If you’re anything like me having the big picture is the easy part, but knowing which brush and paint to use to make it happen is what’s difficult. That’s where the correct utilization of short and long term goals come in handy. They help to provide perspective to what you want to accomplish and provide milestones to keep you motivated, focused, and accomplished. Following I’ll discuss what short and long term goals are, how they differ, why you should use them, and where you should start.
What are Short Term and Long Term Goals, and Why Should You Use Them?
Short Term Goals are something you want to accomplish in the near future be it today, this week, month or year, and help you to make the progress necessary to reach your long-term goals (Careerwise).
Long Term Goals are something you want to make happen a little further down the road, usually several years, and require planning and focus.
Both long- and short term goals can turn those dreams of yours into reality. Short-term goals help you think about what you can do right away, and can help you manage your time more efficiently, while long term goals help with establishing the route needed to get to the ideal destination. Short-term goals might seem small, but completing them not only leads to accomplishing set long term goals, but can lead to big accomplishments in your life and future endeavors (Careerwise).
How Should You Start in Establishing Your Goals?
Jim Rohn believes we all have two choices: making a living or designing a life. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to make a living, but many of us have plans and goals of designing our lives. To help make that possible Rohn gives 4 Tips for Setting Powerful Goals in his article for Success.com
- Evaluate and Reflect
This step asks you to take a look at your current situation, determining where you are so you can see where you need to go.
- Define Your Dreams and Goals
Continuing reflection, this step requires you think deeply about what it is you really want for yourself as far as your dreams are concerned. Having your dreams written make tangible the things we believe are unlikely to accomplish.
- Make Your Goals S.M.A.R.T
Each goal should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely
- Have Accountability
Tell someone your goals, so that by checking in on your progress they may hold you accountable in following through with them
Setting goals provides long term vision and short term motivation, focusing knowledge gained with the organization of time and resources. Although the initial dream or ideal is the driving factor that makes you want to succeed, without goals you won’t have the gas to get there. For further insight and motivation on goal setting be sure to give Stever Robbins’ How to Set Goals for the Life You Want a read, and let me know how you plan on implementing or revising your goals so you can better reach your dreams and ideas?
Until next time,