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Monday, January 14, 2008

Setting goals

Setting goals:

If we don't set any goals for your life, how are we going to make progress in the direction you want to go ? I have spoken to a lot of friends and colleagues and the successful ones are those who have set goals and strategies to achieve them, these range from financial goals, to personal relationship goals, or even just I am going on a vacation this year. I ask my self the questions, am I doing the same things in my life now as I was last year ? am I doing the things I wanted to be doing now ? if not what went wrong ?I then assess what do I want to be doing in my life and then plan how do I get there. I find writing these things down make them more solid, and posting them somewhere public/ online if you can, strengthens that even further. Share them with one or two close friends, this helps to validate your goals, and it may even allow them to support you in achieving them.

Short Article By Graeme Nichol of Arcturus Advisors. Please visit their website at http://www.arcturusadvisors.com/. Arcturus Advisors works with businesses to implement their strategies. - Navigating Business Success -

Setting Your Personal Goals
In one of my recent articles I wrote about Personal Strategic Plans. I have had many responses to this simple article I thought I'd follow it up with some more thoughts.
In my conversations with hundreds of top business people over the years, I have found that they all have one thing in common. They have taken the time to sit down and create a clear blueprint for themselves and their future lives. So many have said that they started the process of goal setting and personal strategic planning with more than a little skepticism. As their success have increased so too has every one of them has become a true believer in the process. Everyone has a process. It's not a hit and miss sit down and throw out a few nice sounding goals!
Every one has been amazed at the incredible power of goal setting and strategic planning. Every one of them has accomplished far more than they ever believed possible and they ascribe their success to the deliberate process of thinking through every aspect of their work and their lives, their successes and struggles, their motivators, values and beliefs, and then developing a detailed, written road map to get them to where they wanted to go.
It's not that hard to believe and so many people don't do it because they don't have any idea on what to do and how to go about developing goals.
Best Year Yet Program
A few years back I needed a process for a client I was working with both for his team and for their personal strategic plans. I discovered a program called Best Year Yet and have since brought it into my business.
Learn how 10 simple questions can provide you with the most important strategies and techniques ever discovered to help you accomplish more of your goals, faster than you ever have before. The amazing thing is that you have the answers, and these questions will bring them out.
The Definition of Happiness
Happiness has been defined as, "The progressive achievement of a worthy ideal, or goal." When you are working progressively, step-by-step toward something that is important to you, you generate within yourself a continuous feeling of success and achievement.
You feel more positive and motivated. You feel more in control of your own life. You feel happier and more fulfilled. You feel like a winner, and you soon develop the psychological momentum that enables you to overcome obstacles and plough through adversity as you move toward achieving the goals that are most important to you.
Determine Your Values
Personal strategic planning begins with your determining what it is you believe in and stand for--your values. Your values lie at the very core of everything you are as a human being. Your values are the unifying principles and core beliefs of your personality and your character. The virtues and qualities that you stand for are what constitute the person you have become from the beginning of your life to this moment.
Your values, virtues and inner beliefs are the axle around which the wheel of your life turns. All improvement in your life begins with you clarifying your true values and then committing yourself to live consistent with them.
Fuzzy or Clear?
Successful people are successful because they are very clear about their values. Unsuccessful people are fuzzy or unsure. Complete failures have no real values at all.
When you take the time to think through your fundamental values, and then commit yourself to living your life consistent with them, you feel a surge of mental strength and well-being. You feel stronger and more capable. You feel more centered in the universe and more competent of accomplishing the goals you set for yourself.
Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.
First, decide for yourself what roles you have in your life and then organize your life around them. Pick one to highlight this coming year, for even greater success. Write down your goals around these roles and make plans to achieve them. Have fun.
Second, begin with your values by deciding what it is you stand for and believe in. Commit yourself to live consistent with your inner most convictions -- and you'll never make another mistake.



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