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Setting goals

Setting goals

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Setting goals
The objective is to start setting goals routinely and its therefor very important to understandhow setting vivid, compelling goals or not setting goals impact on your life. Setting goals is avery powerful technique that can yield strong returns in all areas of your life, such as thingsto do, your career, future security, people to provide for.
How do you know precisely what you want to achieve,and what you have to concentrate on to do it?
Goals are your life journey's map and itinerary, giving you direction! Goals gives you clearknowledge of where you want to go and how to get there with great efficiency. Whileavoiding taking direction may be exciting, its likely to leave you disappointed, merelydistracted rather than realising your dreams, experiencing real pleasure, satisfaction and ahaving sense of achievement.By the powerful process of setting goals you
decide
what you
want to
achieve, and by doingplanning on a routine basis you then move step-by-step towards achieving these goals.The bottom line is that more than half the rewards and benefits achieved from goal-settingcomes from actually taking your first step in that direction, regardless of the consequences.
Ask yourself, “How important is it to me that I attain my goals?”
 
Your goals of setting goals:
Structure:
Turn your deepest desires into something understandable, tangable andachievable.
Prioritise:
What is important for you to achieve in your life?
Decide:
What is important and what is irrelevant?
Motivation:
Motivate yourself to realise what you want, your dreams, experiencingreal pleasure, satisfaction and a having sense of achievement.
Self-confidence:
Building your self-confidence based on measured achievement of goals.
Resourcefulness:
By setting and reaching goals on a routine basis, you will becomingmore resourceful and effective.
Benefits of setting goals:
Motivation:
give you long-term vision and short-term motivation and enthusiasm
Direction:
Clear and focused direction giving a sense of security and purpose.
Learning:
Focus your acquisition of knowledge.
Time Management:
Maximum use of your time and your resources
Sense of Purpose:
notice your progress, instead of seeing pointless grind
Self-confidence:
Boost your self-esteem and raise your self-confidence. People whoset big, long-range goals have been found to have higher self-confidence, higher self-esteem, and greater personal motivation.
 
 
Self-development:
recognize your ability, competence and belief in yourself to makethings happen and feel in control and improve performance.
 Achivement:
Moving steadily towards and achieving the results you really want andultimate success.
Fulfillment:
Help you make the very most of your life, be happier and more satisfied.
Good Health:
decreases stress and anxiety, improved concentration.
Effective goal statements:
Written:
The act of writing your goals down...
Positive Statements:
Writing goals creates a set of instructions for your subconsiousmind to carry out, and can only be understood when expressed in the positive. Themore positive these instructions, the more positive the result, since your subconsiousmind is very efficient and its only function is to carry out your instructions. Beingmore positive in general will also help you grow and be open to more possibilities.
Precise:
Write down the precise details about your goals, including dates, time,amounts, location, etc. This will enable you to measure your achievement, but alsoprovide the vital information to your subconsious mind requires, the more clear thefinal outcome becomes and this precise outcome will make your subconsious mindmore efficient.
Prioritise:
Give each of your goals a priority. This helps you to avoid feelingoverwhelmed and to direct your attention to the most important ones.
Visualise:
Use very detailed visualisation, imagining all the details in its surroundingcontext using feeling, smell, sound etc to make the image more vivid.
Present Tense:
Write them in present tense, first person, as if they are currently true:"I am breaking even this month." The subconsious focusses on the immediate andwill 'postpone' goals put in vague future tense.
Focus on your goals:
The more focussed you are on your goals, the more likely youare to accomplish them.
Review your goals:
It is important to review your goals regularly and adjust them asyou grow and mature. Keep on fine-tuning. If a goal don't hold any attraction, thenlet it go.
Re-write your goals:
When the words are repeatedly re-written they have maximumimpact. Rephrase it, compact it, add motivating adjectives.
Quality of Goals:
Set sharp, clearly defined goals that are measurable.
Operational Goals - Tasks:
Keep the low-level goals you are working towards smalland achievable with more opportunities for reward.
Performance Goals:
Set goals over which you have as much control as possible. Theseare performance goals, not outcome goals which might fail because of poor judging,bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck. Rather base your goals on personalperformance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals anddraw satisfaction from them.
Realistic:
Setting achievable goals is part of a learning process. Other may setunrealistic goals for you, in ignorance of your goals or you may be naïve in settingvery high goals for various reasons. No one will put serious effort into achieving agoal that they believe is unrealistic. However, remember that the belief that a goal isunrealistic may be incorrect.
 
 
 A Challenge:
Not setting goals too low is just as important as not to set goalsunrealistically high. People tend to do this where they are afraid of failure or wherethey are lazy! Ideally your goals is
slightly 
out of your immediate grasp.
Imagery:
By using imagery while creating goal statements, you can change negativebeliefs about the achivements of your goals.
Start to set goals
Set Aside 2 Hours to start:
You will need about 2 hours to think through your lifetimegoals and work them back into plans right down to drawing up a To Do List to movetowards your goals.
Environment:
Its best to set your goals in a peaceful environment so you canbrainstorm.
Brainstorm:
Write it ALL down , and you throw out nothing, no matter how ridiculousit sounds. The benefit of brain storming is that you don't have to be practical and beopened up to more possibilities.
o
 
Free Thinking:
Consider what you would do, be, have, give or won't do, have,be or give if there were no obstacles. Consider what you would do if you hadno limitations.
o
 
Role Models and Mentors :
Think about the people you admire and what it isthat they have, do, and are that you want to emulate. Note that you mighteven want to consider one of these people to be your mentor, to help youthink through these areas (at least partly), and to tell you what he/she hasfound to be effective for them.
o
 
Funeral:
Visualize your funeral and think what would be said about you(Steven Covey)
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Historic Desires:
Remember everything you ever wanted or dream about inevery facet of your life.
o
 
Goal Categories:
Give a broad brainstorm coverage to of all important areas inyour life - see 'categories' below.
Choose Categories:
 
o
 
Financial:
How much do you want to earn by what stage? Have you achieveda satisfactory standard of living? Have you planned for your children'seducation? What about your own retirement?
o
 
Career:
Do you enjoy your work? Do you feel you are making a contribution tosociety? Are you living up to your potential? What level do you want to reachin your career?
o
 
Education:
Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? Whatinformation and skills will you need to achieve other goals? Did youaccomplish the educational goals you set for yourself following high-school?Are you still growing and learning? Do you invest in your continuing educationon a regular basis?
o
 
Spiritual:
Is religion important to you? If so, are you happy with the way youare practicing your religion? If not, have you reconciled your relationship witha higher power or with the universe in general?
o
 
Ethical:
Have you ever articulated specific personal values to yourself? Areyou living up to those personal values?

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