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Goal Setting 101
Home Self-Improvement Goal Setting
By: Rachel Moore Email Article
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you determine what is important to you. Goal setting allows you to make future plans, overcome new challenges, and recognize achievements. It builds self-confidence and motivates you to take responsibility of your future and destiny.

There are five types of goals:

1. Realistic
2. Specific
3. Challenging
4. Short-Term
5. Long-Term

Realistic goals are based on your current capabilities

Specific goals are detailed action steps necessary to get you what you want

Challenging goals require self-discipline and focus. They will be goals that cause you to stretch beyond your current skill level, knowledge, and resources. These type goals are achievable regardless of the level of complexity.

Short Term goals are ones you expect to accomplish within a day, a week, a month, or a year.

Long Term goals are those you expect to accomplish with one to five years.

There are several categories for goal setting:

1. Business or Career
2. Educational
3. Financial
4. Health and Wellness
5. Lifestyle (Artistic goals and the pleasures of life that you wish to obtain or experience)
6. Personal Development (emotional, mental, spiritual growth)
7. Public Service or Philanthropy

Business or Career goals are those that relate to an interest that you desire to grow in or to contribute for financial gain.

Educational goals allows you to choose how far you desire to go in your level of education. Career goals will often determine the level of degrees or required education.

Financial goals allows you to determine how much money you would like to earn after completing your education.

Health and Wellness goals relates to your physical body. They allow you to achieve your athletic and physical health goals.

Lifestyle goals includes artistic goals and the pleasures of life that you wish to obtain or experience. What are your hobbies? What new art would you like to learn, such as dance, instrument, music, or painting?

Personal Development goals are your emotional, mental, spiritual growth goals. What type books are you reading? Are your feeling emotionally healthy? Are you able to focus your thoughts from a positive perspective?
Public Service or Philanthropy goals allow you to achieve your goals in making the world a better place. Who do you desire to help? How do you desire to help?

As you reflect on the various goal categories, the need for prioritization will become apparent. Prioritizing reveals what is important to you. It is a powerful personal planning process. It helps you choose which areas in your life you prefer to focus on first.

Since we live in a world of distractions, so be prepared to work around them. Keep your written or visual goals before you to keep you on track. Discover how to turn your written goals into actual visual goals with Tote-a-Vision. Images make an impression within our minds. Those images help us to focus our thoughts and attention towards our goals.

Go and get your Tote-A-Vision now at http://mindyourvision.com and realize your goals.

Rachel Moore is an engineer, inventor, author, dancer, speaker, and Life-Vision Coach. To contact Rachel, please visit her website at http://www.mindyourvision.com (this link goes outside odesk.com).

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