Describe a goal you set that you tried your best to achieve.
You should say:
what it was
when you set it
what you did to achieve it
and explain how you felt about it
A goal that was particularly important to me was when I decided that I would learn to play the piano. At least I wanted to get to the level of grade 3, a level where I could play a number of pieces in front of people, and sing a little bit at the same time. I wanted to be able to perform in public, is what I am saying. That was my aim, and at grade 3 you can sort of achieve this, at least playing pieces which are not too complicated. I am not talking about playing Rachmaninov’s 4th Piano Concerto or anything like this! Anyway, so I had a teacher, and to be honest I found it really really difficult at first… well, not just at first, I found it really hard all the way along. It took me a couple of years, I went twice a week to my piano lessons, I practiced on an electronic keyboard at home, and I was pretty determined. I think the reason I eventually achieved this aim, this goal, was because I was very self-motivated. I was not doing it because of being pushed by my parents, or school teachers or anyone – I was motivated purely by my desire to be a performer – to succeed in playing to a level when I could perform in front of others and entertain them. This would be about 5 or 6 years ago now. I think it was around the summer holidays when I set this goal and made this decision for certain. When after a couple of years I passed the exam and got my results, I was really delighted. And that’s why now I am continuing to study the piano, with even more motivation, because when you achieve one step, one stage of success, you feel inspired to continue on, you feel encouraged, you feel confident and capable of doing anything! So, I felt great, yeah, and I still feel great about this!
1. Do people usually set long-term goals or short-term goals?
Some very organized people set goals for almost everything. It’s actually a really good habit. If you set goals, you are also likely to be more motivated. Everyone needs to see a ‘path before them’ and see milestones, points of achievement along the way. It’s important to set short-term goals as well as long-term goals. If you set small goals, you then become better at managing your longer term goals.
2. Why is setting goals important in the workplace?
Goal-setting is essential for getting any projects done. So, when talking about the workplace, usually we are talking about groups of people - teams. And when dealing with teams and managing projects, there need to be goals, there need to be aims, there need to be set, agreed-upon steps that everyone has a responsibility to play a role in, in order that the larger end-goal can be achieved successfully.
3. What’s the difference between goals set by old people and young people?
Emmm I’m not really sure actually. In some ways there is no difference, it doesn’t really depend on the age of the people, but the type of person and the nature of what they seek to achieve. But, one difference might be that older people do have different types of duties and responsibilities and aims in life, so they are likely to have different goals and perhaps different ways of try to reach those goals. Young people’s goals are more related to examinations, study achievements and work achievements. Older people’s goals might be more family oriented or perhaps hobby oriented. To make a generalization, I guess that’s the best way to answer that question!