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Paul Abraham: How to set the correct goals for you?

By Paul Abraham of www.headingonwards.com

Following on from my last article and while still in partial lockdown, you can evaluate what you want to achieve or have achieved by the time we get back to normality.

Why Set Goals?

Top-level athletes, successful business-people and high-achievers in all fields set goals.  Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It makes you focus to make your dreams and ambitions in life come true. 

By setting clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the reaching of your goals, however large or small and this will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognise your own ability in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

“SMART” Goals

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART method. This is the most used technique to create achievable goals.  The SMART method is how to set your goals so

S – Specific  M – Measurable  A – Attainable  R – Relevant  T – Time-bound

For example, instead of having “I want a new job” as a goal, it’s more powerful to use the SMART goal “I will have started a new job that I enjoy doing by December 31, 2020.”  

This gives you a definite target with a date to keep you focused.  To break it down further you could use smaller goals to reach your target such as “I will spend an hour per day looking at job recruitment websites” then “I will arrange an interview with a recruitment company by the end of next week”. 

Here are some examples of how to create better goals using the SMART technique.

Eat betterEat two pieces of fruit a day Have 2 chocolate free days a week
Go to night schoolEnrol in a course on basket making
Meet new peopleBecome a volunteer for a local charity
TravelSpend two weeks in Thailand by Dec 31st 2022
Be less stressedLearn how to meditate and relaxation techniques
Exercise moreJoin a health club by the end of this month
Spend time with the kidsOrganise one family “activity” per week
Lose weightJoin a local slimming club by the end of this month

Read more of Paul Abraham’s weekly mental health tips here.


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