How to Write Personal Goals & Aspirations

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Personal goals and aspirations are what an individual would like to attain in his life. Goals and aspirations can be short-term or long-term. Writing down goals can be difficult, because it requires you to be decisive and eliminate unrealistic ambitions. Once you decide on your goals and aspirations, you can begin to take the necessary steps to achieve them.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper or index cards
  • Choose a realistic goal or aspiration. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds in one week, but this is unrealistic and unhealthy. Go for goals that are verifiable. Consider losing five pounds in a week instead.

  • Attach specifics to your goals and aspirations. For example, instead of stating you would like increase your accounts at work, decide that you would like to add an additional 15 accounts next month.

  • Break your goal and aspirations into smaller parts. You'll still have the big picture; however, smaller steps may be needed in order achieve that goal. For instance, you may choose to lose 100 pounds in a year. This goal is attainable. Separate the goal into mini-steps that lead up to the final weight loss. Break it down by month and decide you may want to lose nine pounds a month. This sets a specific time and amount and makes the task seem a little less daunting.

  • Readjust the goals as needed. Learn that outside circumstances may alter the outcome. For instance, you may aspire to increase your sales by 50 percent in six months. However, an unforeseen circumstance, such as an account closing due to economic factors, may affect your goal. Reevaluate the situation and set a new goal.

  • Do not become discouraged. If your goal is to lose nine pounds in one month and you only lose eight, strive for 10 pounds the following month. Remember that the final goal of losing 100 pounds in a year is the objective here. The smaller mini-steps of the process can always be adjusted to get to the final goal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember, goals should be catered to the individual. If you find the original goal is unattainable for you -- even with mini-steps -- reevaluate and set a new goal that is good for you.

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