Having goals allows you to stay focused and motivated even when you face challenges. The best goals are those that are specific, measurable, and within your control. Giving yourself a goal centered around a variable you can't control is setting yourself up to fail. Instead, focus on setting goals where your effort has a direct effect on the outcome; for example, losing a certain amount of weight, writing a certain number of words, or calling a family member once a week.
Examples of good short-term goals include:
- I will clean the house weekly.
- I will exercise three days a week for three months.
- I will save $250 in my savings account.
While good long-terms goals may look more like this:
- I will save up a 20% down payment for a house.
- I will go back to school and finish college.
- I will train for and run in a marathon.