What sort of goals should I set myself?Typically, when people first think of goal setting they tend towards material items, or perhaps health related (giving up smoking, giving up alcohol, going on a diet etc). I’d strongly suggest that you instead look at a more holistic approach, considering areas such as work-life balance, personal development, spiritual development, charitable aims. Having said that – always make sure that you only include goals that would truly motivate you! There is no point in setting goals that look good on paper, for someone else. Instead, make sure that you are fully committed to achieving the goals that you set out.
Whilst your goals should always be SMART, I believe that you should always make sure that they are also challenging. The “attainable” part of SMART is sometimes used as an excuse to set goals which don’t challenge the individual. You need to make sure that you will be motivated and driven to achieve the goal, and it’s difficulty will in fact form part of that motivation (there’s very few of us that can turn down a challenge!).