People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.Brian Tracy
“I don’t like talking about goal setting because it sounds weird” my friend told me the last time we sat down for chitchat
Why don’t you set goals? I asked her out of curiosity.
She replied “ I don’t like goal setting because my work schedule, juggling work with taking care of my daughter and other things
I have to do for me get’s in my way”
She was half right.
She was right because you can adjust your goals according to your priorities.
However she was wrong in not setting goals because of her circumstances.
I believe you shouldn’t allow circumstances to dictate setting goals
I am passionate about setting goals because I have benefited immensely from goal setting.
I have experienced a transformation in my personal business and career ever since I started setting goals
I experienced one of the scariest situations in my professional career last year…
The only thing that kept me going during those dark times and personal hell I went through was focus on my goals.
Against all odds I prevailed in the face of the adversity.
In fact when I shared what I had gone through and survived…many of my friends, colleagues and family members were astounded at what I could achieve in the face of adversity
I am not telling you the story of my life to boast. I am sharing this story because I want you to have the best year ever.
I am sharing my story so that you can have hope and faith that you can overcome any adversity you are going through
I am convinced beyond all doubt that goal setting is the master skill for success.
You may call goal setting by any name you like: New Year resolution, goals, affirmation, and so forth…
But the bottom-line about having goals is this:
Goal setting allow you take charge of your destiny
Many people fail to set goals because they don’t understand goals setting.
The best way I can express the meaning of goal setting is with a metaphor of dining out:
I want you to think about the last time you wanted to eat out.
Remember how the conversations started with expressing a desire to dine out? .
Then you thought about the kind of restaurant you wanted to go and eat. Am I right?
Next, you made a selection of the restaurants that met your criteria and refined your list down to one or two restaurant.
Finally you went out to eat and had a nice time
Goal setting follow the same journey like your journey to dine out.
Achieving a goal starts with a desire or a dream to accomplish something that will make you happy and feel fulfilled.
That is why a goal is called “a dream with a deadline”
Do you have dreams to be healthier, wiser and wealthier this year? The best way to achieve them is to put a deadline to achieving your dreams.
You must make a commitment to pursue your dreams until you achieve them.
Know your values
There is another important element to setting goals most motivational gurus and many self-help programs don’t tell you.
In fact I think this element is important for goal setting that-if you don’t include it your goal setting-you are likely to fail.
I am talking about your values. You need to identify your values.
Why? Because your values are the true reflection of what you really want. So its important that your values are aligned to the goals you want to achieve
For example, when you set goals about becoming wealth you must clarify your belief about wealth. Do you believe that building and wealthy financial independence is an ideal you should accomplish?
If you a confused about what your values are then I want you to use the following metaphor to clarify them:
I want you to imagine your funeral ceremony sometime in the future. I want to imagine what people are saying about you at your lying in state at your funeral at church
What qualities would you like your family members to remember about you?
How would your family, colleagues and friends remember you?
The answers that are coming up as you are doing-this exercise in your mind-are the values you cherish
These values are what you must focus on pursuing because they reflect your inner desire: that is a true reflection of who you are
Do this exercise to clarify your values in the area of your health, wealth, relationship, career and any other area of your life.
When you clarify your values in the major areas you want to set goals, you’ll find that you are likely to set meaningful goals.
You are more likely to achieve goals that truly reflect what you want.
Make a wish list
The next step after you have clarified your values is to list and write down the things you want to achieve.
You should categorise your goals into four major areas: wealth, health, Personal and business or career
You can either list all the things you want to achieve.
Or create the categories of goals you wish to set and then write them down under your categories
Focus on achieving more with less goals
The fewer goals you set the better your chances of achieving them.
Why? I have seen from experience that when you focus on few things…you are less likely to be distracted.
When you are focused on doing a few things you’ll find that you”ll achieve more in an efficient and productive way.
Take consistent action on your goals
The final step in goal setting for success is to commit to working on them. There are three things you must do to accomplish your goals.
The first step is I to identify most important goals. Then you organise your year, months, weeks and the days ahead in a way that- you work on your most important goals daily.
Finally you must apply Pareto’s principle when you work on your goals.
Applying Pareto’s principle means that you identify the few tasks that you need to do that will help you achieve more of your goals
In summary, I believe you can have your most productive year ever this New Year.
That is if you will have the courage to dream and give yourself a deadline to realize them.
The most effective way to accomplish your dreams is to by goal setting.
Before you set goals for achieving your dreams this year you must clarify your values about the goals you set.
When you have clarified your goals and written them down…then spend most of you days, weeks and year relentlessly pursuing them until you achieve them
That was how I was able to achieve more of my goals last year.
I intend to do better this year with goal setting.
What about you? Are you ready to have your best year ever? Then ready…set… Go