“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
As you begin to consider specific goals for your life (things you would like to have or would like to be), you should recognise the fundamental qualities that your goals should feature. Below are the necessary conditions your goals need to feature as offered by Jim Davidson.
- Realistic: Take your personal growth in sensible, logical steps, and you will not get discouraged.
- Attainable: How much money, time and effort will the goals cost? Do you have the background, education, and the experience needed to reach your goals now or will you need to acquire them in the future?
- Written on Paper: Written goals imply a commitment on your part. Each time you look at your written goals, they will be driven deeper into your subconscious mind. Your mind will begin to function as a servomechanism.
- Limited Concerning Time: A time limit creates a sense of urgency and helps you avoid procrastination. A precise timetable for goal completion is a critical success habit.
- Specified as either Short or Long Term: Generally speaking, short term goals are those that take less than a year to achieve. Long term goals, which stretch over more than a year, allow more time for success but are harder to sustain.
- Appropriateness to All Areas of Your Life: Keep your personal priorities in mind as you set goals, and you will maintain a balanced life.