Saturday, November 8, 2008

Three Important Questions - Understanding Your Life Goals

By Greg Frost

Have you set life goals for yourself in an attempt to make life meaningful? If you're someone with a keen ambition to succeed in life you'd probably have read up on achieving your life goals the SMART way, or rather, making them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.

If you ask anyone who has had experience with succeeding in achieving their goals, they would tell you that the above five are the most important elements in goal-setting. They can provide a very comprehensive understanding of your own life goals, and help you understand if they're realistic enough for you to achieve given the capabilities and resources you have on hand.

Not all goals are one-size-fits-all. Our life goals should be tailor-made to our own capabilities and personalities. In order for you to fully understand your life goals, you need to ask yourself these three important questions:

1. Are the goals challenging for you?

Think about it for a second. If you've already been taking the actions required of you and if you're comfortable with them, shouldn't you already achieve your goals by now? A challenging goal motivates us to constantly improve ourselves, to keep up with the pace that is required of us to get to that goal over the horizon. The goal should make you work for it; in fact it should force you to make some changes in your life. Remember, for any goal worth setting there should be changes worth making, and at the end of the day your journey towards your goal should be a big part of your personal development. Your goal should eventually make you a better person by the end of your journey.

2. Are you inspired by the goals?

Your goals should inspire you just as they should challenge you. Those who have succeeded in attaining their goals in life would often tell you that they were inspired by something, and that something is usually the goal that they were after. Some have even been inspired enough to sacrifice the most precious things to them personally in order for them to achieve their goals. Your goals should not cast you into a depressed state of mind, not even when you fail to achieve them. If you find yourself depressed by your goals then perhaps it may be high time for you to rethink your strategies or even your goals. Re-evaluate your goals and go for something that is just as challenging, but ones that inspire you to do better.

3. Is there anyone who can help?

There's no sugarcoating it. People are going to critique you on your goals. They will tell you that you can't do it, that you're not cut out for it, that you'll never attain your goals. Sure, some may do it with the best intentions because they don't want to see you get hurt when you stumble in your journey, but here's the thing you should do: Don't listen to them! Remember, your stamina for your journey is going to be composed of mostly self-motivation, so if you're going to allow outside influence to affect your motivation, you'll lack that extra drive to push onward for that final lap. Sometimes people fail to achieve their goals because they allow others to plant the seeds of doubt in them. Remove yourself from the doubters, and find people who have attained a similar goal as the one you're pursuing. Get the advice you need from them, let their success inspire your own. They've been there, done that, so they understand the trials and tribulations that you may be going through.

You now know the three important questions that you need to ask before you can fully understand your life goals. Keep the answers to these questions in mind as you go along, and you will never stray from your path to success. - 14682

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