Goal Setting: 5 Tips for setting short and long-term goals

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Goal Setting: 5 Tips for setting short and long-term goals

Ironically many of us usually wait for the New Years to role around in order to start setting short term and long-term goals. Some create vision boards others jot it down but regardless of your method, you should know that it is never too early to establish goals. If you were to examine your life currently, would you strongly believe that you are completely where you want to be in life  or do you see your self achieving and doing so much more? If you answered yes to the second question, you should get a notebook and jot these 5 tips down for setting short and long-term goals:

  1. Know the difference of a short and long- term goal

Before you list your goals it is essential to know the main difference between a short-term and long-term goal. A short-term goal is a something that one wishes to achieve within a fast time period such as, a day, week, or month. On the other hand, a long term goal is something that one has to take time to accomplish through multiple steps. For instance, one might want to graduate from college but in order to accomplish this goal one must pass their classes up into this point.

  1. List your goals

Now that you are aware of the differences take time and list your goals. Be mindful that there is never an issue with having various goals. As we progress through this journey called life, we may find ourselves adding additional goals or even deducting. Your goals should consist of things that you wish to accomplish physically, mentally, and or spiritually. Also, be sure to label each goal as either a short or long-term goal.

  1. Map out your goals

Once you have successfully created a list of your goals be sure to list the steps and details that it will take to accomplish each goal. Although, you have your goals listed it is important to list the actions that you will take to see this vision come true. Doing this illuminates self-doubt by showing oneself if you follow each step you will eventually get to where you envisioned yourself to be.

  1. Set a time frame

As previously mentioned short-term goals may take up to a day, week, or month, while long-term goals can lasts up to a couple of months or in some cases, years. It is natural to want your goal to happen within a second however; it is realistic to set a date or time frame because goals generally take time.

  1. Display your goals and have faith

Now that you have finally made it to the last step place your goals in a space where you will see them everyday. If you are a student place them around your dorm room, if you are a worker place them at your desk, and if you are at home place them on a mirror. These are just a few ideas, but remember to place your goals in a space where you can constantly read them, see them, and believe them. Lastly, have faith because achieving these goals may be a challenging yet unpredictable journey but at the end it will be a rewarding blessing.


“See the things that you want as already yours. Know that they will come to you at need. Then let them come. Don’t fret and worry about them. Don’t think about your lack of them. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.”

– Robert Collier

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