Once a long range goal is set, carefully analyze it in terms of the exact short range goals that must be accomplished to get there. Determine the path of short range subgoals that is most likely to lead successfully to the long range goal for you. There is almost always more than one way to achieve a given long range goal. You don’t have to do it the way somebody else did. You need to go about it the way that is most likely to lead to success for you, with your strengths, weaknesses, and personality and you will experience less stress along the way.Be Patient With Our Goals Otherwise You Will Get Stress
“Rome wasn’t built in a day”. The point here is that we must be patient with goals. Otherwise we set ourselves up for chronic frustration, tension, and anxiety before you even achieve your goals.Tips In Setting Good Realistic Short Range Goals
As with long range goals, short range goals should be realistic too.
Short range goals should be small and discrete steps toward the long-range goal.
Should be things we can do more or less immediately and that will move us along towards the long range goal.
Short term goals should be more specific than the long-range goals. They should be sufficiently specific to enable us to know what we want to accomplish next and where we are going. Otherwise we will find ourselves standing around thinking that we want to get closer to our long-range goal but making no progress in the right direction.
Our approach to accomplishing these short-range goals should be planned and organized in such a way that we have a high likelihood of getting them done.
If we fail at one of our short-range goals, we should not make more of it than it really is. We often catastrophize at times like this and behave as though one false step means we will never make it to our ultimate goal. This is rarely, if ever, the case.
If we fail at a short-range goal, we should back up and try it again, or we should figure out an alternate route that will get us around the barrier. We should not let minor setbacks depress, frustrated and stress us. They are to be expected and overcome. They are all part of it.
When you achieve a short-range goal, celebrate it. Celebrate liberally as you go along. This way, you are reinforcing your believes or rewarding yourself for desired behavior. This is a way to build your confidence and will help you to manage and reduce your stress when your are feeling down at times.
Start working systematically on the short range goals and be patient. Things that are worthwhile take time. Set up a time schedule that is realistic. Then, allow yourself half again that amount of time before you begin to worry about not making progress. People with goals they want to achieve, always underestimate the length of time it will take to accomplish them. Be patient and be confident with yourself and do not stress up if you encounter any obstacles along the way. It is part of life !