The objective to reach anything in the future, is to set goals. This is also what all the goal setting gurus will preach. To dissect and reflect on your previous goals, to look forward to all the new goals that you’ll set in the future. So there should be focus placed on goal setting, but more importantly goal attainment.
Once you know what you’re striving for, the goal that you want, knowing exactly where you are, then what you need is to plot out the course to get you there. These can be long term ones such as five, three, or one year goals, or shorter ones, such as a month, week, or daily.
It’s also important to attend to time management issues, this by reviewing the bigger goals quarterly, and the shorter ones according. This won’t happen unless you prioritize your time, doing the things identified as important, first.
Learn To Work Backwards
Most experts in goal setting will tell you that you need to start from the end, and work backwards.
Begin by imagining yourself and all that you want to accomplish in your life, sometime in the future. By doing so, you can develop a road map of how to get there.
You would never get on an airplane for instance, without knowing its destination. So why would you live your life that way. You need to decide right now, where you want to end up once the goal is complete.
What’s your purpose, know your unique skills, abilities and talents that will help you to contribute. If you’re not sure, then sit yourself down and daydream, find out what they are. Discover things you love to do and excel at.
When setting goals, what many focus on is their professional objectives. Although this is important in the goal setting strategy, it shouldn’t be the only area of attention. Every facet of your life and living should be also considered.
The reason being, when you grow older and reflect back on your life, what many won’t do is regret that should of worked harder.
So when setting goals, consider how it will affect every area of your life. When setting goals, consider your work, play, relationships and spirituality.
There are a variety of ways to divide your life differently, so the key becomes to find the ones that are important to you, and then set goals in each of those areas.
Take Stock Of Where You Are
As important as knowing where you’re going, knowing where you are right now is just as important. It’s impossible to get direction from someone, unless they know where you’re starting from.
Take the time to scrutinize, analyze, the reality of your life right now. Where you stand in every area of your life. Don’t be too overly critical, or too overly optimistic. Just take a honest inventory of your current situation.
Then make an assessment of all your strengths. Enumerating your strengths, is helpful in setting your future goals. At times, it’s your strengths that makes goal attainment possible.
Then ask yourself, “What would I need to give up, to be successful reaching this particular goal?” Once you have your answer, you need to decide if it’s worth it.
Most often, many don’t move forward towards their goals, because of the fears that lingers from their conscious awareness. What they need, is to be brought to the forefront, so they can be confronted and managed.
Affirmation Visualization And Meditation
To become serious about accomplishing your goals, they need to be written down. A study based on University students for instance, where just 3% of the students who were graduating, actually wrote down their specific career goals.
Twenty years later, it was those 3%, who were worth more financially than the collective other 97% combined.
An affirmation is simply writing down your goals, as if it were already true in the present moment. You then repeat these affirmations a few times a day. Be extremely precise about what you’re trying to accomplish.
A visualization, is similar to a mental rehearsal. In your minds eye, what you’re doing is imagining what your life would and can be like, this once the goal is accomplished.
The more vivid and sensory-based that the visualization is, the more effective it will be.
Meditation is that “quiet time” you need to get in touch with your inner self, your higher power. It’s the downtime of deep reflection, where you honestly ask questions and seek answers, this from a place that has all the answers.
Always Have A Positive Attitude
What’s known is we attract into our lives, what we focus on the most. So if we’re focused on what we don’t currently have, then what we attract is more lack into our lives.
If we’re constantly complaining about our bad luck, that we’re cursed, poor, then that’s what we’ll get more of.
When working in harmony with who you are, our true selves, it’s important to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Even when things don’t go as planned, you can always be grateful for the lessons that were learned.
Always Be Improving Stay Motivated
This is the difference when it comes to goal setting and goal attainment. It begins with never being satisfied that you’ve arrived.
There’s always something more that you can do, improvements that you can make. Life is a constant moving target.
Staying motivated is always a challenge. At times, reaching our goals will motivate us. Often, it can also have the opposite effect. What’s found helpful is having a mentor, who forces you to be accountable, which can make all the difference.
What you can do is promise yourself that you’re going to do something, all day long. But if you don’t do it, who really knows or cares?
However, once you tell someone about your goals, announce it to the world what your intentions are, then your integrity, your word won’t allow you to fail.