Most people embarking on a trip will determine a route in advance, and often consult a map to help chart the best course. Having such road map to guide personal and professional decisions and establishing attainable goals is an important way to ensure success.
Take time to think about the future and what you want to accomplish, advises Business Psychology Associates, Idaho’s employee assistance program provider. BPA provides the following information on its Web site for state of Idaho employees:
Setting goals is a positive step. Your first goal might be to become a more positive thinker. People who are optimistic tend to be happier and live longer. With a little persistence, you can begin to change your negative attitudes.
Negative thinking can become so pervasive you don't even notice it. Try enlisting the help of close friends and family. Have them tell you when you are expressing unreasonably negative ideas or thoughts. Try reminding yourself - notes pasted on the bathroom mirror or in your car might be silly, but if they can stop a negative thought here and there, they can be helpful.
For positive motivation, try to focus on the end results. For example, if you want to be neater around the house but feel overwhelmed or discouraged, try to think about the end results of cleaning the house. Imagine how nice it will look and how you will feel about yourself after it is clean. Imagine doing something you enjoy in your clean house. Imagine the house is clean.
The following is a list of steps to help you set and meet goals in your life.
2. Be specific if possible
3. State the goal positively
4. Make a plan to achieve your goal
5. Choose individual goals
6. Choose realistic goals
7. Reward achievement
To view the original article or get information about BPA services available to Idaho employees, visit the organization's Web site.