Five Steps to Astounding Goal Success

Setting attainable goals is no easy task. Many of us have daily “to do” lists. Does checking off tasks help us reach our short- and long-term goals, or are we just doing things for the sake of it without a true focus or endgame?

“Goal-setting is extremely important,” says Dr. Robin Roberts, program chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. “People tend to think about goals and objectives in a school or work setting, but they’re really important in all aspects of life.”

To help visualize your goals, Dr. Roberts suggests establishing smaller, more achievable short-term goals that will help refine a path toward a larger, long-term overall goal.

Other techniques include:

  1. Look to a passion or belief to create your goals. Reflect on recurring thoughts and ideas that have become part of your core.
  2. Determine where your goals will take you. Establish a road map that defines where you’re at and where you want to go.
  3. Recruit a “board of directors.” Find people who will help you get to your final destination. Your board may consist of a mentor, coach, friend or subject-matter expert. Each member should bring value to your journey.
  4. Don’t let chronological time dictate your arrival time. It’s not up to society to determine the appropriate age for people to get married, have children or become a CEO.
  5. Pay attention. Don’t give up when things don’t go according to plan.

“Slow down, pause and understand in time all things come to fruition,” said Roberts, who teaches graduate leadership courses at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “Everything in life is a process.”



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