Step 3: New semester, challenges, & Psychology of Goal Setting

5 Oct

I’ve be reflecting a lot on dreams and goals, lately.  How do we view our dreams?  Are they achievable? Fantastical?  Goal setting is an essential part of beginning a process like pursuing a Masters Degree, making a career change, or attempting to fulfill items on a bucket list.  Psychology Today states:

There is one overriding characteristic that can give you the edge you need to achieve great things: the ability to set realistic yet challenging goals. Goal-setting has a wide and powerful influence on your life. Once you are aware of your approach to goal-setting, you can work towards improving it so that you too can reach your true potential.

I took a test on Ambition, to see where I fell within the spectrum of goal setting, and motivation. These are my results:

To Take Your Own Test Click HERE!

More information on the psychology of goal setting after the jump:)

Motivation to create goals can either be intrinsic (internal) or extrinsic (externally motivated).  According to Dr. Heather Barber, creating successful goals efficiently involves several steps.  These steps were initially described in relation to sports psychology/coaching, but are equally applicable to daily life:

  1. understanding the commitment involved in the goal
  2. understanding the extent you wish to reach within the goal
  3. know the skills that will be required to fulfill the goal
  4. know/explore how the goal and lifestyle required to get it will fit into daily life and relationships as well as life goals for happiness, etc.
  5. make goal statements positive
  6. set time limits/dates in which progress toward goal can be measured
  7. prioritize your goals
  8. write down your goals to make them concrete
  9. keep goals within the immediate time-frame small a and achievable, build up in increments, and reward self/provide external motivation to accomplish these goals

Dr. Heather Barber’s paper is written with a focus on soccer and sports.  To view her paper in its’ entirety click the following link for the PDF file:  “US Soccer: Psychology, Motivation, Anxiety, Confidence, Goal-Setting” By Dr. Heather Barber.

Well, it’s only a week or so before the new semester starts at Capella University.  I should read over the first chapter or so of the new text books, that way I can be somewhat prepared for my new coursework.  I also need to revisit my portfolio for the residency I’ll be attending.  This semester I’ll be taking Assessment, Tests & Measures and Marriage and Family Systems (so don’t be surprised to see a few posts on the subjects). 🙂

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4 Responses to “Step 3: New semester, challenges, & Psychology of Goal Setting”

  1. thypolarlife October 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM #

    This was quite interesting. I took the test and scored a 79. This is what is said:

    Your results indicate that you use several strategies to help you set and achieve your goals. You seem to realize that in order to be successful and accomplish all your ambitions, it’s obviously important to develop a realistic and solid plan to get there. Some effective goal-setting techniques that many people use include writing a detailed list of their goals and deadlines to achieve them, rewarding themselves after accomplishing a specific step or objective, stating their goals in positive terms, and segmenting larger goals into smaller steps. In addition, it’s not just a matter of having a detailed plan of action, but you must also be willing to make adjustments along the way, as certain developments may require you to adjust the timeline, or the goal itself. Overall, you seem to be right on track.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • coffeecounsel October 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM #

      I thought it was fun:):):) glad u liked it 🙂

  2. baby kleidung October 20, 2010 at 8:44 AM #

    Hello, this is a really fascinating web blog and ive loved reading several of the articles and posts contained upon the site, sustain the great work and hope to read a lot more exciting articles in the time to come.

    • coffeecounsel October 20, 2010 at 10:40 AM #

      Thanks:) It means a lot that you are enjoying it:) I hope to add more exciting stuff as I progress in my studies/career 😉 If you have any suggestions/stuff you would like to see plz don’t hesitate to message/comment:)

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