I think it is important to set goals on an ongoing basis. I am making a conscious effort to take the time to write down my goals for 2011, and create a program that will make it easy for me to see achievements in my life. In previous years, I wrote down my goals in a book and then never really went back to look at them. The problem was that, while I may have achieved many of the goals, I did not track progress for each goal. I am a visual learner and that is why I created this quick and easy guide for goal writing, so I thought I would share it with everyone.
Goal writing is for fearless individuals who are not afraid to take risks along the way. Goal writing is similar to a hiker taking his first hiking trip and not knowing where to begin. The individual must begin by assessing the terrain, or developing some type of plan of action. Even the most experienced hiker needs a plan, a roadmap, or guidebook to help them during a hike, just like each individual needs a specific framework or structure when formulating and modifying goals.
The key for goal setting is to set goals that are achievable for you on a personal level. Try not to just go through the motions, but really invest time in writing down the specific goals that you want to achieve. Be realistic about a timeframe in which you would like to achieve these goals, and then begin taking the necessary steps to accomplish what you have mapped out. Remember, these should be goals that apply to your life, and not what someone else wants for you. Determine how you will measure progress for your goals (e.g. weekly log), and do not forget to have fun reaching the goals that you have set. Try not to be too hard on yourself if you fail to meet a goal within the timeframe that you have set for yourself.
It won’t always be easy, and you may experience a few setbacks, but be committed to staying on that path to attain success in your life. You will find that by setting goals, you can provide a framework for your life that will grow new opportunities, and give you the motivation to strive to continue to be the best you can be!
Goal Writing Guide by Jourdan Saunders, M.S., CF-SLP
Jourdan Saunders, M.S, CF-SLP, is a recent graduate of Loyola University in Maryland. She is currently completing her Clinicial Fellowship year in the Miami Dade County Public School System in Florida. She is the creator of the website, Futureslps.com and has a blog that is linked to her website. She created the website to provide resources, inspiration and motivation for individuals who have chosen to major in the field of Speech Language Pathology. Futureslps.com is directed towards students, but anyone can benefit from the resources provided on the site. Jourdan can also be found on Twitter @futureslps.