Importance of Goal Setting
Just try imagining what a day in your life will be like five or
10 years down the lane. Now, if you do not have the faintest
clue about your goal, no wonder you are going to have hard time
motivating yourself to work towards that career as a final goal!
One way to easily visualize all your goals - and their relation
to each other is to construct a goal pyramid. Let me explain it
to you: - 1. Centered at the top of a piece of paper, put down
in writing what you hope to ultimately gain from your education.
This is your long-range goal and the apex of your pyramid.
Example: I want to become a successful architect. 2. Below your
long-range goal, list the mid-range goals - milestones or steps
that will lead you to your eventual target. For instance, if
your long-range goal is to become an architect, your mid-range
goals might include getting admission to a decent school of
architecture, completing your course and getting an interesting
internship with a reputed architectural firm. 3. Below the
mid-range goals list all short-range goals you can think of -
the smaller steps, which you can complete, in a relatively
shorter period of time. For example: paying more attention to
your mechanical drawing, completing your class XII with a decent
percentage, working through previous year's test papers for
gaining practice and speed to fare well in your entrance exam.
As you go along, your goal pyramid may alter somewhat. You may
even decide on a different career. Or your mid-range goals may
change as you decide on a different path leading to your
long-range goal. Of course your short-range goals will change
more frequently. The process of creating your own pyramid will
show you at a glance how all the little daily and monthly steps
you take lead to your mid-range and long-range goals. It will
motivate you to work with added zest and enthusiasm. Why Put
Your Goals Down On Paper? For one, the need to define a goal
clearly stems from the principle that everything is created
twice, first in the mind of the one who wishes to achieve it,
and only thereafter in the actual creation. For instance, a
sculptor visualizes all details of his image before he begins to
chisel. Similarly, you hold the power to shape your own destiny
in your own hands.
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