How many articles and blog posts have you read about managing goals? Probably a lot, right? But if you want to manage goals for personal development, you need to keep it simple.
Our lives can be complicated enough, so try to choose the easier track. By keeping it simple, your goals will feel far more achievable. So, make sure you create and manage goals that work for you.
There are six main areas that you can concentrate on so that you can succeed with your personal development.
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The Six Areas – Manage Goals For Personal Development
Let’s have a look at the six areas in more detail, so you can use them to manage your goals.
1. Bottom Level
Let’s get to the nitty-gritty!
What do you want to achieve in your personal development?
It doesn’t have to be some far-reaching target that ends up being too far out of your reach. These goals can depress you.
Keep it as simple as possible.
For example, if you want to learn another language, break it down. Think about little chunks of education instead of the full package.
Write down “I will speak basic Russian in 3 months”, instead of “I will be fluent in Russian in 3 months”.
Once you have written down your simple goal, you can then research it. Surf on the internet, ask family and friends.
What did other people do when they learnt Russian?
Become a research King or Queen.
Not only will you then know everything about learning Russian, but you will also feel super motivated.
There is nothing better than reading or hearing about success stories that inspire you, whatever goal you are pursuing.
Also, if you read a negative experience, don’t let it put you off. You can learn from that experience and avoid making the same mistake.
After you have done your research, you will have gleaned a good benchmark for what works and doesn’t work.
3. Plan It
You’ll not get far with anything unless you plan it.
Sure, some people can “wing it” and can reap some fantastic results. But this will not last long-term.
Prior planning ensures that you perform well.
Planning it also involves writing it down. If you want to manage goals for personal development, this is crucial.
The whole process of writing goals down and tracking them is part and parcel of personal development.
Before you decide to start on any goal, don’t even carry on from this point unless you have it written down.
4. Do It
Planning is important. Doing it is essential.
What is the point of a plan if you are not going to do anything?
We all know people who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. What type of person do you want to be?
It doesn’t take a genius to know that actions speak so much louder than words.
So get to it.
Break it all down into little “chunks” and use those baby steps to progress one step at a time.
Before you know it, you will be forging ahead without even thinking about it. The key is, don’t think about it, like Nike says, “Just do it!”
5. The Magic
You don’t have to believe in fairies, but believing in a little magic can help. Life is full of little mysteries.
What came first, the chicken or the egg? Why is a cupboard called a cupboard? Should the paper on a toilet roll be next to the wall or on the other side?
Try to add a bit of magic to your life, if it isn’t there already.
Open yourself up to all possibilities. Look out for synchronicities and connections that can help you.
As you work towards your goals, try to sprinkle some magic here and there.
Give goals your personal stamp.
If everybody did the same thing what a boring planet we would live on. Embrace your differences and push them here and there as you work to your goal.
6. Goal Success
When you get to your goal… and you will…enjoy it!
Sometimes the journey there is the most exciting thing, as you learn new things and you change and grow as a person.
But don’t forget to enjoy the goal itself.
It might have taken you hours, days, weeks, months, or even years to get there.
It doesn’t matter how long it took. Success is a success, no matter what!
If you don’t already, start taking a simpler approach to managing your goals. Goal setting can be fun, and when it is, it makes things far more interesting. Use the steps above to manage it easily.
- What is it all about? What is the bottom level?
- Research your benchmark.
- Start planning and write it all down.
- Put it into action.
- Use magic whenever you can.
- Enjoy your success!
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Sally Leslie is a personal development dream weaver and optimist. She helps freelancers and entrepreneurs create balance in their lives and work towards their personal and professional goals. Sally is also a freelance content writer/copywriter for B2B/B2C content. A lover of plants, freedom, and football!