Written by Craig Lock

What is really important to you right now in your life? In other words, what do you really value? The main headings are: PEOPLE- THINGS- OTHER, e.g. career. Also finances. That word MONEY again!

Areas of goals:

These can be divided into short, medium and long-term; these respectively being six months, one wo years and five plus years. Also divide them into balanced components, being: personal, family, social and work goals. Then break them down further into:

* Spiritual * Mental * Physical * Financial * Family * Community/School

Remember that over-concentration on one of your goals will not ensure success. A car can only run well if allrepparttar tyres are inflated torepparttar 102109 correct pressure... and if it has four wheels!

The art of goalsetting is to balance all of these areas. If one area is out of proportion in your wheel of life, it affects everything else. Your wheel of life should be rounded evenly and balanced, so that it gives a smooth ride. Unlike mine. Currently my social life is pathetic, so I am joining "rent-a-friend", as I'm way too obsessed with my work, my writing and spend far too much time focussed on it... instead of having more FUN !

A thought... Perhaps it's about time I slowed down in my article submissions and set a goal of using that time for pure relaxation! How's that for a goal?

TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE GOALS 1. Give yourself permission to dream and desire. Put aside (as much as you can) all reason and logic. If you don't have a goal, you have nothing to aim for and no plan of action. Without a goal you are just kicking a ball around. Think creatively by using your imagination in setting targets. 2. Make a master dream list. It is important to write down everything you want and need. Every place you want to go and everything you would like to become or achieve. These need not be high ideals, but genuine wants, e.g. putting food onrepparttar 102110 table (most important for "starving" writers!), a new car, beach house.swimming pool, yacht. A "proper job" for writers like me, perhaps! 3. Aim high Stretch yourself to your limit and you will achieve more than you believed possible. The higherrepparttar 102111 level of conscious goals, repparttar 102112 greater their motivating power.

4. Prioritise your Goals. Start off with some easy goals to get you inrepparttar 102113 'habit of achieving'. Know where you are now and how you got there. (" Howrepparttar 102114 s...did I get where I am now?). Look at yourself and learn from others. These goals must be compatible with your inner values. Values are what we hold to be important atrepparttar 102115 deepest level of our being. Doing this will make them far more likely to be achieved.

5. Set a time limit for achieving them. It's important to set a deadline...but it doesn't have to be "set in concrete". Don't let something drag on for three years that could have been achieved in one year. Set short-term goals: tomorrow, next week, next month. Also set long range goals which will require vision, courage and foresight. Finally, set your ultimate goals like becoming an All Black or Springbok (these are rugby football players from New Zealand and South Africa for "ignorant Americans"- oops, sorry!), a Judge, or some grand purpose, etc.... as long as that is what you really desire. Listrepparttar 102116 steps needed or smaller goals required to be achieved onthe path to your ultimate goal. By breaking them down they will seem more attainable and once each minor goal is attained will bring you closer to theultimate goal. Listrepparttar 102117 skills, qualifications or traits you will need to achieve them. 6. Be inspired. Receive regular inspiration and enthusiasm through reading and other motivational material (like this book- PLUG, PLUG). Also helpful is frequent contact with a person or people who inspire and enthuse you. 7. Focus on your goal like a laser and go after it every day Don't be discouraged - sometimes "one step backwards comes before a leapforward". "Dare to be different to others", if that is just being "the real" YOU. Don't allowrepparttar 102118 future to act on you. Act onrepparttar 102119 future. Don't see yourself as a powerless victim of circumstances, but rather as one having many choices to take any path you CHOOSE to move your life forward. N.B.Goals should be written down and regularly reviewed.

This makes for focussing ones thoughts and COMMITMENT in seeing them through. Write each goal on a list and as you achieve it, tick it off and enter a new goal. Act immediately on your short-term goals, as only ACTION will get you there.Have balance in your dreams and be honest and realistic with yourself. A goal is either meaningful in itself or as a means to an end. More Goal Tips * Start first with your longer term goals and break them down; if you start with short term goals you will end up with more ofrepparttar 102120 same. * Focus first onrepparttar 102121 overall outcome, not how you will achieve repparttar 102122 goal or you will limit yourself. Thenrepparttar 102123 amazing power of your creative imagination (inrepparttar 102124 form of your subconscious mind) will come up withrepparttar 102125 plan on HOW to achieve your goals. The answer may come to you immediately or take a while... and then come to you in unexpected moments, like inrepparttar 102126 shower. ..* Don't be obsessive about goals- let them happen, don't force them. (I must learn that one and let "life take it's course"!). * Be flexible and be aware ofrepparttar 102127 unexpected, which may be a stepping stone to your goal in disguise. * Involve your spouse/partner hose "nearest and dearest to you" in goal setting. Shared family goals have more meaning andrepparttar 102128 commitment to achieving them is greater.


