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Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals - Long Term Goals

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You've made it to the long-term goals post... CONGRATULATIONS! Either you are actively working toward achieving your short, mid or long-term goals or you're already toasting the great leaps and bounds you've made in accomplishing your long-term goals. In either case, here's a big hi-five to you!

If you haven't read the posts preceding this one, please click on the following links to get caught up:

Now, that we're on the same page, let's recap a few key points regarding goal setting:

  • Write everything down and adjust your goals as needed
  • Use the S.M.A.R.T. Goals system
  • Define your "Why" and keep it in front of you at all times

Ok, long-term goal setting may be the hardest, when you get started with your goal strategies, simply because they are set for so far away. Most people have no clue where they'll be in 5 years. If you have or know a teenager, ask them every few months where they plan to be in 5 years. See how often it changes? 

It is imperative that you break your long-term goal down. This is where your short and mid-term goals come from. Here's an example of a financial goal: (Please remember that we are not financial experts or advisors): 

Long-term goal: (5 years) 

  • By December 31, 2019 I will have $10,000 in my savings account

Mid-term goals (1-3 years)

  • Save $60 each week  
  • As interest-bearing debt is paid off, add that monthly payment amount to my weekly savings deposit

Short-term goals (now to 6 months)

  • Open a savings account with $5 and deposit $5 each week for the first month
  • Increase deposit to $10 each week for months 2 and 3
  • Increase deposit to $20 each week for months 4, 5 and 6
  • Create a monthly budget to cut down on some small but costly non-essentials (i.e. unused monthly subscriptions and excessive dining out)

Math.com has a great tool to help calculate your savings, if finances are a part of your long-term goals. Each case is different so please keep this is mind. This will give you a good idea, but not down to the penny.

Long journey ahead                                                                                  There's nothing wrong with adjusting your short, mid and long term goals. Just as long as the overall goal is to make a vast, life-changing improvement in some area of your life. Here are a few pieces to the puzzle that will make it easier for you to complete the picture aka set and achieve each phase of your goals:

  • A buddy system or good support system - Be mindful of who you share your goals with. Unfortunately, everyone won't want to see you succeed. It's a sad reality but... So, find someone who is working on the same type of goals as you (i.e. weight loss, finances, parenting, etc.) and help keep each other on track.
  • Time management - Implement a system to help get and keep your day-to-day tasks on track to ensure everything is getting done. Here is a link to a great site, MindTools.com where you can find great resources to help with time management.
  • Don't shoot yourself in the pinky-toe if you get off track. Dust yourself off, get up and get back to it!

In case you're wondering why I felt the need to write this series on goal-setting, when I blog about personal development and how it relates to customer service, I truly believe that people are genuinely good, deep down inside. However, there is this thing called life that tends to get in the way of that goodness shining through. As a result, when interacting with each other, whether on a personal or professional level, the not-so-good side shows its ugly head all too often.

I think that if people were in a state of mind, and heart, where they want to be, they would be much kinder, lenient and forgiving toward others. Sure, there will always be that element of society who just won't do right and aren't interested in making any type of changes, but I think the majority of society mean well. If you are working toward being the best you possible, and you're seeing progress, wouldn't you be in a happier place? In turn, wouldn't you naturally treat others with a higher level of respect and kindness? If you could reach out and help someone else get to their happy place, wouldn't you? I believe you would! What's your take on this? Why do you agree or disagree?

If you are on or off track from achieving the goals that you've set for yourself, I want to hear from you. Is this your first crack at setting and achieving goals? How has it gone for you? Are there any words of advise of Do's and Don't that you could share? Let's talk about it! If you'd like to keep it just between you and I... no worries. Email me and we can work on this together. Remember that a good buddy system is a major help!

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