- Relating to or characterized by aspiration or a strong desire for something
- Aimed at or appealing to people who want to attain a higher social position or standard of living
Hi I’m Matt. What YMCA Bedfordshire does for those in need in Bedfordshire and beyond is amazing. I’m sure most of you working directly with the individuals or families we support could think of a particular person or situation you have been involved with that has made you think ‘that’s why I do this job’. I’m sure some of you may even go as far as to admit that when you think about that person or those people, it brings a tear to your eye. Well you should be proud of what you do, because I am.
What you do day to day is inspirational, but being inspirational is not enough. We need to be aspirational.
We need to aspire to greater things. To push harder, to perform higher and to challenge others to do the same.
At YMCA Bedfordshire we aspire to help service users and staff to reach their full potential by focusing on positive outcomes and creating opportunities for growth.
Being aspirational and setting aspirational goals will help you to achieve a greater purpose in life. Goals and aspirations help to keep people motivated and focused in their lives. Setting and achieving aspirational goals is something anyone can do in a few simple steps.
- Think about what you aspire to be or do and write them down. This thought process can be a motivation for you to set aspirational goals and find ways to meet them. You need to figure out what you aspire to do or see before you can set goals to make it happen.
- Think about what you value in life. Your goals and aspirations need to be in line with your values in life. Defining your values will help you to set a direction for your goals and keep you focused and on track.
- Write down the steps you believe are necessary to achieve your dreams. Be as specific and detailed as you possibly can.
So, how do I apply this in my role and in my life? Well, I have set goals that I aspire to and I know what values are important to me and I work towards these each day. The question I would leave you with is, if you don’t have something to aim for, how do you know you are going in the right direction?