Setting goals offers individuals
a way to measure their achievements. Have you ever worked
really hard to accomplish something? Well, remember that feeling
you had when you succeeded? That is the feeling of self-confidence
that you get when you continue setting goals and achieving
them. It is a self-confidence and belief in yourself that
will allow you to go on to achieve higher and more difficult
goals personally and professionally.
Simply put, a goal is the end
toward which our effort is directed. It is the ideal or principle
we want to achieve or accomplish. It may also be something
more tangible such as an object we wish to possess. To achieve
the goal we need to overcome any obstacles in our way. Obstacles
are situations, actions, or individuals that hinder progress
in achieving a goal.
Goals can be placed
into many different categories. When we talk about how long it will
take us to reach our goals we are talking about one of these three
types of goals: short-term, intermediate, and long-term. Short-term
goals are very specific and can be achieved in one day or take as
long as six months. Long-term goals are broader than short-term
goals and could take between one and five years to accomplish. Sometimes,
short-term goals become intermediate goals because you may not be
able to accomplish them as quickly as you had planned. Therefore,
goals that are not achievable in six months but are achievable in
less than twelve months are known as intermediate goals. Goals can
also be categorized as personal or professional and then broken
down even further into categories such as: Attitude, Career, Educational,
Family, Physical, Financial, Social, etc.
This program was developed
by the West Virginia State Department of Education, the West Virginia
Workplace Education Program, and the Regional Education Service
Agency (RESA) V.