Setting Awesome Short Term Goals

In my previous post about Getting Crystal Clear on Your {Long Term} Goals, the focus was on brainstorming and doing a lot of the hard work to get those goals on paper, then balancing them to see if your goals are more short term or long term, or a mixture of both. This process can take quite awhile! And there are MANY people out there who don’t want to or can’t take that time.

So today, I want to focus specifically on short term goals. Something quick. Something to get you moving in the right direction.

I’d like to take a brief detour though and tell you that I have an amazing Dad. No really. He’s amazing. He’s taught me:

  • Hard work is how things get done
  • Perseverance is an extremely valuable character trait
  • When I’ve come to him with heavy problems, he’s taught me about forgiveness.
  • The importance of being a lifelong learner
  • Sarcasm is good, yet discerning the time and place to use it is better.

When I shared with him my last blog post, he said “Great post. 10 year plans are about 5 years too long for me. I’m so old now that we never buy green bananas anymore!” {He’s a funny guy, that Dad of mine}. He then proceeded to share with me a couple ideas for 5 year plans that he enjoys. Like The 5 Minute 5 Year Plan from The House of Muses.

This really got me thinking. He’s right {of course}. Short term goals are just as important as long term goals and there is also value in not spending hours wrestling with your inner thoughts in order to get something useful down on paper.


If you’ve read more than 2 of my blog posts, you would know I’m a fan of Jim Rohn. He’s pretty old school, but his style really speaks to me. I read this today:

“We rush, rush, rush and are constantly listening to noise all around us. We must not get faked out by just being busy. Instead, we must constantly ask ourselves the question, “Busy doing what?” In other words, are the activities you are participating in moving you toward your goals? If not, then work to eliminate those things and replace some of that time with quiet” -Jim Rohn

I love me some quiet time.

Anyway, let’s talk short term goals. Some basics:

  1. A short term goal is something that can take anywhere from a day to a year
  2. A short term goal is more modest than a long term goal
  3. Short term goals must be related to long term achievements
    1. Short term goals could also be called “confidence builders,” because the accomplishment of them gives you confidence to continue!

So, break your long term goals down into short term achievements. Courtesy of my dear old Dad, the blog “I’m an Adult, So Now What?” has a great post called “The 3 Steps to a 5 Year Plan”  and it also includes a FREE TEMPLATE to create those short term goals. I’d highly recommend it (and I didn’t even get paid to say that!) as a great place to get started on defining your short term goals.

Now go Carpe that Diem. Show those short term goals who’s boss.

Setting Short Term Goals


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