay the foundation for a house.”
Specific topics which help you maintain a focus.
The overlap and taking it further
Still, there is indeed a reasonable room for overlap, between all three types of goals, actually. One could certainly have a topic goal based in a timeline, or both a short term focus and a long term focus goal.
Just remember, as you embody these different types of goals it’s important to be smart about it. Be sure that your goals actually make sense, and are something reasonably achievable within your personal abilities.
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Regardless of what types of goals you are setting, again, just make sure they are smart goals.
What Are The 5 SMART Goals?
Having smart goals.
Intuitively, this makes sense of course, no one wants to have goals that aren’t smart, right? But also, in a rather beautiful fashion, the word “smart” can be broken down into a simple and yet profound acronym:
An acronym that actually establishes quite the powerful and precise framework for goal setting, in and of itself. It couldn’t possibly flow more magnificently.
In taking a little more in depth look here at each one of these aspects individually, I think you’ll see what I mean.
First things first, be specific about your intentions. The more specific you can be about your goal setting, the better.
If you were to, on the other hand, set a goal that was rather vague and non-descriptive, you ultimately only set yourself up for an inevitable failure. If you don’t know what you want, you’re never going to be able to adequately work towards getting it.
So, establish what you want, be very precise about its nature, and then take action in the direction of its manifestation.
Also, make sure what you want is something measurable.
An aspect actually of being specific with the goal, as well. Instead of making a goal to lose weight, for example, make a goal to lose to 20 lbs.
This will give you a backboard to track your progress against, and will allow you to much more easily acknowledge and embrace your own progression.
Then, ensure that this new specific and measurable desire of yours is actually attainable.
Try not to bite off more than you can chew, so to speak. Ask yourself where you are in life, and what resources you have at your disposal. Develop a plan of action that is congruent with your honest ability to take such action.
Be real with yourself, and remain patient. Always remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
Within all of this, you should also maintain that the goal is actually relevant.
Be sure to question yourself as to why you are in pursuit of accomplishing the goal in the first place. What is your primary objective behind this pursuit, and will achieving it actually benefit you in your future endeavours?
Don’t waste your time.
Time is important, both in terms of using it wisely, and in terms how exactly you disperse this wisdom.
You’re not going to write a book in the next week, for example. But you might be able to finish one in the next year or so.
Set yourself a timeline, be specific about, and stick to it. Just make sure it’s realistic, and that it fosters a realm of productivity. One that will not leave you feeling overwhelmed and on a ‘time crunch.’
Be smart with your goals, and resultantly kind to yourself as you pursue them. Keep things simple, be patient, and apply this knowledge across all your different types of goals. Finding balance in every quadrant of your life, as you launch to the top of your own ladder of success.
Can you remember a time when you set a goal without this knowledge base? How did it go, and how could it have gone better had you applied what you now know? Share these revelations with us in the comments below!