A Beginner’s Guide To Setting Goals

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Setting goals has played such a key role in my life and my future, but I used to really struggle with it. So, here’s how my 20-year-old self became best friends with setting goals! According to positivepsychology.com, “Goal-setting in psychology is an essential tool for self-motivation and self-drive – both at personal and professional levels.” I came to realize that the second I started college.

My ambitions throughout high school were focused on the present with zero regard for the future. I never allowed myself time to think about what type of life I wanted for myself. I floated around always trying to find a way to fulfill what the world wanted from me and not what was in line with who I felt I was meant to be. When it came to picking a college much less a career, I DEEPLY struggled. After high school, I had nothing.

From this shock came my first true goal: finding my dream career. What did I enjoy, and what lifestyle did I want to create for myself? To be honest, I didn’t just say I wanted to find my dream career and it happened. I had to set a bunch of smaller goals and work my way up to that one. I set goals like journaling about what I love and what brings me peace every day, trying new things to figure out what I liked, and spending more time talking to the people I love most. After setting these goals, I wrote them all down, created a vision board, and put it somewhere it would be a constant reminder.

According to cnbc.com, so many high-powered executives, celebrities, and CEOs have action or vision boards at home or on their computers. Envision.app even says that celebrities like Katy Perry, Steven Harvey, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen DeGeneres used vision boards to help them achieve their goals, so I thought I’d give it a go too!

Once I had a general idea of what I liked, I researched careers 24/7. I wanted to be everything from a forensic psychologist to an English teacher to an artist. I found out that I had so much love for so many different things. It’s crazy what we unlock the more we know about ourselves! After researching every single day for almost 2 years, I found myself arriving at art therapy!

I could go on for days, but the takeaway will always be this: you will achieve the goals you’ve set if you want them badly enough. It may not always be within the timeline you’ve meticulously plotted or in the way that you had wished, but if you keep working towards your goals, you will reach them.

Listen to a licensed counselor and psychology professor talk about the how, why, and what behind goal setting!

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