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3 Tips to Create Goals (Jenny Vang)

The meaning of goals is achievements that you want to achieve in life. These goals do not have to be big, but they must be realistic. Goals can be short-term or long-term. Creating goals is important because it can help you focus on yourself and your behavior, allowing you to see what changes or priorities you need to make.

You can work your way up by focusing on small goals and then gradually into big goals. For example, your small goal can be to volunteer at a non-profit organization, then your big goal is to be an intern at the same organization. For example, volunteering was able to help me achieve my big goal of becoming an intern because I started getting interested in the tasks I was working on and the way the non-profit organization was promoting on social media.

Tip #1: Jot things down. For this tip, you want to have a planner or a personal notebook. Every time you come up with an idea, jot it down. You might want to explore and see things that pique your interest to get some ideas. For example, I went to the mall and saw this eyeliner product. When I got home, I jotted it down in my notebook. Jotting things down stimulates or forces you to create those goals. In turn, my goal would be to achieve the eyeliner look with the product I saw at the mall. Jotting things down will motivate you because you seek and explore other things. You become more ambitious.

Tip #2: Create a vision board. A vision board is there to visualize the goals you might want to accomplish in the long run, no matter how small or big. A vision board consists of inspirational images and words. Collect the ones you are most interested in from magazines or the internet. For example, reading books is one of my favorite hobbies. I would collect images of the books I want to read within a year. I love reading Colleen Hoover’s books because I can gain relationship advice, such as learning how to communicate better and be myself so that I can be loved the way I want. With the advice, I make those into my goals, and by doing so, that will improve my personal development. When Hoover releases more books, I will print out the image of the book and paste it onto my vision board. That way, I can visualize what I want to accomplish in a specific timeframe. By doing this, you will improve your motivation and self-encouragement.

Tip #3: Create a timeline. When you create a timeline, it will help you organize and prioritize your goals. A timeline will show you the expectations as to how much time you are willing to invest in it. For example, you want to look good and feel good, so you start doing cardio for two months. While doing that, you realize that you want to build muscles. This is when you start creating other goals. To create an efficient timeline, draw a long horizontal line on a piece of paper or an excel sheet, then write down the dates from left to right. Write down your goals chronologically from the ones you think you would want to accomplish first, then focus on them one by one. When you are committed to one goal at a time, you can create other goals you want to achieve. You will be able to discover the direction of your life.

Youth Author: Jenny Vang

Jenny Vang is a 22-year-old alumna of Sacramento State. She graduated in the Spring of 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She has an interest in Mental/Behavioral Health and is exploring her way toward her career. Her hobbies are reading books, working out, listening to true crime podcasts, and journaling.

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