Management Tip of the Day: Ways to make goals attainable

Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:10am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Being specific, optimistic and realistic are key to making many of your goals more attainable, according to Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"When you fail to meet your goals, you might blame yourself, thinking that you lack talent or willpower. In fact, innate ability has little to do with whether reach your goals.

Instead of faulting yourself, try these two ways to make your goals more achievable:

1. Be very specific. Targets like 'get a better job' or 'eat healthier' are too vague. Hazy goals can leave you discouraged or bored. Spell out exactly what you want so you don't settle for less.

2. Be optimistic and realistic, at the same time. Think about what you want and what stands in your way. Go back and forth between the two to get clarity on the action you must take and gain the momentum to do it."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Get Your Goals Back on Track" by Heidi Grant Halvorson.

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