SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS
Numerous studies have shown that setting and using goals has a dramatic positive effect upon peoples lives. Examining what the most successful people have done has produced guidelines, which when followed, produce similar effects on those using them.
There is no value in setting goals if you do not use them.
Some ideas are as follows:-
- The simplest way to use them is to have them written down, and refer to them daily. You can then focus your attention on those activities which take you closer to your goal, and ignore the distractions.
- Many people who use goals like to divide their life in to areas and set from three to six goals in each area. Areas could be:-
- Social and Friends
- Work and career
- Health and fitness
- Leisure activities
The exact list is dependent on your needs.
- For some the goals can be further reinforced by daily rewriting the goals. In total this should be less than a page of A4.
- Change your goals as time progresses. A goal can become outdated. If you no longer want it, then drop it. The goals work for you, not you for your goals. If you do drop or change a goal, be sure you know why. What price will you pay in the future by not achieving this goal?
The problem for many people is setting goals which they can achieve. A goal like "I will win the lottery next week" has limited value.
Here is a simple, yet very effective method of setting goals. As you evaluate your goal at each step, you may need to slightly alter the goal, and retest it.
1) Set the goal. Be as specific as possible. Give as many details as possible, particularly when you want to achieve the goal by a certain date.
2) Check that the specifics of the goal are realistic, e.g, "obtaining a degree in three months" would not be achievable for most of us. Another problem could be "earning a million pounds a year from massage", which is unlikely.
3) What will it be like when you have your goal. What will you see, hear, touch, smell or whatever. Really imagine having met your goal. How does it feel? Is this what you want? What can you have or do now, having achieved your goal, that you could not do before? What would it be like if you failed? What would that feel like? Take time to really imagine this. Do you still really want this goal?
4) Have you everything you need now to achieve the goal, if not what do you need? Do you need the co-operation of others? If so will you get it, or is there a way without this co-operation? Do you have to learn new skills. At this stage you may produce several smaller goals which must be met before your main goal is achieved. If there is a cost in terms of money or time, or something else, are you willing to pay the price? If you no longer have this time or money, or what ever, what will you be unable to do? Are you prepared to pay the price?
5) What is stopping you achieving the goal now. This could be something internal to you, such as a limiting belief, such as, "I can't be any good at a Sport" or "I can't be any good at Teaching". One way of changing a limiting belief is to find others who have done what you want, or something similar, and copy them.
6) What is the next step you must take to make your goal happen, and by when will you have done this?
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