Analyzing Your Goals
In addition to setting long-term
and short-term goals, you also need to analyze your goals. Goals do not
occur in isolation. We have many different goals in our lives, and we
need to figure out how to set priorities and still reach our different
While doing the earlier Activities,
you may have discovered that you have no clear plan for reaching some
of your goals or you may not be working hard enough to reach them. To
help you analyze your goals, it is important to ask yourself two questions:
- Do I have any goals that
are in conflict? Will pursuing one goal prevent or make it difficult
to reach another one?
If one of your goals
is to earn a six-figure income and another one is to get a degree
in social work (a wonderful, but low-paying career), you have goal
- Am I committed to my goals?
You may want to run a
marathon, but unless you are willing to invest the time and energy
to train and prepare properly, you are not committed to it.
Refer to your paper copies
of Activities 6-11. Analyze your personal, academic, social, and occupational/professional
goals for both conflict and commitment:
- In cases of goal conflict,
you need to keep the goal you really want and delete the other.
- If there is no evidence
that you are committed to achieving a goal, you should delete it from
your lists. We all have goals that we want, but we are not really willing
to work hard to achieve them. We often call these goals wishes or dreams.
Goals are not the same as
wishes and dreams. We are willing to work toward achieving the goals
we set and use. Dreams are fun and may become goals, but as dreams they
do not tend to push us to action.
Click to open
Activity #12 and follow the directions.
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