"We should all be concerned about visualisingrepparttar 102129 future, because we will have to spendrepparttar 102130 rest of our lives there."- anon Visualisation isrepparttar 102131 technique used by top sportspeople to achieve results. Successful people make things happen and use repparttar 102132 process of Goal Setting. Ask yourself whether you are a goal- setter or goal-getter? You are not as stuck down in a rut as you may think. You have far more choices than you could ever imagine.

GOALS - THE FIVE KEY QUESTIONS "The important thing is to identify what you need to do AND THEN DO IT!" * Which? What do you really want? Break down into needs and wants, e.g.. yacht, pool, new car, beach house, holiday. Also set tangible and intangible goals. * Why? If it is not planned, it doesn't happen. *When? Goals must have a time frame. Long range goals should have checkpoints and a completion date. Who? Goals involve others : # Business (the boss, manager) # Personal (wife/husband/partner) How? What isrepparttar 102133 blueprint? You can't build without plans. The reason why you must have specific goals. Don't Forget: A. Involve others. B. State goals in terms of measurable results. C. Set target dates. D. Be specific. Criteria for Setting EFFECTIVE Goals They: # Should make you enthusiastic and excite you. # Must be truly your OWN goals - meaningful to YOU only. # Must be based on real desires. # Must be consistent with your values and be purposeful. # Must be written down. # Must lift our sights, yet be realistic and attainable. # Must be specific and measurable. # Must be compatible with your other goals. # Must have a starting and completion date. # Keep written goals in front of you. # Should be dynamic, but not set in concrete.

Three Steps for Positive Goal Setting

Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

As I conduct my Time Management Seminars all over, my audiences consistently tell me they want more out of life. Almost everyone I speak with has a yearning for improving several aspects of their lives. They have dreams and goals about their future as yet unrealized.

Many come torepparttar end in life with those visions unrealized, pictures in their minds only.

Achieving goals helps us to getrepparttar 102108 "want to's in our lives. Life ought to be more than just achievingrepparttar 102109 "have to's".

I offer three important tips to help increaserepparttar 102110 probability of achieving your dreams, getting more of what you want in your life.

1. Put your goals into writing. There is something powerful about writing out what you want, getting your dream out of your head and on to a piece of paper. It then seems more realizable. It's a stonger affirmation of what you are working towards rather than having a vague, wispy notion floating around in your head.

An even stronger tool is to prepare a goal scrapbook. Nothing fancy. Get a three-ring binder and fill it with notebook paper. Then get a picture of each your goals and paste them into your new goal scrapbook. You ca go torepparttar 102111 car dealer and get a brochure ofrepparttar 102112 new car you want. Visit a travel agent and pick up brochures of your ideal vacation's destination and add that. Clip a picture of your dream house out ofrepparttar 102113 newspaper's real estate section and add this as well.

Then, each night, review your goal scrapbook and see a picture of what will surely be coming to you. It's like viewing a crystal ball and seeing your future.

2. Quantify your goals. Many do not get what they truly want in their lives because they are too vague about what they want. It is not enough to say, "I want more money" or "I want to be rich". Instead, if you write, "I want $10,000", you now have a clear target to shoot for.

3. Set a deadline. Did you ever set a New Year's resolution and never achieve it? Most people have. And most people fail to achieve their dreams because they did not include a deadline with their goal. Deadlines move us to action.

When we fail to include a deadline for our goal, when we commit to achieving it "as soon as possible",repparttar 102114 goal winds up in our "as soon as possible" pile of things I will do another day, which is probably never. Why? Because we all too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. The items that have deadlines for completion tend to bubble up in priority and importance so that we take action and achieve them.

Having written outrepparttar 102115 goal, placed a picture in our goal scrapbook, quantified it, and set a deadline, we can now break that goal down into its little component pieces so that achievement becomes realistic and manageable.

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