If you ask most people, they will tell you what they want out of life. Many will not be able to articulate it, some will not be willing to share it out loud, and some will give you pretty concrete, well-thought out answers, like:
We are not in a position to tell people what their short-term and long-term hopes, dreams, plans, and aspirations out to be. In the examples shown, some are long-term goals and some are short-term goals. They are based on their values. If you search "values" on the internet, you will get several good sources to review.
Here is an example:
I get a $2,000 tax return refund. I have to decide what to do with that money - I need to set a goal. Should I:
What I do with the money really depends on life's circumstances and your core values, or what's really, really important to you as a human being. Values can change over time because life's circumstances change.
Making decisions can be tough - setting short-term and long-term goals can be tough! We do not want to regret our decisions and do something foolish. Indecisiveness, though, can hurt.
It is better to make a tough decision than make no decision at all.
Throughout this website and on this page, there are techniques, tips, and strategies to help anyone who is having a hard time with setting goals, becoming more mentally and physically organized to achieve those goals efficiently.
Here are some startling statistics:
To be goal-oriented is to be driven by purpose, focused on achieving a specific objective or task, according to dictionary.com. It sounds simple enough: In order to become goal-oriented, a person must work toward achieving something - a task or an objective. If it sounds so simple, why does only 8% of the population actually achieve goals?
According to Reliableplant.com, these are some of the key reasons people fail:
Setting specific, manageable goals with some kind of a time factor involved.
Setting action plans for each goals
Monitoring the goals
There are specific strategies and ideas that are research-based and specific enough to help people become more goal-oriented. Becoming more goal-oriented will help a person achieve a lot more in life, live with less far less regret, and build a profound legacy.
You CAN turn dreams, aspirations, desires, hopes, and wishes into reality by following the 3 steps:
1) Setting specific, manageable goal
2) Setting action plans for each goal
3) Monitoring the goal
A few of the strategies are shown in the PDF viewer below.
Goals can be set for various aspects of our lives, including the most common ones seen here:
One of the best ways to set goals and monitor them is by writing them down, preferably on an Excel or Word document, then backwards planning from a deadline using a planner.
Some goals can be short-term, which can be accomplished within 1 year, while others can be long-term, taking more than just 1 year.
A short term financial goal can be to pay $300 in credit card debt within 6 moths.
A long term financial goal can be to save $5,000 over the course of 3 years to purchase a car.
Setting a goal is just 1 part of the process in becoming goal-oriented. Part 2 involves setting action plans.
To pay off $300 in debt, $50 will be paid on a monthly basis to cover the entire balance due (as long as no additional interest charges get added).
To save $5,000 in 3 years, approximately $140 must be saved each month. If that's not possible, $100 can be saved, plus any additional money that comes in occasionally from birthdays, tax returns, etc.
Part 3 involves monitoring on either a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis to track the actions. If gone unchecked, there is a large chance that the goal will not be accomplished.
Once action plans are determined, they need to be calendared or written on a goal tracking form. To pay $50 per month toward a debt, the planner/calendar must have an entry at the beginning or end of each month to remind you to make the payment.
To get a downloadable sheet that can be used to make goals in the areas above, please click here to visit the Products page. On that page, you will also find other documents to help you monitor goals, like the Weekly Goal Progress form, and the Project Folder Covers.
Do you read self-help or self-improvement books?
Do you find them helpful?
Do you think it would help you get some strategies on how some of what those books teach can be used right away in your life?
Are you looking for ways to improve your life and set more goals for improvement?
If you answer YES to these questions, this article will give you some helpful insights!
Self-help books, self-improvement, and self-development books are essentially written to help readers change something or enhance something about themselves. These changes can be for their:
· Personal life
· Personality traits
· Overcoming obstacles
· Finding happiness
· And more!
Most writers of self-help books are experts in the field and have educational or experiential pathways that have led them to success. They share that knowledge with their readers in hopes of inspiring them to achieve goals in life. According to standoutbooks.com, writers' intent is to provide readers with the tools they need to improve an aspect of their lives.
The fact that self-help is a growing industry, especially in the United States, tells us that people acknowledge that they could use some help, advice, and motivation in their lives. People are willing to choose to change something specific in their lives to become happier, healthier, live more purposefully, and more.
Data and Statistics
Self-help and self-development books are a $2.5 billion industry in the United States alone. According to Psychologytoday.com, at least a third of the population has purchased a self-help book at least once in their lifetime. Amazon.com, alone, has over 417,000 self-help books available for purchase in the wide category of self-help or self-improvement. Unit sales of these books have grown by 11% since 2003.
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