The 4 Steps to Successful Goal-Setting

Written by Philip E. Humbert

Successful people have always had clear, focused goals that guided them to greatness. Thomas Edison was determined to createrepparttar electric light bulb. "Lucky" Lindbergh was determined to reach Paris, and bet his life on it. Michelle Kwan had a goal to berepparttar 102111 best skater inrepparttar 102112 world. Oprah Winfrey was an abused child who determined to make life better.

Successful people always have clear goals. Great musicians, great athletes, successful salespeople and inspiring leaders know what they want in life, and they go after it. Great parents work at it. No one becomes an astronaut by accident!

And yetrepparttar 102113 great bulk of people continue to drift through life with no goals at all, or with only vague dreams, hopes and wishes. No wonder we achieve so much less than we could!

For those who don't know how to set and achieve goals, here is a powerful set of principles that have worked for thousands of my clients. They will work for you, too. I call them The 4 Steps to Successful Goal- Setting:

1. Decide what you want. Decide if you would rather have money inrepparttar 102114 bank, or that new car. Chooserepparttar 102115 life you prefer! You can't have everything in life; but you can have anything you choose, if you will focus, payrepparttar 102116 price, and pursue it with all your heart.

2. Clarify your values. Too often, people choose goals that are inconsistent with their priorities and daily behaviors. Do you value health, or comfort? Is financial independence a priority, or merely a wish? In a clash between your values and your wishes, your values will win every time. Be certain your goals are consistent with your most important values.


Written by Craig Lock

Here are my thoughts and steps on how to to "design a life" ..instead of been blown about byrepparttar winds of life (like a paper bag), orrepparttar 102110 currents, like a jelly-fish. Enough similes!

1.Findrepparttar 102111 VISION. Unless you know where you're going, you are unlikely to get there. Any place where you are is a good place to start.

Ask yourself:

What activities have you most enjoyed inrepparttar 102112 last 10 years?

What is fun? What do you treasure?

What do you most want to be doing inrepparttar 102113 next 10 years?

I'd love to write, help and hopefully even inspire others.

Which of your strengths and weaknesses are a joy to you?

What do people say you are good at?

What is special about you?

List ideally what would you be doing? Living atrepparttar 102114 beach, writing and travelling...and be financially secure, of course!

Ideally what would you want to be? A successful author was my goal.

Ask WHY do you need those things? What are those status symbols for?

Define your vision. Write it down in less than 10 words. Does it involve other people?

What do I most want to be doing? Why?

What do I most care about? Why?

What steps can I take to move me closer to doing what I really want to do with my life?

Find your niche - your unique skills?

Think about WHO will pay you to enjoy yourself. Instead of worrying about being sacked, think who will pay you to have fun?

Where do you want to work? With whom, in what sort of company? Look for a picture of your ideal environment: home, as well as work.

3. PLAN ahead carefully. Doing this reduces false starts and wrong directions. Most people spend more time planning their annual holiday than they do their "blueprint for life".

Put it all down in writing. My advice: "Think big, but start small".

The prominent American psychologist, Carl Rogers said: "The only real security isrepparttar 102115 preparedness to embrace insecurity". Berepparttar 102116 YOU you most intend to be? Take stock, review your plan and prioritize your life goals.

4. Makerepparttar 102117 COMMITMENT. Stop saying you're going to do it and actually DO IT. Put inrepparttar 102118 work and write outrepparttar 102119 cheques. This involves going pastrepparttar 102120 point of no return. Make commitments: to yourself, to your loved ones in terms of time, energy and money. Then stick to it and take full responsibility forrepparttar 102121 outcome.

5. Spell outrepparttar 102122 details ofrepparttar 102123 PLAN. Think it all through and concentrate hard. What are you going to do? How are you going to do it, step by step? What needs to be done and in what order of priority? What resources do you have at your disposal? What are your expenditure needs? Reaffirm your commitment through a personal budget. Be flexible in your thinking, as circumstances usually change...and we can't foreseerepparttar 102124 future. And most importantly, THINK BIG.

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