Do You Still Set Goals For Yourself? What is One Goal You Set?

@artistry (4154)
United States
November 28, 2009 7:43pm CST
Are you in the habit of setting goals for yourself? Long term goals, short term goals? Goal setting is good, but you have to follow up, they say, do an assessment. Do you find that goal setting helps you?
6 responses
@1hopefulman (31692)
• Canada
29 Nov 09
Yes, if I don't set goals some important things don't get done because it's so much easier to waste time watching television or spending too much time on the computer. Important things take much effort to accomplish. So having daily goals is important. One spiritual goal I have is to read the entire Bible each year but if I don't set the amount I will read read tomorrow then I get behind. So each day I decide how much I will read the next day. I find it helps me achieve the goal. Often I will write down what I will do the next day like clean the house or do the laundry, ect.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
29 Nov 09
...Hi 1hopefulman, Great name. Very impressive, especially your reading the Bible, I am sure the things that are going on now in the world, you are able to relate to very well. I think it helps a person or if you are married, people to set goals for themselves. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and helps to remind them what they wanted to do. People who set goals, I would think get more done than others who don't. I am sure that is not in all cases but a lot. Take it easy and thanks very much for your reply.
@1hopefulman (31692)
• Canada
2 Dec 09
Hi artistry! Thanks for your reply. As I look at the world I'm kind of reminded of the Charles Dickens book A Tale of Two Cities where he says it was the best of times and it was the worst of time. What we see happening is very exciting as it seems that we are at the climax of what the Bible points to. It looks like we are in the closing pages of wickedness with the best coming soon. The future looks bright but we still have a bit of darkness to face. Someone once said that when you set a goal you are half way there. Sounds wise to me to set goals and the work them out. At least this way you know where you want to go. Good success to you!
@artistry (4154)
• United States
2 Dec 09
...Hi 1hopefulman, You are correct, there is excitement being created for the future by some of the goals being set forth by the new administration in the US, the green jobs, the new concepts in technology. Then there is a grayness of thought with all the ongoing wars, and possibility of terrorism occurring, as to what the future holds. When you set a goal, it gives you some purpose, something to look forward to. It becomes a stepping stone to your next accomplishment. Take it easy.
• Philippines
29 Nov 09
Hi. My husband and I always set short and long-term goals. Our short term goals range from one day to one year while our long term goals are those we want to achieve/accomplish within five to ten years. Goal setting helps us to focus on things/activities of great importance. These goals are oftentimes related to the success of our family relationships, careers and business. We have even set goals for the places to travel within this year, within the next five and ten years. Our goals do change from time to time depending on the outcome of our regular re-assessments. How about you? Do you set goals for yourself?
@artistry (4154)
• United States
29 Nov 09
...Hi soledadchickz, You and your husband sound like people who are organized and are getting the most out of life. I have great admiration for you and what you are doing. I am one who decides that this is what I want to do, and I just do it. I am not one who accomplishes things by setting time limits short or long term. But if there is something in my mind that I want to get done, such as getting my pilot's license, that is a goal I guess but there is one time limit on it, long term or short term. As long as I am alive, I will have that as something I want to do. I call myself a strange bird. I blame all of my strangeness on my artistic background. Thanks for responding. Keep up the good work in accomplishing your goals.
• Philippines
29 Nov 09
Oh, I envy that attitude most of the time. Sometimes I think that over-organizing/planning really becomes a weakness for both of us. We would always plan or carefully weigh our choices and by the time we're ready to do something, the opportunity is already gone. Being organized really has its pros and cons.
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
6 Dec 09
No, I don't. I've never been able to stay so focused or driven. Too many variables always get in the way. I have the ability to set the goal and to draw up a plan to achieve it but I don't have the ability required to follow through...it's one of my life's more disappointing facets.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
6 Dec 09
....Hi Ms Tickle, I hope you are doing well. As I have said before, I don't set goals, I mentally have something I want to do without a time table and somewhere along the line I do it. That works for me. If you are really disappointed about not setting and accomplishing you goals that you set for yourself and want to change that, then I would suggest that you set a tiny goal, and write it down, put down the steps that will get you there and follow your notes. Make it something doable in a short period of time, When you finish or complete that tiny one, savor it and set another one just a but larger than the one you just accomplished. You can do it if you wish. But I wouldn't stress over it in any way. You have accomplished a lot without titling them as goals, just look at your life, you are a success. We don't have to have labels over our heads saying, "I have set and accomplished 1, 2, and 3". It is just a fact that you have accomplished many things without formally setting them up as goals. Therefore you should not in my mind be disappointed at all, you have done it already. Many times. Take care. Thanks for your reply.
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• China
29 Nov 09
yes,in past days of this year,i often set goals for myself,such as learn photoshop skills in one year,learn some basic decorating knowledge in half of year,learn basic Korean in one year and so on,while every time i just started with exiting and ending with sad,it is so hard to follow up the goals set before.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
29 Nov 09
...Hi shuying8710, I still think if you set goals, you are possibly going to accomplish them. But the other thing is that you have to probably set your time perimeters more realistically, in other words give yourself more time to accomplish your goals, and follow up periodically. Also, if I were you I would only do one at a time, you might be over crowding yourself. Thanks so much for your input. Take care.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
29 Nov 09
I don't always have goals, but setting one is a good way to make your mind concentrate in following a straight path. Now I have a goal, and I'm concentrating all my efforts towards it.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
29 Nov 09
...Hi madteaparty, You are so right, if you set a goal for yourself, that goal becomes a focal point and your mind is set on accomplishing whatever it is. Once you have done that one particular goal, you go on to the next one. As I said before, I think people who set goals accomplish more than those who don't. I wish you well with your new goal, it should make you happy once your reach that mark. Take care.
• United States
29 Nov 09
I do try to make goals, but it's hard for me to follow them up, so to speak. It seems that when I make a goal, and fail to reach it by the alloted time I've given myself, I get upset and tend to give up. I've been trying to change that by allowing myself more time for things, so I hope it will work. My new goal is to lose 50 pounds by December of 2010.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
29 Nov 09
...Hi TickleMeBreathless, Your name makes me want to laugh, I think someone is tickling me. I tend not to set goals, I just do what it is I want to do. Maybe it's a matter of mentally setting goals for myself but without time constraints, that works better for me. Fifty pounds, well for one thing I will suggest to you, that you chew everything you eat many times before you swallow it, helps with your digestion and helps you to lose weight. Chew until the food is the consistency of baby food. Try to drink up to eight glasses of water a day. Drink as much boiled water with a little lemon as you can, helps to purge the fat. Take a half of a potassium pill every now and then to keep your chemical balance with the water intake and output. Cut down on the salt and white bread. Try to walk through your house at a brisk pace, with books or small weights and swing your arms. Try exercising before you get out of bed in the morning, leg lifts, arm swings, knees together swung from side to side, sit ups and your own creations. Good luck. Thanks for your response. Take care.