Using Goals to Set Your Target
“Goals are not only absolutely
necessary to motivate us, they are
essentially to really keep us alive.”
Congratulations for making it to Day 2 of this 7 Part Series. Please make sure you have your notes from our previous lesson handy as you work through this next part.
Goal Setting and Goal Achieving is ultimately what characterizes the true winners in life. Unfortunately for some people, they have wonderful and exciting ideas for their life but it rarely goes further than the idea phase.
Having a Goal allows ANYONE to take an idea from the invisible plane of thought and begin the process of actualizing it in the real world.
In this lesson, we are going to focus on the process of goal setting. The subsequent lessons will help you with the actualization process of goal achieving.
So, how do you determine what your goals should be?
The easiest way to get going is to think about all of the various areas of your life where you place importance on improving your results. As an example, the most important areas of my life that I focus on for goal setting include Financial, Career, Family, Health/Fitness, Recreation/Free Time. There are no rules or restrictions when it comes to defining your own personal categories. The important part of the lesson is to look within and determine the areas of your life that you would like to focus on improving.
Note: You may already be very successful in a particular area of your life. This does NOT mean that you ignore goal setting here. In fact, it is just as important to focus on your goals in this area so that you move your mind into a mode of ‘constant improvement’. There is ALWAYS room to grow! By universal law, if you are not growing and expanding, then you are fading away and dying. Choose NOW to always be moving in the direction of expansion
and fuller expression.
Goals are very much like a destination on the roadmap of your life. You are in charge of the direction you travel at ALL times. People with goals generally accomplish great things because they know where they are going.
An alarming observation is that according to recent statistics, fewer than 5% of the population have written goals for their life. This means that over 95% of the people are moving through life without a clear direction. So the obvious question for these folks is, “if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?”
By completing this lesson, you automatically move yourself into the top 5% of high achievers. On that note, let’s proceed with the exercises:
Part 2 – Exercises
1. Based on your responses from Lesson 1, take your passions and WANTS and list out at least 5 Short Term Goals for your life. Short term goals are goals that you would like to reach within 3-6 months. You may want to set a goal for specific areas of your life. For example Financial, Business/Career, Health/Fitness, Relationship, Recreation, Charity, Spiritual, etc…
2. Determine 2 or 3 Long Term Goals for your life. These are goals that will take 2 years or longer to achieve. Some of your current short term goals may be stepping stones to these long term goals. For example, you may be a novice runner but would like to qualify for the Boston Marathon. This could be a perfect Long Term fitness goal for you!
3. Create a No Limit Goal for your life. This is a goal that may seem completely unreasonable or unrealistic based on your current capabilities or knowledge. But it is a dream goal that could define your entire life. Your job is to write this goal down and start brainstorming ALL of the ways you might be able to make this goal a reality.
Once you have your Goals exercises completed, take your most important goals and write them on a blank business card, cue card or some other small card that you can carry with you at all times. Use this card to remind yourself what you intend to achieve.
Congratulations! You are now a Goal Setter. We will talk about how you can begin to achieve those goals in the next part.
You are now ready to move on to Part 3!