For many people, setting goals is a part of their lives. Some people are great at achieving their objectives while other people often fall short. If you are in the group of people who always seem to fall short, you might be wondering how you can begin achieving what you want. Here, results-driven construction professional Michael Evan Salley shares a few tips to help you set and achieve your goals.
Make it Achievable but Challenging
There’s a thin line between a goal that’s too easy and one that’s too hard; finding a goal that is both achievable and challenging can be difficult. If the goal is too easy, you likely won’t achieve anything, and if it’s too hard, you may end up giving up. You may have to reevaluate your goal several times before you find one that’s the perfect balance of challenging and achievable. One idea is to choose a goal that feels just out of reach; this will push you to put forth the extra effort required to achieve it.
Break It Down
If it’s a small goal, you likely won’t need to break it down. For a larger goal, breaking it down will help it feel more achievable. For example, running a marathon is a high aspiration, but if you’ve never run more than a few miles at a time, a marathon might feel overwhelming. Instead, set a series of smaller goals that will lead to your more significant achievement. You might start by having a goal to jog for two minutes without stopping, or you might decide to take one lap around your local high school track. When you’ve achieved your smaller goal, set one that’s a bit bigger, and continue to take baby steps until you get to your ultimate target.
Breaking down your goal will help it not to feel as overwhelming. In some cases, you might find that your original plan is either harder or easier than you anticipated, and you may need to adjust your ultimate goal. There is nothing wrong with changing your goal if you realize that you want to achieve something else instead.
Consider the “Why”
For some people, this is the most critical part of their goal. If strong motivation isn’t there, you are less likely to follow through with your goal. If you don’t have a strong enough reason for wanting to achieve a goal, it’s time to either find a stronger reason or pick something else to accomplish.
Setting goals is an integral part of life. By doing this, you can grow and become your best self. It’s always important, though, to balance challenging with achievable, break down your goal, and focus on why you want to achieve something.
About Michael Evan Salley
Michael Evan Salley is a construction management professional who likes to take on challenges, both personal and professional. He is an avid outdoorsman with a leadership mentality and decisiveness. He has two degrees–Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Construction Science and Management–and experience in both fields. This has helped him grow into a confident, dependable team leader with a winning mindset. Mr. Salley is well-organized and goal-oriented and is looking to excel in mid and large commercial construction managerial positions.