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Definition: Goals are desired future states that are to be achieved through action and effort.

They give people orientation and Motivation and help them to develop their potential and achieve their desired results.

Types of Goals:

There are different types of goals, such as: E.g.:

  • Long-term goals: Long-term goals are goals that are to be achieved over a longer period of time, e.g. B. to get a university degree or to climb a career ladder.
  • Short term goals: Short-term goals are goals that are to be achieved in a shorter period of time, e.g. E.g. to lose 10 kg in the next week or to learn a new language in the next two months.
  • Personal goals: Personal goals are goals that relate to yourself, e.g. B. to live healthier or become happier.
  • Professional goals: Professional goals are goals that relate to one's professional career, e.g. B. getting a promotion or starting your own business.
  • Specific goals: Concrete goals are clearly defined and measurable goals, e.g. E.g. “I will lose 3 kg in the next 10 months” or “I will study for 30 minutes every day to prepare for my exam.”
  • Abstract goals: Abstract goals are goals that are not clearly defined or measurable, e.g. B. “I want to be happier” or “I want to advance my career.”


Goal setting is the process of formulating and concretizing goals.

There are different models and methods for goal setting, e.g. B. the SMART-Method.

SMART method:

The SMART method is a simple and effective goal setting tool.

The individual letters of SMART stand for the following criteria that a good goal should meet:

  • S – Specific: The goal should be specific and precisely formulated. What exactly do you want to achieve? The more precisely the goal is formulated, the better you can work towards it.
  • M – Measurable: The goal should be measurable. How can you measure your progress? Formulate your goal so that you can recognize when you have achieved it.
  • A – Attractive/Achievable: The goal should be attractive and achievable. Is the goal challenging but still realistic? A goal that's too easy won't motivate you, and a goal that's too difficult can frustrate you.
  • R – Relevant: The goal should be relevant. Does the goal align with your larger goals and values? Think about why you want to achieve this goal and how it fits into your overall picture.
  • T – Time-bound: The goal should be timed. By when do you want to reach the goal? Set a realistic time for achieving your goal to keep yourself focused.

Benefits of Goals:

  • Clarity: Goals provide clarity and transparency so you know exactly what you want to achieve.
  • Motivation: Goals can be more motivating because you can measure your progress and know when you have achieved your goal.
  • Focus: Goals help you focus on what's important and avoid distractions.
  • success control: Goals allow you to measure your progress and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Higher probability of success: The likelihood that you will achieve your goals is greater if your goals are SMART.

Application of goals:

You can apply goals in all areas of life, e.g. B. in your career, in your relationship, in your health or in your free time.

Goals can help you realize your potential, achieve your desired results, and live a fulfilling life.

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