Posted by: universitymindlab | December 16, 2007

The Importance of Short-term and Mid-term Goals

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By Bakari Akil II Ph.D.  (December 16, 2007)

It is great to have long term goals. The type of goals where all of the ultimate outcomes you desire become a reality. Long term goals is the fuel that inspires and helps you to maintain focus while you go through your daily, monthly and yearly regimens.

However, what happens in the meantime? How do you remain steadfast and not become disillusioned due to the time required to achieve your objectives? Further, how do you make sure you don’t pawn your happiness and satisfaction in the present for a goal in the future?

A good way to insure that this does not occur is to set short and mid-term goals. Now, what time frame you set for your short and mid-term goals will be determined by what outcomes you are seeking. A college student at the beginning of a semester may have a long term goal of graduating from a certain class. Short term goals would be to pass a quiz, achieve an A on a paper or ‘ace’ the first exam. However, if the college student’s long term goal was to graduate from college, then perhaps a short term goal would be to successfully pass the first year or to obtain a scholarship available to students who make the Dean’s List. Regardless of the perspective on time, short and long term goals can be interspersed in almost any plan.

Of course, in order to achieve any goal a comprehensive plan should be developed in order to understand what steps need to be taken along the way. By creating a comprehensive plan, short term and mid-term goals will become apparent.

A short term goal helps a person accomplish a few things. First, it allows you to see a definite finish line, early in the process. This serves as motivation. Second, it allows you to feel the excitement and satisfaction of accomplishing a step toward your goal. It also lets you measure your development, which will demonstrate to you that you are in the process of becoming or achieving what you desire. Being able to reach short term goals also lets you know that you can relax and concentrate on other aspects of your life as well because your plan, is going according to plan. A short term goal also prepares you for the next stage of your quest, which leads to your mid-term goals.

Mid-term goals are important to your psyche because it further allows you to see that your efforts have not been in vain. They serve as an evaluative tool to further chronicle your development and let you know that you are on the right path. By reaching a mid-term goal, the one who achieves it can further relax and be secure in the fact that they are close to their anticipated outcome.

However, none of the benefits of the short and mid-term goals are possible without defining them before your quest begins. Not setting these goals can result in a lack of focus, becoming unmotivated and even over-concentrating on the future without focusing on the present. If short and mid-range goals are defined then results can be measured, motivation can be maintained and the person can relax and concentrate on other things; such as health, relationships and other pertinent matters.

If this post helps, leave a comment. It is always great to hear from you guys.

If you enjoyed this article you may also enjoy: Three Outcomes to Super You!

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  1. [...] work I use a daily checklist. A daily checklist allows you to accomplish the following things; meet short, mid-range and long term goals; allows you to relax at the end of the day; keep track of your progess;  remain clear and focused [...]

  2. very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

  3. Thanks!

  4. [...] I’m talking about goals that, if you could achieve them, could turn your whole life around and upside down, but in a good way. I challenge you to try this. Think about 3 outcomes that if you achieved them could change your life for the better. They can be short-term, mid-range or long-term outcomes. [...]

  5. I should have read this article before reading Three Outcomes to SuperYou. I am going to follow your recommendation to make short term and mid term goals. Having short term goals makes life easier. You feel a sense of accomplishment. You accomplish something in a short period of time. Its done and you are on your way to your next goal. Your mid term goal you have a little more time to work on them and you know you are working toward success. For some reason, I stopped making goals. I use to make a list of things to do on a daily basis but do to all ways being in a rush I figured why bother I can remember so why do I need a list. Now, I know that if I make a list I can feel that I accomplished a task or several task at the end of the day and I can have a feeling of success instead of a feeling of being tired at the end of the day. Today, I will start my goal list. Thanks Doc!!!!!!

  6. It is a daily process for us all. I am glad that I could serve as a small reminder.

  7. excellent I am a personal trainer and it was very interesting how your definition of goal setting fits into the way a plan out my programmes for my clients – goal setting is crucial as everything has to be structured

  8. Thanks Michael.

    I agree. Goal setting is crucial.

  9. thankz…
    for me, setting goal is really important.
    without it, we will feel hopeless, huhu

  10. Ja filza,

    No problem and thank you..

    You are right, how would we know what we are achieving if we didn’t set any goals.

  11. [...] work I use a daily checklist. A daily checklist allows you to accomplish the following things; meet short, mid-range and long term goals; allows you to relax at the end of the day; keep track of your progess;  remain clear and focused [...]

  12. It’s very nice.

  13. I love your article because,I have always though it was short and long term goals until I took my final exam to day and went back over review one of my lesson they I had mention the word mid-term goal. I didn’t have the slightest idea what that word mean matter of fact I’d mis spelled it all togather it I called it mid-range goal. Thank you for your help and keep up the great work. God Bless You.

  14. hey thanks for the advice i would love if you can give some examples of midterm goals

    very good article

  15. Best you could edit the blog title The Importance of Short-term and Mid-term Goals Super You! to something more generic for your content you write. I enjoyed the post still.

  16. thaanks it really helped me my coursework

  17. hey its really nice…i got a clear idea abt my goals…to which i can focus….

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