When I graduated from college, I generated a list of goals that I wanted to achieve in my new journey into adulthood. At the top of my list was filling out job applications, finding an apartment, and all the glorious new responsibilities of becoming an adult. Goal setting helped me keep everything in perspective and organize my time to make the most of the possibilities. Goal setting is a significant factor of progression and development within our lives.
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Goals help us measure success.

It is helpful to write down goals for yourself, especially if you have a deadline to meet. For example, you might set small deadlines to finish a paper or study for a difficult exam. Each time you complete a task you’re one step closer to the end result, which can make the task less intimidating and tedious. Accomplishing a task is rewarding and strengthens us to continue toward definitive goals you can start right away.

Goals help us prioritize our time.

Goal setting can help you keep track of all of your assignments and chores. I like to categorize my tasks by the importance of the deadline in conjunction with my everyday routine. My short-term goals is a list of items that I will complete within the matter of weeks or months. On the other hand, I have my list of long-term goals I want to complete in the near future. Last summer, I committed to a half marathon with one of my coworkers. I had six months to train and prepare for the big day. In between time, I generated short-term goals to increase my mileage each week. On the day of the race, I felt confident and at ease due to my preparation. However, if there’s an item I cannot complete, I don’t give up or get discouraged, I go back to the drawing board and assess my goals. I try to think outside the box, because dreams are limitless when paired with determination and drive.

Goals help us motivate ourselves.

When setting a goal, it makes you accountable to see the entire thing through. The task stays on your mind, rather than a minuscule assignment without a time frame for completion. For example, when I played volleyball, I created a list of individual goals for the week to work on—increase the number of solo blocks in a match, focus on my hitting percentage, and communicating more with the setter. By keeping my goals in focus, it helped me develop my skills and become a better volleyball player.

In the end, it is all about progression, it is a pivotal foundation of our lives and can jump start our aspirations and visions. It only takes one spark to ignite it all!

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