Setting For Women
goal setting is crucial when you are deciding whether or not you
would like to own your own business.
your business will have an impact on every other area of your life,
it is critical to know how it fits into your life and whether it
allows you to reach your other goals.
of the benefits you will receive as a result of defining and aligning
your major goals in life are peace of mind and focus.
us take a look at a few of the other benefits of personal goal setting:
be, do and have more
Use your mind and talents fully
more purpose and direction in life
more organized and effective
more for yourself and others
greater confidence and self-worth
more enthusiastic and motivated
Remember, you will not pay a price for setting goals.
You will pay a price for not setting them.
We can choose to get caught up in the everyday activity
of our lives without feeling any real sense of purpose or we can
choose to accomplish something meaningful with our lives that gives
us a sense of direction and self-motivation.
Ninety-seven percent of the population does not
set goals for two major reasons:
(1) FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) is preventing
them from doing so and
(2) There is a risk that the goal may not be reached.
One question a lot of women ask is how to know if
a goal is good or bad. In other words, how do you discriminate between
the really important goals and the "nice to have but not really
You will know whether or not a personal goal you
have chosen is important by answering these five questions.
it really MY goal?
it morally right and fair?
my short-range goals consistent with my long-term goals?
I commit myself emotionally to completing the project?
I visualize myself reaching this personal goal?
If you have answered "No" to even one
of these questions, you may want to reconsider this goal. In the
short-term it may appear to work for you, but in the long run, you
may exposing yourself to a lot of unnecessary conflict and frustration.
Be sure to set big goals as well as multiple goals.
Big goals force you to reach in and use the potential that is inside
Long-range goals help you to overcome short-range
failures. They can also help you to change your direction without
going back on your decision.
Whether or not they ever reach the goals they have
set, people who set big, long-range goals have been found to have
higher self-confidence, higher self-esteem, and greater personal
The bottom line is that more than half the rewards
and benefits achieved from goal-setting come from actually taking
your first step in that direction, regardless of the consequences.
There is a very simple process in seven steps that
you can go through to set any personal goal or professional goal.
To be effective, the personal goal you choose must
include all seven of the following steps:
your goal by writing it down
a deadline for the achievement. Put
a date on it.
the obstacles to overcome in accomplishing your goal.
the people and groups you need to work with to reach your goal.
List the skills and knowledge required to reach your goal. What
do you need to know?
a plan of action to reach your goal.
down the benefits of achieving your goal. ("What is in it
On a periodic basis, it is important to re-evaluate
your goals to make certain that they are in alignment with what
you truly value and want out of life.
Remember, goal-setting is a life-long process.
Once you have completed one goal, be sure to replace
it with something else.
This way you will always reap the benefits that
Credit: This article on personal goal setting for
women appeared in Women in New Development, Bemidji, MN, 4/97. For
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