Goal Setting – Martin Luther King Jr

This was a quick article I read on Forbes this morning and whilst we all know how to goal set, I thought this might be a little bit of motivation and a reminder on how to set achievable goals, which will hopefully make us more confident, competent as well as enable us to achieve a lot more in the time we have, and also progress onto more challenging goals – and stepping out of our comfort zones.

We all set goals, and we have done for years.

Whether that is goals for university, our degree, our careers, even travel!

So as a little refresher, what are the three top tips on this skill according to Martin Luther King Jr:

Tip 1

Freely choose your goals. Be honest with yourself about what you want and why you want it. If you are doing something out of pride, guilt, or jealousy, you’ll probably give it up eventually. The same is true for things you do purely for monetary reward. You’ll probably lose interest over time. On the other hand, if you are doing something because it’s what you want all the way down to the core of your being, you’ll stick with it.

Tip 2

Set unselfish goals. Aim for things that are beneficial to those around you, and not just yourself. None of us exists in a vacuum, and we are at our best when we work for the good of the community. If your goals are consistent with your fundamental need to belong and to identify with a group, you’ll remain motivated until you finish what you start.

Tip 3

Set goals that are challenging, yet achievable. Going for things that are too easy won’t keep you motivated; and shooting for things beyond your reach will only result in frustration. Either of these two approaches will eat away at your feeling of competence, a feeling most psychologists agree is a basic ingredient for happiness. The best way to grow a sense of competence is to set progressively more challenging goals, building on your know-how as you achieve each one in succession.

I hope you have a great day, and you achieve lots! Happy goal-setting.

Rebecca x


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