A goal is something you aim for. While some, like going grocery shopping, are easily achieved, long-term goals like getting a college degree can sometimes seem out of reach. That doesn’t have to be the case, though. In this section, we’ll look at how to define attainable goals and create action plans to reach them.
If you want to set a realistic goal, it helps to do two things:
Organizing these steps into a written plan may help you achieve your goals.
A goal action plan can be helpful for achieving almost any goal, especially long-term goals. When you say, “I want to get a college degree,” you’re not actually setting an actionable goal because many steps are involved in furthering your education. For example, after you’ve applied to University of Phoenix, your next goal might be about preparing for your first class.
To create an action plan, break down your goal into tasks that can be completed in a day, week, month and year. Although you may have different tasks, an action plan may look like this:
Need help filling in your action plan? Use the SMART model to create goals that are: