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How to Set Goals (and Why It’s Important)

Let’s talk goal setting.

Setting goals is super important. It allows you to visualize what tasks and goals you’re looking to accomplish, and how you want to accomplish them. And as the famous quote goes “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” So if you’re interested in learning how to set goals, and why setting goals is so important, then keep on reading.



Why you should set goals

Setting goals helps you remember and hold yourself accountable long term, which in-turn makes you more likely to accomplish your goals compared to if you didn’t have a plan. And not only that, science shows that when setting and reaching your goals, you trigger the reward system in your brain which releases dopamine, (the feel-good chemical).

 

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How to set goals

1. Analyze your goals and outline a plan

Come up with a specific plan for each of your goals. Ask yourself some questions. Why do you want to set these goals in particular? Are they short-term or long-term? What do you expect out of achieving these goals? How much time will it take to achieve them?

You can also follow the S.M.A.R.T method:

  • S for specific
  • M for measurable
  • A for attainable
  • R for relevant
  • T for time based

Example of a non-S.M.A.R.T goal: I want to run a marathon

Example of a S.M.A.R.T goal: I want to be able to run a marathon in 6 months from now.



2. Write it down

Write down your goals so that you can see it right in front of you. Visibly seeing your goals help keep you motivated and on-track. You can even create daily to-do lists for smaller tasks, and cross them off as you go. This method also gives you a boost of dopamine, which is why to-do lists are so highly regarded.

 

3. Keep it consistent

Small actions lead to big results. And you might not think of your small achievements as much in the moment, but looking at the overall picture you will. So keep chipping away at those goals.

 

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4. Celebrate both big and small achievements

Keep yourself motivated by celebrating big and small achievements. Say your goal is to go vegan. Celebrate smaller goals like when you’ve successfully cut out dairy, or when you’ve been vegan for an entire month. Like previously mentioned, small actions lead to big results. I’m sure your past self would be very excited to see your current accomplishments- no matter how big or small.



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Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish. Achieving your goals takes a lot of dedication and actionable steps. Keep chipping away at it and I’m sure you’ll get there in no time.

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