Does setting goals work for you?

@kiran1978 (4138)
Australia
February 21, 2008 5:03am CST
I love to set goals, it is the only thing that really motivates me to achieve things. I first started setting goals when I was 10 years old and I was swimming competitively. One of the goals I wanted to achieve was to crack the 30 seconds for 50 metres freestyle. I trained so hard to achieve that goal, 10 times a week, swimming 10kilometres a day. Finally I achieved it, I swam 50 metres freestyle in 29 seconds. That was my proudest achievement as a child. From then on I knew setting goals were great. I now write goals for things I want to achieve in the year, five years, long term future. If I can see myself getting closer to my goal, the more I strive to reach it. How about you have you set goals before? DOes it work for you? Do you say it daily or visualise your goals?
5 responses
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
Setting goals really works well with me. I visualize long-term goals that I plan every year. Then I also set short-term goals for the following week. I combine the two of them and more often than not I get positive results. I also have contingency goals in case my original goal cannot serve me well. I always plan things ahead of time so I will know the things that I will have to do.
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@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
22 Feb 08
Wow you sound like an expert in goal setting. I have not had contingency goals, what a great idea. I will have to work on that one myself. Thanks for your response.
@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
Setting goals is one of the things that I do these days to accomplish my duties and responsibilities both in my work and for my family. I usually set the short-term goals by myself but I mostly ask assistance from my partner in setting the long term goals. It works for me. It makes my life organized.
@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
21 Feb 08
Thanks nengs for your response. I am glad to hear that your goal setting has worked in helping achieve the things you want in life. What a great idea writing goals with your partner. Two people working towards same goal, better success rate. I also like to feel organised, it is a good feeling.
@littleowl (7157)
22 Feb 08
hi kiran interesting discussion i make goals for the year mainly-am not bold enough to go any further! last year i actually finished the goals i needed to but it isn't always that way normally i fail think its a matter of willpower-which you seem to have-your friend littleowl
@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
22 Feb 08
You obviously do have more will power then you think littleowl for achieving your goals last year. Maybe beside each goal you can write some actions that you need to take to achive those goals throughout the year. Another great idea to help you is to have a cork board with pictures or words of the goals you want to achieve make it into a collage. That might help motivate you and give you some more willpower. Thanks for your response. :)))
@littleowl (7157)
22 Feb 08
thanks for your words of encouragement kiran maydo something similar to what you suggested-littleowl
@player143 (879)
• India
21 Feb 08
Setting goals is a good habit.BUT we need to work hard for fulfiling that goal
@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
22 Feb 08
So true, it is quite easy to set goals, but then you need an action plan on how to achieve those goals. Thanks for your response. :))
• United States
22 Feb 08
I set goals for different things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. If I set a goal for something I really want I am more likely to stick to it and achieve that goal. If I set it for something just to get it done, I tend to lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel and it often ends up unaccomplished. If there something I need to get done I either do it or just work and it and usually I don't even realize that I necessarily set a goal to achieve it.