Goal Setting

This year I want to start eating healthy, buy a car, complete my degree, buy a house etc. These are just a few of many New years resolutions set at the beginning of each year. However, we often find that only a few people actually change these from resolutions to a reality. Why is that? Is it because the people setting these goals are not capable of achieving them? That is not the case at all.

Roslyn and Telfer took us through an amazing exercise last week called Gaining value, which fits in perfectly to this weeks topic. This group exercise made me realise that everyone has Goals and in our group, these goals were similar because they were relating to our studies. Due to unforeseen circumstances we were forced to park them temporarily, compromising the path we wish to follow in our careers for the needs of our loved one’s.

The most important highlight for me was that instead of beating myself up about only taking charge now and questioning why not then? I should embrace the opportunity and embark the journey most importantly have a plan ahead of how I intend to stay in this path. The how factor was made clearer to me by my fabulous class mates, sharing with us their knowledge when facilitating this wonderful, insightful topic called Goal Setting and emphasizing that successful Goals need to be;

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

What this presentation made me realise is that as people we tend to underestimate the importance of planning and communicating and this we can correct by ensuring that we include our family members in these plans and ask them for their support. Another thing that I tend to overlook is the importance of balancing my social, work and family life because if one of the 3 is compromised it might actually lead to the other one failing. I mean if I do not speak to my husband explaining to him that some days I might not be around for social events and that if I used to cook everyday, explain that we might need to eat left overs on some days. Something this small could potentially lead to me not completing my studies or lead to unnecessary fights in our marriage.

I intend to use this model with every Goal that I set because by so doing I will have a better chance in succeeding and changing my dreams or rather goals into realities!


One thought on “Goal Setting”

  1. Goal setting is important and we also set around other people forgetting ourselves as Ntokozo mentioned earlier about self LOVE….
    We always plan our goals around families and finances and forget about ourselves.

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