Setting Goals for Yourself
Goal setting – lots of people take a little time out on a Sunday evening or Monday morning to review the week ahead. This can be a good time too to review your longer term goals and resolutions. Are they still the right ones to deliver the life you want? Setting, and achieving, your goals is easier if you follow these six steps.
- How deeply do you desire the goal? Napoleon Hill, in his landmark book, Think and Grow Rich, said; “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this in mind. If your desire for your goal weakens you are much less likely to achieve it.” So do you really, really want to achieve that goal?
- Can you visualize yourself achieving the goal? Lee Iacocca is one of my heroes and he said “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” What will your achievement feel like? How will your life be different when your goal is achieved? If you can really feel that state of being, you are on your way.
- Make a plan to follow to accomplish your goal. Make sure it has simple, straight forward action steps to follow. Work out what steps are critical to your success; the important steps needed to make your goal a reality. Guru, Stephen Covey, said, “All things are created twice.” There needs to be a mental creation first and then a physical creation. You have to make sure that the mental blueprint is what you really want, that you’ve thought everything through. Then each day put the steps in place to make your blueprint a reality. As Stephen Covey also said; “You begin with the end in mind.”
- Commit to your goal by putting it on paper. Back to Lee again; “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” Write down your goal (make it colourful, then the action steps and what is critical). Writing down the goal, the plan and a timeline actually seems to start things moving. It helps you to be very clear about what you have to do.
- Schedule dates for checking your progress in your diary. Regular checks and reviews help to keep you on tack. Of course you will hit obstacles on the way – plan for them when you can. And when you can’t plan use your ingenuity to get over or round the block.
- If you do get stuck seek support from someone else – a wise friend or colleague. As you would expect, I’m going to recommend hiring a coach to help you stay on track – holding you to account and helping you overcome obstacles is an important part of what we do. Don’t let your goal just slide away from you – coaches are good at lifting your motivation, too, by the way.
These six steps really do work. And they have worked time and again for some of the most successful people in the world. But you do need to make a commitment and may be this is the week you start.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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