MORE ON GOALSETTING and GOAL ACHIEVING: The technique of Visualisation

Written by Craig Lock

As I mentioned in Part One in controlling our thoughts and attitudes, visualisation is a great help in setting your personal goals. Use it as a tool, be persistent, like a yappy dog biting at your ankles and you'll get there inrepparttar end. (That's a simile, BTW).

American John Kehoe has written extensively on this subject in various works. He isrepparttar 102023 one who hibernated in repparttar 102024 woods of Canada or Alaska for five years contemplating repparttar 102025 mind and talking torepparttar 102026 trees, like Bonnie Prince Charlie talking torepparttar 102027 plants! I should have been a lumberjack instead of a writer; but then I can't imagine myself floating down a swollen river and balancing on a log!

I too am writing in virtual hibernation. Perhaps it's good for writing by forcing one to focus. Anyway,repparttar 102028 creative juices seem to flow well here in Gisborne, New Zealand. (Incidentally,repparttar 102029 country has produced some great Kiwi writers).

Some more on VISUALISATION...

Work out what your goal is. What you want to become? What sort of person do you want to be? Picture what changes you want to make in yourself and in your life...for repparttar 102030 better, of course.

Set stepping stones (or sub-goals) as sign posts along repparttar 102031 way. To guide you and ensure that you stay on track. They can be your short-term or medium term goals, say one month to one year. The marathon runner doesn't think ofrepparttar 102032 finish line , but,repparttar 102033 lamp post inrepparttar 102034 distance...orrepparttar 102035 next drink spot. Thinking ofrepparttar 102036 big picture often seems impossible, so it can be very discouraging. Take small steps... and one at a time. You can get get loads of satisfaction from taking one step at a time. Attaining sub goals can help you with a more immediate focus and it rewards you alongrepparttar 102037 way in your pursuit ofrepparttar 102038 grand plan. Make daily affirmations to yourself to keep yourself positive and focussed onrepparttar 102039 way ahead. (Remember, affirmations and self talk from Chapter Five). Have written goal checks to ensure that you are on track - onrepparttar 102040 right path. These are a good aid in reassessing your performance and how well you are doing on your chosen path. I've gone so far down my track, if it'srepparttar 102041 wrong one it's a bit late to turn back. I'll just visitrepparttar 102042 soup kitchens! "What a stuff up"! Seriously (for a change) though, it's never too late to change direction; look at South Africa and apartheid,repparttar 102043 fall of Communism, Yugoslavia, Israel and Palestine... Set priorities. It is important to have flexible goals; they are not set in concrete and can be changed as you change and develop. Remember changing goals in mid stream doesn't mean losing ground (or "the plot"). As long as you grow personally, you are makingrepparttar 102044 most of yourself.


1. Set big goals

2. Make long range goals

3. Make short term and daily goals

4. Goals should be specific

5. Goals should be realistic

6. Luck is not involved in achieving goals

7. Don't make goals to please someone else - they are for you alone.

It's your life and no one else can live it for you. Listen to your parent's advice; but young adults, you makerepparttar 102045 decision aboutrepparttar 102046 career you want. Not knowing what I wanted to do after finishing school (and then university), I followed my father into insurance, not thinking that I would have to spend half my working/waking life in that occupation, "dumbo"!


Written by Craig Lock


1. Telephone Interruptions 2. Drop-in Visitors 3. Meetings 4. Crisis Management 5. Lack of Objectives, Priorities a Daily plan 6. Cluttered Desk, Personal Disorganization. 7. Ineffective Delegation 8. Attempting too Much at Once 9. Lack of Clear Communication 10. Inadequate, Inaccurate Delayed Information 11. Indecision and Procrastination 12. Confused Responsibility and Authority. 13. Inability to Say "No". 14. Leaving Tasks Unfinished 15. Lack of Self-Discipline


1. Planning (lack of).

2. Priorities (lack of)

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