To set an effective goal, make it specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.).
By going through a goal setting process, it can help you create and organize your personal goals.
But why is goal setting important?
If your goal is to run 5 miles a day, you first have to get off from the couch. If you only get to 3 miles a day and can go no further, for whatever reason, it's still far better than remaining on the couch.
Once that's out of the way, working towards a goal is often fun and rewarding. If one can stay physically fit by walking 3 miles a day, not making it to 5 isn't failure.
Remember that you've probably learned a lot about yourself in reaching the 3 mile intermediate goal.
This in turn helps you focus more of your time on your important goals in life!
Setting small goals are no less important, as long as they are meaningful to YOU!
Dwight D. Eisenhower had it all. He had a successful military career, rising to the rank of a 5-star general. He was admired and respected by his troops and by his associates, subordinates, and superiors. He was regarded as a war hero, and become President of the United States, a position he held for two terms.
When he left the presidency, he retired to a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for the most part leaving public life behind.
When asked whether he had new worlds to conquer or new goals to achieve, his answer was yes, he had a very important goal in mind. He wanted to take the farm in Gettysburg and leave it a better piece of land once he left it than it was when he bought it.
Eisenhower's goal might seem to be a rather humble goal for such an important and achieving person, but a humble goal is still one that keeps a person believing that he or she doing something valuable in life.
Whether we think about it or not, how we think about ourselves and our value in this world can make all the difference between a good life and an unsatisfactory one.