Are you trying to get your life in order but not sure how to set proper goals? If so, I hear where you’re coming from! Setting goals is not easy, but fortunately, I’ve put together this little acronym to make setting goals easier for you. Just follow GOAL!
G – Gender-specific
Specificity in your goal reflects how seriously you take them. Having vague goals is an indication that you’re not serious about your goals. Make your goals specific. In fact, make your goals gender-specific. This will help you hone in on what you really want to accomplish. For example:
- Meet 5 girls at a bar.
- Perform 25 modified (girl) push-ups
O – Original
Do you want to reduce your credit card debt by 25% Yes? Well, so does everyone else, and someone is likely to beat you to it. It’s not enough to just say you want to do something. You have to set out to do something that you’ll be the first to accomplish. Original goals would be more like:
- Reduce my debt by exactly pi%
- Reduce your carbon footprint. Literally!
A – Attitude
Lethargy is dangerous – especially when setting goals. Make sure you set your goals with attitude, largely by adding punctuation to them. Punctuation can be added almost anywhere in your goal. For example:
- Lose 10lbs of weight in a month!
- Join! a? book. club;
L – Lower your goals
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’re here reading a blog article about setting goals, which means that we’re probably not the overachieving. Let’s not go overboard and set goals that we can’t accomplish. When you think you’ve set the right goal, dial it back by maybe 10%. Some examples of goals that have been dialed back a bit include:
- Run a 4.5K
- Put more money into your 360.9K retirement plan.
So there you have it. Just try to follow these guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to setting great goals!