Short-term And Long-term
Not only should you set useful
goals, you should also set both short-term and long-term goals.
- Short-term goals are
ones that you will achieve in the near future (e.g., in a day, within
a week, or possibly within a few months).
- Long-term goals are
ones that you will achieve over a longer period of time (e.g., one semester,
one year, five years, or twenty years).
Long-term goals often are our
most meaningful and important goals. One problem, however, is that the
achievement of these goals is usually far in the future. As a result,
we often have trouble staying focused and maintaining a positive attitude
toward reaching these goals. This is why it is helpful to set up what
we call enabling goals.
- An enabling goal
is a special type of shorter-term goal. It is written to help us achieve
a long-term goal. Enabling goals are like stepping stones that help
us measure our progress toward reaching longer-term goals.
If one of your long-term
goals is to get an electrical engineering degree in five years,
you can set up enabling goals for each semester or quarter of college
that supports this long-term goal. These goals could include attending
classes, participating in professional development and internship
opportunities at your school, maintaining a certain grade point
average, and staying up-to-date in your readings and assignments.
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