Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.
Perspectives on Goals
When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.
You are the person who has to decide. Whether you'll do it or toss it aside; you are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you'll lead or will linger behind. Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are.
If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances.
A goal not written down is simply a wish.
Reasons we put off goal setting
Task too big….where do I begin?
Lack of time to organize/write them down.
Fear of failing.
Fear of success.
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six "W" questions:
Who: Who is involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish?
Where: Identify a location.
When: Establish a time frame.
Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Examples of Specific Goals
By the end of the 2007-2008 school year I will complete 6 hours of graduate credit courses.
By the end of the 2007-2008 I will have all of my lesson plans/curriculum organized digitally.
Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions.
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.
Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
You must be willing and able to work toward the goal.
Goal should represent substantial progress.
You must believe you can reach your goal.
Must set time limits on goals.
Time limit must be specific.
Examples: By the end of the quarter, by the end of the semester, by the end of the school year
Write up at least one goal that you want to accomplish by the end of this school year.
Access the “Zeus” public folder and open the goal template. (See handout for step by step guide to this procedure.)
Insert your information in the template and save with your first and last name.
Print a copy to have as a reminder of your goals!
Final thoughts on goals…..
It is OK to not achieve all of your goals.
Do not cheat yourself by going back and altering them to meet the time frame.
Post your goals where at the very least you can see them everyday.
Post them where your colleagues can read them. (This is a very powerful motivator!)