Goal Setting and Motivation Essay

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Goal Setting and Motivation
As I type this in my office at Henley beach in South Australia the Winter month are just around the corner and for a lot of people this can lead to a drop of Motivation.Then again you may live in the
Northern Emisphere and are getting excited about be able to exercise in the warmer weather. Either way it’s it beneficial to set goals to help you achieve the outcomes you want and to help with your motivation. There is a principle called the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. principle where each letter is an acronym of the principle. Firstly I think writing down your dreams is a very good thing to do. It gets out what you want to achieve. It is important to look further than just writing it down though. We need steps for how
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Build a positive expectation of success by regularly thinking about your goals and wondering what it would be like to achieve them.
I think it can be useful to write down your goals and place them somewhere you will see them regularly. This could be on a wall in the toilet, or on a small post it note near your workspace.
Even on a post it note on the dashboard of your car.
My husband and I sit down to review our 'big' goals every 6 month. This means we can see how we are going in achieving these bigger goals. This keeps us on track and accountable. It also provides an opportunity to alter something in our plans if we decide to do so. Another great thing about looking at these long term goals together is that we are on the same page, which helps create unity.
'It is important to be flexible with your goals' Jeffrey Hodges
T - Timed
T stands for setting a specific target date for your goals. If you don't set times for your goals it is easy to say I will do it later. Goals are 'dreams with a deadline!'.
Remember to allow a reasonable amount of time for your goals. Insufficient time will lead to stress and possibly compromising on the quality of the job done and too much time will lead to lack of activity or progress.
E - Ecology of your whole self
I've seen a few descriptions of this step so I have included the
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