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Setting up Realistic & Achievable Goals in Life

  • Author Redufy
Setting up Realistic & Achievable Goals in Life

Whether it is progressing our career, strengthening our friendships, creating a healthier lifestyle, or just enjoying more life and being happy, we all have goals in life. But how we set these goals plays an important role in our ability to make progress and reach them. One big factor in healthy goal setting, according to a new study, is choosing targets that we see as achievable and practical. Researchers found that the greater their mental and affective well-being, the more individuals rated their goals as "attainable." While those who saw their ambitions as impractical and difficult to attain were more likely to suffer and be de-motivated. Let us look at the right characteristics of goals:


Clear and realistic targets should be set, so you have a clear idea of what kind of steps you need to take to get there. It has been associated with increased motivation and performance to be precise about your goals. Instead of saying' I want to be fit,' for example, say' I want to go 3 days a week for a morning run.'



Objectives should be tangible in order to keep track of your success. "I want to be able to run the mile in less than 7 minutes," for example, is a great achievable target because you can see how much closer you get to your goal over time. Another great way to measure your goals is how much time you spend, such as "I want to spend at least 3-hour studying a day," is one way to be accountable and keep pace with yourself.



Goals should be relatively easy and practical in order to give you a fair chance to achieve the target. If a target is too ambitious or high, you'll probably be disappointed and completely give up on the goal. But if you keep your targets low, you can always pick a slightly larger target once you have met it. For example, if you're someone who has a healthy eating problem, setting a small goal like "I'm going to replace my midday snack with a salad" may be easier than trying to refurbish your diet completely overnight.


Vision Oriented

Objectives should be important to your real-life dream and goals. If a target does not represent where in your life you want to go, then there is no real point in pursuing it and trying to achieve it. For example, if your current life priority is education, then set studies-related goals; or if your current life priority is work; then set work-related goals.


Time Limits

Objectives should be time-bound and held within a specific timeframe. Doing so gives you a simple timeline to try to achieve your goal, adding extra stress and incentive to follow it instead of constantly procrastinating. It also gives you the opportunity to step back and re-evaluate your target once the deadline is met if you don't succeed. Maybe, ‘you want to learn 6 chapters in 30 days’ or ‘you want to write 3 articles by month's end.’