Lifetime Goals

Goal setting is the process for thinking about your future, of what you want to achieve. The way to motivate yourself and turn this vision of your future into a reality. The process of setting a goal is to help you make choices where you want to go in life and what you would like to achieve. By setting a goal you would be able to know what you would require to make your goal a reality.

Goals can be differentiated between personal, lifetime or being career minded.

In the next couple of days we will look at how to set personal, lifetime and career goals. This week we will look at Lifetime goals.

With setting a goal the first aspect to consider is what you want to achieve in your lifetime. Where you would like to be in 10 years.  One has to keep in mind that you would need an overall perspective that all decisions you make would have an impact on your life.

By defining a lifetime goal a person can look at categorising the important areas in your life. Categories can include where you want to be in your career and how financially independent you would want to be. What education and skills would be required to make your goal a reality. How would family life impact on the decisions you make. What physical requirements would you need to gain your goals. What would you define as being in good health. Is your mindset where it is supposed to be. What would you define brings you pleasure, that which brings balance in your life.

Once you have categorised your lifetime goals, draft a 5 year or 10 year plan. Set smaller goals that you know you can complete within a 1 year, 6 month and a 1 month plan. Create daily to-do lists. This would keep you focused. Review your plans and make sure this is the way you want to live your life.

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Social Networking

Herewith a few pointers for how to go about social networking.

One of the most important factors to remember is that everything you say is public. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. It’s very easy to get voted off (that is other people’s friend/follow or connection lists.

To help you manage your social network sites, here are some of the mistakes people tend to make with tips of how you can avoid them.

One of the mistakes are failing to observe local customs. If you’re new to a network take time to lurk and learn. Watch someone you respect and follow their lead on etiquette. An example is when on Twitter @reply to someone (vs messaging them privately) it’s polite to mention the topic so others can follow.

A social network is not the way to market or for hawking your wares. Depending on the network, rampant self-promotions can lose you friends and even get your account suspended or have you banned.

Another big factor with social networking is being insincere. People see right through the tactics of disingenuous networkers. Authenticity and transparency are the buzzwords. Be yourself.

A social network is not the forum for personal expression. Complaining about your mother in law, providing minute by minute updates of your daily emotions is unlikely to win you friends and followers. Leave this for a therapist.

Do not be insensitive on a social network. Remember, religion, sex and politics are perennial hot tamales. Be extremely tactful or avoid these areas altogether.

Social networks are a great way to connect – treat each person as the individual they are. If you want to engage, take responsibility for finding a genuine point of contact. You’ll be more likely to get a response and make a connection.

Do not have a boring profile. If you want your social networking dance card to fill up, make an effort. Don’t have a bio that reads “Since my birth……” Keep your profile uncluttered and interesting. Include your photo. Consider using your real name.

Avoid some of these mistakes and you’ll be less likely to get voted off the island. Instead, you might just find yourself with the prize – a great network of people!