I have always been a rather goal oriented person. I’ve set and met some big goals in my life, including getting my Child Development Associate credential back in the 90’s (the first step on my adult educational journey.). Being successful at this led me to eventually pursue my associate’s, bachelor’s, and even a master’s degree.

Those were some of the big goals. Over the last few years, I have learned the importance of setting short-term goals. The big goals are important, but so are the smaller, short-term goals.

Writing them down is important and tends to help with success.

Being specific in my planning also helps. Thinking through the “if, then” plans also helps. For example, my goal of taking my lunch break on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I made sure to write down what I would do if I am unable to take my lunch break one of those days. For example, next week, I will be in a training all day on Tuesday. So I will need to adjust my plan.

The thing is, all of next week is kind of crazy and it may not happen that I am able to take my lunch break two days. Is that a failure? No, it’s just a bump in the road. I’ll do the best I can and move forward.

What kind of goals do you set for yourself? Do you find it helpful to set goals?

These little messages I get from the “I am” app have really blessed me this year. I am not sure if I will pay for another year in January when it expires, but it was definitely worth doing it this year.


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