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Re: [CHAT]: Goals and Goal-Setting

Realistic, that's it @FootyFan26 Smiley Tongue
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Oooh i like the idea of Smarter goals that's clever @FootyFan26 

 

So I wonder, for those of us who have experienced a goal fail (everyone in the universe) could we think of a part of the goal we made that wasn't "SMART" or "SMARTER" ?

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4. What does an effective goal look like? [You might remember SMART goals from school...]

I remember SMART goals! These are seriously important and I think is the basis and general guidelines for setting any goal. For those of you who may not know, SMART is an acronym which stands for: 

S - specific, significant, stretching

M - measurable, meaningful, motivational

A - agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T - time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

They are aspects for setting effective goals because if your goal meets these requirements, then the goal is usually more likely to be practically possible to achieve. 

 

I think an effective goal is one that is possible to achieve within your reasonable expectations and capabilities. I think this relates to having small goals and then overarching goals. For example - my overall goal is to 'become a teacher.' To become a teacher I need to get my degree. And to get my degree I need to pass my units (assignments). And to pass my assignments I need to understand the content and complete the assignments. To effectively achieve this overarching goal I need to take into account smaller goals (SMART goals) that will help me get there. So effective goals in relation to my overarching goal include: 

- Attend uni classes.
- Ask for help from friends and teachers.
- Work on my assignments (spend 10 minutes each night working on an assignment or reading over content)

- Complete and submit my assignments.

The list could go on and on. I can make this list smaller or bigger depending on what I feel comfortable with at the time, so that I don't get overloaded. I can choose to focus on any of these aspects at any given time. 

 

I hope this makes sense. Smiley Happy 

 

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Definitely @Ben-RO. I'll often aim way too high and then get disappointed when I don't succeed. I think I need to work on making my goals more realistic and attainable (and probably all the other things too come to think of it Smiley Tongue).
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This is SO important to realise @Meowkins. And is something I have trouble with but it is also something I am working on too.

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Wow that's awesome @mspaceK. Breaking down goals into smaller chunks is definitely a valuable skill to have.
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I also aim very high. But I have discovered that goals are necessary to complete things. For example, I went to university but didn't have an end goal (eg. To become a ...) i just went. In the end I lost motivation because I didn't have a goal and dropped out (there were many reasons that contributed to my dropping out) 

I didn't know what I was going to use my degree for and so without that goal of needing it to become whatever it it I wanted to be, I lost my way.

 

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thanks @roseisnotaplant. One of the things my mental health nurse taught me was to break things down into more manageable tasks and that you can't just expect things to happen straight away. Things take time and effort, but by setting goals I can give myself steps (a pathway) for getting there. 

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Some of us have shared that sometimes goals can be counterproductive and can make us feel unmotivated.

 

How do you think you can have a healthy relationship with goals?

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Oooh such a good question @roseisnotaplant Smiley Happy