Shoot for the moon, if you miss you’ll still be in the stars. Earlier I talked about my umpiring goals and how making it to the top level of college umpiring did not mix with my values. Some of you might be saying that I’m not setting my goals high enough. Not so. I still have very high goals for my umpiring career at the youth level. My ultimate goal is to be chosen to umpire a Babe Ruth World Series and to do so as a crew chief. If I never make it, everything I do to reach that goal will make me a better umpire and a better person. If I make it, but don’t go as a crew chief, then I am still among the top youth umpires in the nation. Shoot for the moon!
Sometimes we realize we have to revise a goal as circumstances and other goals change, much like I did with my umpiring. If you need to change a goal do not consider it a failure, consider it a victory as you had the insight to realize something was different.
Goal setting is not just about identifying what you want to achieve but also how you will achieve it (process goals) and measure that achievement (performance goals). When challenging goals are broken down into realistic steps and then systemically achieved motivation, commitment and will grow.
While the personal essay has to be personal, a reader can learn a lot about you from whatever you choose to focus on and how you describe it. One of my favorites from when I worked in admissions at Duke University started out, “My car and I are a lot alike.” The writer then described a car that smelled like wet dog and went from 0 to 60 in, well, it never quite got to 60.
Firstly, they may help you to address the value of setting goals. Secondly, they may prompt you to take action. Finally, they may just help you to achieve your goals.
Setting goals enables you to clarify with other people what you are trying to do, and therefore what they need to do to contribute or support.
Setting goals can help to release your creative energies so you can focus on how to achieve them. You’ll start to look for ways to make it happen.
Setting goals, especially SMART and SHARP goals, allows you to measure how well effectively you are moving towards achieving them
Setting goals in each area of life will ensure a more balanced life as you begin to examine and change the fundamentals of everyday living. Setting goals in each area of live also helps in eliminating the non-integrated thinking we talked about in the 2nd step.
Take some time now to think about what benefits you would gain from goal setting. How might they motivate you to start achieving them? After thinking through our eight benefits of goal setting, it might also be worthwhile thinking about both the kind of goals you set, and on how you set them.
There are never enough resources to do everything so setting goals can help you to prioritise. Place your resources behind what you really want to do, rather than on things you are doing by default or by deflection.
In our article Why is Goal Setting Important, we have asked what kind of goals are more likely to make you happier. Goals per se do not necessarily lead you to happiness, only certain types. Secondly, in our article SMART Goals we suggest a particular variant of the acronym that focuses on setting goals that are challenging and specific, and are more likely to motivate you to achieve them. How do you get the benefits of goal setting? It’s far more likely when your goals are specific, challenging, and related to the things that really make you happy.
After thinking about these you may come up with some of your own, but in the meanwhile, here are some of our thought provokers. Setting meaningful goals should bring:
(I put "experiment" in quotation marks, because the design and releaseor a computer virus or worm is a crime, a legitimate scientific experiment.)
Other examples of for writing or releasing malicious programs are contained in my essayon
The first computer virus for Microsoft DOS was apparently written in 1986and contains unencrypted text with the name, address, and telephonenumber of Brain Computer Services, a store in Lahore, Pakistan.
You can also find our more about the benefits of goal setting in our e-guide: to help you do just this. The guide contains 30 pages and 5 tools to help you to set SMART goals, then take SHARP action to achieve them. It includes: