Hope in setting goals

In order to lead a purposeful and hopeful life, I would suggest that setting goals is an integral part of this.

In the pandemic and especially if you are locked down and shielding for health reasons, it is especially worthwhile to structure your day, even if that comprises small tasks such as washing, ironing (I have finally emptied my ironing basket after five years!)

So what are goals and how do we do them? I especially like SMART targets = Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timebound.

Let us explore these a little more. Specific means a definite goal which is better written down, such as: I will write a daily blog. Measurable is helpful, because we can use this as a yardstick to look back at our progress. So my measurable aim is to write a daily blog on hope for a year. Achievable is what it says on the tin. My goal is achievable. What is not achievable for me is to run a marathon. What may be more achievable is to do two walks per day and then consider doing some running. Realistic is similar to achievable, because it links with being able to fulfil it. My goal is realistic, because I want to write a blog and it does not take the entire day to produce it. Timebound is also very helpful, because it gives a time frame to measure by. So I hope to write a hope blog every day over 365 days. And so far I have managed it, with one day when I accidentally did not post the draft I had written, so posted the next day. But I did achieve my aim of writing, if not publsishing!

And it works! It is far more likely that we will follow goals, especially those that are written down. And this interesting study shows this:

Harvard Business Study found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation. Let’s start with the foundations of setting S-M-A-R-T Goals.3 Nov 2017

So today’s recipe of hope is to consider setting some goals, for the next days and weeks and maybe year. It is well worth writing them down. And if you are a goal setter, reflect on your progress thus far and perhaps consider setting some new goals. And if you are struggling, the goal may be to phone a friend for help. Take that first step today!

I wish you all success during these testing times X

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