Defining goals

Before setting goals, you must define what they are and what you want to accomplish.  You also must know the differences between long-term and short-term goals to help you define what you are aiming to get out of them.

Long-term goals are goals that are designed to be accomplished over a long period of time.

Short-term goals are goals that are designed to be accomplished over a shorter period of time.

One important thing to remember is that no matter the duration of the goal, there is a time frame in which you need to accomplish the goal or parts of the goal.  Long-term goals are often more difficult to accomplish, but are also often the more meaningful goals.  Within your long-term goals, you should set enabling goals.

Enabling goals are goals that are stepping stones to help you accomplish long-term goals.



Now that you understand the basic time frames of goal setting, you can begin how to classify your goals.

There are the classifications of goals:

  • rational goals,
  • direct planning goals and
  • break through goals.

Rational goals are for goals that have to do with concrete and solid ideas. They are usually short-term goals that deal with information that is readily available and clear.

Direct planning goals deal with the bigger picture and are usually long-term goals. With direct planning goals, often the timeline of the goal is unclear, however this is where you would use enabling goals.

Break through goals are appropriate for all time frame situations.  However, break through goals are to be used in times of crisis or when ultimate flexibility is needed. Sometimes you may accomplish a goal earlier than expected or you may need an extra week.

After understanding this, you can now begin to sketch out the basic ideas of your goals and help figure out what will work best for accomplishing them.

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