How often do you think about setting personal development goals? In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to lose track of the goals we have for our personal, professional, and family lives. We “wear many hats” and often find ourselves just getting by, feeling adrift in the world, and ignoring what we really want to achieve.
Taking the time to reflect on your life-where you want to be five years from now, next year, next month, next week, and even today-is important to get a clear understanding of who you are, your values, what’s important to you, and what it will take to truly make you happy and fulfilled.
Once you take stock of where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you want to be, you are ready to take the first step towards setting personal development goals. Make yourself accountable and ensure that you’re constantly moving forward by creating a timeline and, most importantly, writing it down. Start with the big milestones to mark your progress, and then add smaller goals along the way. Achieving these intermediary goals should be a cause for personal celebration. You’ve taken another step toward realizing your ultimate goal. Celebrate every success to reinforce self-confidence, motivation, and determination.
Of course, setting personal development goals requires being realistic about your objectives as well, including an understanding of your limitations, aspirations, and ability. As you take each small step to achieve each intermediary goal, you will undoubtedly gain a newfound confidence that propels you forward to tackle the next step of setting personal development goals.
You must also make a commitment to the future, knowing that setting personal development goals and then achieving those goals does not occur randomly. It’s a result of hard work and focusing on taking those crucial small steps every day, every week, every month, and every year-as long as it takes.
Think of each step of setting personal development goals as building a house. First you need a strong foundation, which is the cementing of your goals. Then you rise up as the frame is built and the house begins to take shape, which is symbolic of every small achievement along the way. Finishing the roof completes the house and gives you a reason to celebrate all of your hard work.
By now you’ve probably noticed a pattern: make your goals crystal clear, write down a timeline that includes every small and significant task, and consider how you will reward yourself for achieving every intermediary victory. You deserve patting yourself on the back for all of them, so imagine the elation and fulfillment when you achieve that big goal you once thought was out of reach.
Once you succeed at accomplishing what seemed like an unattainable goal, what’s next? Start again! You know the steps you need to take and you have the motivation and confidence. You also have the blueprint of a house only you can build.