Goal Setting

Craft your goal to your needs

Make your goals real so they fit what you want. Goal setting is basically a way to approach the process of accomplishment. It is a very successful way, if done right.

 

Ever wondered how some people have everything that they dream of and for many it just remains a dream? Here are some tips on how to help turn your dreams into reality. Fortunately, it is not a question of genetics or luck; it is down to the thinking strategies that you use.

 

Understanding what is important to you Setting goals are in line with your values.

If a goal is in line with your values you get energy and motivation that lead you toward the goal. Most of you have experienced this type of energy and motivation at some time in your lives; maybe birthdays, Christmas, children and as adults buying a house, getting married or looking forward to a holiday in the sun.

The curious thing is how little you target the use of this behavior towards things that you want in life. It is because you spend little time working on setting goals so they fit that is why you have such a high failure rate at achieving them.

I am sure you have set New Year’s resolutions. How many of those did you achieve? What was different, I wonder, between those that you did achieve and those that you did not? I suspect that for those that you did not achieve, beneath the reason for not doing so, the cost in terms of time, money or loss of something else was too high.

If you have a greater understanding of your values, craft your goals in line with them, and address some of the other key areas listed here, you are rewarded with the energy and motivation to make them happen with ease.

 

Optimize the use of your time.

To optimize your time on and towards what you want you must first gain a greater insight into what is important to you, and having done so you must then distinguish between the activities that you do and what is important and urgent.

In my experience this is not a regularly practiced technique; too many people are reacting, to activities that are asked of them or are left to the point of being urgent. Examples of this are leaving the utilities bills to the last minute or working under a demanding boss or chaotic organization.

Once understood this essential time management technique is easy to master and is commonly taught in time management programmers. Understanding it within a great context of achievement makes it that much more relevant to learning and putting into practice.

 

Start with what you have now, with the end in mind.

Having both established your goal that is in line with you, you then have to optimize your time, you need to make a start. It is important that the start is made with the goal in mind and with a degree of realism on the resources that are available now. Delusion is the result of setting off without a realistic view of what the present situation is. And delusion soon turns to disappointment which in turn turns to frustration and ultimately little or no significant progress.

At the end of the day you only have 3 resources: Physical and mental energy, time and money. It is key, that you learn how to make optimal use of these resources.

 

Meeting challenges.

No amount of planning is going to cater for every eventuality. Many people consider these unplanned events to be problems that prevent progress and give up at that point. People that achieve are not put off by these events and are more energized by the richness of the opportunities that are enveloped in these events.
With the right mind set the journey to achievement can be viewed as one opportunity after another to reinforce the ability to succeed.

 

How you use your imaginations.

You are all blessed with incredibly powerful imaginations. However many imagine outcomes of the future are not going to be to your advantage. Imagining negative outcomes leads to worry, stress and fear and drains our energy and motivation.

Imagining a positive outcome of the future releases more of the energy and motivation that you need to succeed at your goal.

Fortunately the structure that you use in your mind is the same for both negative and positive imaginations. And with the right know how one can use the skill that generates fear into one that generates excitement and anticipation.

 

Forming your goal well.

When setting goals it is essential that you consider a number of factors; a compelling view of how things will be when you have the goal is as important to have a clear understanding of what you will lose when you have it. Many times the likely loss prevents you from achieving what you want because you have not adapted your thinking around the loss.

A prime example of this is giving up smoking many people fail to give up because having a cigarette provides them with a valuable 5 minute break. When the break is factored into the future along with the goal the chances of success are considerably increased.

 

Believing that it is possible that it is for you.

It is important that you hold certain helpful beliefs about setting your goal. Many of you hold negative beliefs about whether the goal is achievable, whether you will ever achieve it and even whether it is really for you.

It is important to overcome these beliefs or sabotage will result. Fortunately you are not born with your beliefs and the ones that you develop through childhood and in to the present moment can be changed. Start setting your goal now!