Written by Craig Lock

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1. ITEMISE - list possible goals - don't analyse at this stage

2. CATEGORISE - personal/family/work (use headings fromrepparttar Wheel of Life).

3. PRIORITISE - relate to what you value and rank.

4. CRYSTALLISE - make specific and clear, userepparttar 102109 KISS principle ("keep it simple, stupid"). Oops, sorry my dear reader!

Remember that goals are dreams which come true. Most people give up on their dreams too soon or, like me inrepparttar 102110 past, don't aim high enough and achieve them too easily and quickly. Except in writing!

N.B: The essence of goal setting is:



DETERMINATION I really believe that. This entire planning process might take a few days.


1. If it's not in writing, it is not a goal. It is a New Year resolution. 2. If it's not specific, it's not a goal. 3. 'Goals must be believable, inspirational and expandable'. 4. An effective goal is an exciting challenge. 5. Goals must be adjusted to new information. 6. Dynamic goals guide our choices. 7. Don't set short-term goals for longer than ninety days. 8. Maintain a balance between long-term and short-term goals. 9. Include your loved ones in your goals. 10. Set goals in all areas of your life. 11. Your goals must harmonise with your life. 12. Review your goals regularly. 13. Set vivid goals. 14. Don't chisel your goals in granite/set in concrete. 15. Reach out intorepparttar 102111 future. 16. Have a set of goals for every day, and review results every night. 17. Train yourself to crave your goals. 18. Set activity goals, not production goals (salespeople). 19. Understand luck, and make it work for you. 20. START NOW!

If you don't break your yearly objectives down into first quarterly and then monthly/weekly/daily activity targets, you cannot keep on track. Marathon runners keep going not by focusing onrepparttar 102112 whole course, but onrepparttar 102113 next drink station,repparttar 102114 bottom ofrepparttar 102115 hill, and whenrepparttar 102116 pain comes,repparttar 102117 next lamp post.

The plans we make to achieve our dreams arerepparttar 102118 blueprints for success. A written plan focusesrepparttar 102119 mind on goals. Intermediate steps move one step by step closer to success.

You should regularly review whether you are on track (e.g.. monthly, quarterly, yearly). Goal setting must be an ongoing process. Goals that are no longer meaningful must be replaced by ones that are.

" A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." - Mao Tse Tung I really like that one. No wonder I repeat it so often (the first signs of impending senility, perhaps???).

Mark Spitz,repparttar 102120 American swimmer, won nothing atrepparttar 102121 Mexico Olympics in 1968. Bitterly disappointed, he dreamt of winning 7 goal medals atrepparttar 102122 next Olympics in Munich in 1972 and set a target ofrepparttar 102123 times he would achieve in each event. He won those seven medals with times within 100th of a second of what he had said he would do. He developed his plan and a rigorous training regime. His goal became an obsession which overcame everything else... yet he achieved greatness.

Thomas Edison tried 2000 times to invent a light bulb. He didn't see it as 2000 failures, but rather as a process to be gone through. He didn't take it personally, but saw his efforts as 2000 ways that did not work. Every time an idea didn't work, it got Edison a step closer to his ultimate goal - SUCCESS. That is what kept him going. In a word, PERSISTENCE.

Even countries have set goals. After being defeated n World War II, Germany was totally devastated. However, Germany is now one ofrepparttar 102124 economic giants of Europe. Another defeated nation, Japan, which only had .3% ofrepparttar 102125 world's land and 3% ofrepparttar 102126 population now has 10% ofrepparttar 102127 global trade. The nation's leaders set goals for these countries afterrepparttar 102128 war, which seemed impossible atrepparttar 102129 time, but were achieved.

The motto: Forgetrepparttar 102130 mistakes ofrepparttar 102131 past and press on torepparttar 102132 greater achievements ofrepparttar 102133 future. Remember that setting a new goal isrepparttar 102134 first step towards a positive plan of action; because without a goal you have no target, nothing to aim for.

"Challenges are a chance to boost motivation, seize them like gold dust."


There is nothing more exciting and inspirational than new goals. Our attitude to ourselves determines our ability to set and achieve goals. Whatever your self- image, you project it to other people and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

With positive attitudes (subject ofrepparttar 102135 following chapter) and a good self image, your enthusiasm for challenges will be heightened, as well as for life in general. This results in greater job satisfaction, as well as living an emotionally healthy life filled with meaning and purpose. Remember, negative attitudes in other people can easily block your goals. I don't expect people to understand what I'm trying to achieve in my personal goals, but I'm getting there. They are MINE alone and I believe are right for ME! Raise your sights high and dare to be different. In our society we are conditioned to followrepparttar 102136 leader. N.B: Follow your own heart in setting your goals.

If you've set goals, but have had difficulty with your goals inrepparttar 102137 last 3 months, it may be because ofrepparttar 102138 following: 1. Your goals were not realistic. 2. Your goals were not clear and specific. 3. Your goals were not written inrepparttar 102139 present tense. E.g.. 'I have now cleared all my short term debts and I have saved X$ (or pounds')...'I now weigh my ideal body weight of...' Well done "Jumbo"! 4. You weren't really committed to your goals and/or they were not appropriate for you.

A final few words of wisdom (even if I say so myself) to end off this chapter...




"There are those people who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who don't even know it happened."


Craig Lock


"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe (German philosopher)

Craig Lock Creative Writing Course My various books are available from:

Three Steps for Positive Goal Setting

Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. No goal achievement is a leap across some huge canyon. Many are intimidated and driven away from going after what they really want in their lives for fear they will have to take a giant leap across that canyon and, hey, what if I don't leap far enough? Disaster.

Let's say you have a goal to get an additional $10,000 in savings two years from today. Make up a picture of your new bank statement two years from now showingrepparttar additional $10,000 in your account. The goal is in writing. It is quantified and a deadline has been set. Now you can break that goal into its little steps for achievement.

To get $10,000 overrepparttar 102108 next two years requires getting an additional $5,000 per year. A year is made up of twelve months, so that means you need to get approximately $400 per month. A month is made up of four weeks, so that's $100 per week. And a week is made of, let's say, five business days. That's $20 per day. (I have not added in interest to these calculations just for simplicity.)

I don't know about you, butrepparttar 102109 notion of going out inrepparttar 102110 world tomorrow and getting an extra $20 is a whole lot more realistic and certainly a whole more doable than getting $10,000. Gettingrepparttar 102111 entire $10,000 isrepparttar 102112 leap acrossrepparttar 102113 canyon. It scares me. $20 isrepparttar 102114 single step. That's something I can handle. Nowrepparttar 102115 goal seems realistic and is realizable.

But until you write out your goal, quantify it, and set a deadline so that you break it down to its small steps, it will forever appear to be too big a stretch and therefore unattainable. But every time you follow these three steps and breakrepparttar 102116 goal down, you will always find that you have within your control what it takes to accomplish that next step. And once you begin, you are on your way!

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