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Setting Goals

Setting goals is a vital and extremely useful skill in life. If you set goals, whether they are big lifelong goals, or small daily goals, you are more likely to achieve things you want to achieve and be more successful. Studies show that it usually takes five or six unsuccessful attempts at goal setting to make them happen. So if you don’t achieve you goals straight away, don’t give up!

There are hundreds of tips and tricks to help you set goals, but one that I think is really helpful is the SMART method.

SMART is a mnemonic for:

Specific: Instead of a general goal such as “I want to do better in school” you should set a specific goal like “I will complete my homework essay by the end of this week.” Setting specific targets will make it a lot easier to achieve your overall goal
Measurable: By making your goals measurable, it will be easier to track your progress and realise if you have been successful.
Attainable: It is important to know whether your goals are realistic. If you aim to achieve an unrealistic target then you are more likely to be unsuccessful. Always set sensible and manageable goals to ensure you achieve what you want to achieve.
Relevant: Are your goals relevant to the ‘big picture’ i.e. Your main goal, possibly the biggest one. What you’ve got to look at is the small goals that you’ve set: Are they worthwhile? Are you likely to achieve them? Are these definitely the goals you need to set?
Time- related: Setting time specific targets will keep you on track and help you to really focus on what you need to do. Rather than setting one goal that you want to achieve a long time ahead in the future, think about what you need to do along the way to reach that goal.

What about you? What goals do you have for the future? Let us know – if you’re a young person thinking about the next few years, we’d love to hear from you!

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Posted on 11 February 2015

Posted in Advice for young people

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