Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was perfect? It would be nice, but it is never going to happen. So, if you think you, or anyone else in your life will ever get there, you are setting expectations that are too high and you are going to end up being disappointed. It is important to set goals that will not only help you become a better person but that are also attainable. Read the following article to find out how you can set personal development goals and reach them.
The first step toward growing as a person is to decide to begin your journey. It is pretty easy to put it off and decide to start next week, next month, on Monday, or whatever the case may be. There is no “perfect” time to start this journey, so you should begin right now; no more excuses or putting it off. Today is the first day of your new life.
Once you have decided to begin your journey, you need to start setting goals for yourself. You need to set a big goal or goals. These goals are things you plan on reaching in the next month, six months or year.
When these goals are set, break them down into smaller, more manageable goals. Many times it is easier to look at smaller items instead of the big picture. Work on two or three of these smaller, short-term goals. These are things you might like to accomplish by the end of the day, week or month. These are smaller things that will help you reach your big goal. Maybe you want to stop being so sarcastic, which is your big goal, but after breaking it down, you might choose to stop being so sarcastic to your spouse. That is your short term goal and one that you may be able to meet by the end of the week or month. Once you have reached that goal, start on the next.
Next, look for reliable information on the aspect of your life that you want to improve. You may be able to find books at your local library or book store. Reading this information will give you more tips on how you can become better in this area of your life.
When you are trying to better yourself, tell your family and friends. When you tell someone about your goal, it somehow makes it more real. The people you tell will be able to be there to support you and hold you accountable.
Stop beating yourself up. You are not perfect and if you expect that, you are doing nothing but letting yourself down. Everyone makes mistakes, so do not let that make you feel bad. Don’t be your own enemy, you need to be your biggest cheerleader. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, pick out the positive changes you are making and celebrate those.
If you are competitive, it may help to make reaching your personal development goals a challenge. Maybe you can see how long it takes you to reach a certain goal, and then, after you start on your next goal, try to achieve that one in a shorter amount of time. If you like a challenge, this may be helpful.
The tips above can help you in reaching your own personal development goals. Do not compare yourself to anyone else or expect perfection.