Goal Setting Techniques

We have all heard how important it is to set goals if you want to achieve something important in your life. This could be anything from losing weight to becoming an all star athlete, earning more money at work or taking that well earned vacation in some tropical paradise.

It is good to have goals because they motivate you to take action!

It is not enough to say that your goal is to make more money, and who doesn’t want to!! This is too general a statement to motivate you.

In order to achieve a goal it has to be defined in more specific terms. Rather than wanting to make more money you need to decide exactly how much more money. Do you want to increase your hourly wage from $12.50 to $16.00 per hour? or increase your annual salary by $5000. Your goal should be measurable so that you can monitor your progress and know when you have achieved it. Is your goal realistic or some pipe dream you hope for? Setting a goal that is unrealistic will demotivate you instead of motivating you. If it is not possible to achieve the goal you will give up. Finally, you need to put a time limit on your goal to keep you motivated. When will you achieve this goal? In a month, 6 months or 5 years? Break down your goal into smaller parts and reward yourself for each accomplishment that moves you closer towards your goal.

So finding a job is your new job for however long it takes. Therefore it is important to set goals that will apply to your job search. Don't fall into the procrastination trap.

SMART Goals:

In order to achieve a goal you need to come up with a plan. When setting a goal the more specific you can be the greater the chance of success. Answer these 6 questions:- Who, What, Where, Which and Why?