Setting personal goals and achieving them is not a hard kept secret of the high achievers.
It has been confirmed over and over again by the highest achievers (the outliers) in their field that all great achievements without exception starts and begins as a personal goal. Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, John Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Phelps and all those achievers that you know have one common thread, they set personal development goals and they do everything to make them happen.
But if success is as simple as goal setting and goal achieving, why is success difficult?
Why do only few people achieve what they set and intend to do?
Do these highly successful people and high achievers know something about personal goal development that the average ordinary person do not know?
The answer is Yes and No.
Ask those who are great achievers and ask them of their secret to success. You will find out that most of them are naturals. Success for them is so simple. Set goals, make it happen and then it happens. It is that simple. The dynamics of personal goal planning for them is so smooth that they they just know what goals to set, what works and what doesn’t, what goals to change and adjust and how to make them happen. It is just as simple as that. And in fact, that is how it works for them.
But for the non-naturals and for most people, success seems to be a bit more complicated. You set goals, but then you have lots of questions. How do you keep yourself motivated? How do you know you set the right personal goals? How do you know when to end and give up? How do you make sure that your goals are possible and the obstacles are surmountable?
So today we will attempt to decipher how these successful people do their personal goal setting sessions and how they end up with outstanding results.
We will attempt to step on their shoes and do what seems to be natural for them.
Setting and Achieving of Personal Goals – The Successful Way
Step 1: Commit Your Personal Goals on Paper
The first step to achieve your personal goals is to have one.And although goals start and begin in the mind, it should not stay there. Its real place to be effective is to be written down on the piece of paper. And its best place is to be pasted on the wall of a refrigerator or a dream board.
Why does this work?
There is such thing as inertia. The hardest time to move something is when it is at rest. And the hardest time to make personal changes (like goals) is at the very beginning. Therefore, in order for a change to be doable, it should be divided into doable little steps.
The first step of starting a change in one’s life is to use the fingers to write down goals.
Writing signals to the brain that you are indeed serious about the goal you have set and want to achieved. This simple act of writing down your goals is like taking the first step towards the journey to a thousand step. It breaks inertia and it starts your momentum to make necessary actions.
Aside from breaking inertia, written goals are like written blueprint of your future. Have you seen a house build without written plan?
And your future is more important than a house. Don’t leave these things to memory. Unwritten goals are harder to accomplish.
If you have never tried it, try it now.
Before reading any further, I urge you to get a pencil and start writing down your personal goals.
Skeptical? Just try it. Read it daily for 6 months. You will be amazed how easy it is to achieve goals.
Step 2: Break it Down
Select one personal goal that would create significant change in your life. Just one out of the many.
Since you are attempting to make real changes (and it would not be easy), it would be best to focus all your resources, time and talents on just one goal. It should be the most important.
Then break that goal into daily tasks.
This is the secret weapon to achieve goals. This is where the rubber meets the road. Transforming your goal into daily tasks is simple yet very effective activity to make it happen.
If goal is the destination, the step-by-step action items are the detailed travel plans. The important thing is to breakdown your goals into specific daily task. Ask if you need to. Do research if necessary.
For example, You want to publish a book? Maybe you can write a page per day as a daily tasks. So by the end of the year, you now have a 365-page book.
Step 3: Commit Your Daily Tasks to Your Calendar – then do the 30-minute habit
When Josiah, the coaching staff of Jack Canfield, interviewed me before I enroll on the coaching program, he asked me if I can commit 30 minutes daily to do my action list.
Well, I’ve been doing it since then.I got a copy of my daily tasks and then I commit at least 30 minutes daily to do them.
These 30 minutes will serve as your investment for your future. Do it daily without fail – no exceptions, no excuses – whether it rains or shine.
The best way to know if you are committed to a certain goal is to check if you are devoting and blocking off some time to work for it.
If you don’t allot at least 30 minutes of your time on your primary personal goal, I’ll bet it will never happen (regardless of how much talent you have and how much visualization you do).
The only way for this goal to happen is to make it happen by acting. No 30 minutes, no action, then no accomplishment.
Step 4: Commit Your Personal Goals to Regular Evaluation and Adjustment
Be precise in your personal target and personal goals but be flexible in how you attain it. The best way to check if you are doing the right thing is to measure your progress. Remember that whatever is measured grow.
Are you going closer to your goals or not?
If you want to trim down, you can do a daily tallying of your weight.
If your goal is to increase your business sales, monitor the weekly revenue as you implement your marketing efforts.
If your goal is to become financially independent, you need to count your net worth and check your bank account regularly.
I have this battle cry… “An inch of progress, not perfection”.
And if the progress is slow? Keep pushing. Don’t be discouraged. Success needs reasonable time to happen. Better to move an inch a day to your destination that to keep in your current place.
But there is more…
If you are seeing no improvement after a significant effort and time, then you might need to change and adjust your strategy. You might be banging your head in an immovable wall.
Again fix your dreams but be flexible in your means of attaining that personal goal.
If the result is not favorable, modify your method. If it is not working, adjust. Learn to get feedback. Feedback is the breakfast of champions.
Step 5: Commit Yourself to Celebrate Both Small and Big Victories
The best things in life are free. Take time to pause and celebrate victories. Life is what happens when you are busy pursuing something. Crash out from your goal list every time to achieve a milestone and experience an exhilarating joy. Take time to enjoy and share your joy when you have achieved both minor and major goals.
How do I celebrate?
My wife and I go to a vacation. I buy myself a new book. I go and get a massage. I celebrate in prayer and thanksgiving.
Keep your goal list updated. Track your accomplished goals. You will find out that the more you accomplished things, the more you gain momentum and the more excited are you to set for bigger goals.
But remember that life is not just about accomplishments but moments.
Step 6: Commit Yourself to Lifetime Goals Setting and Goal Achievement Process
Success is not a sprint but a marathon.
Success and goal setting is a lifetime activity.
Every time I accomplished a goal, I replace it with another one. I replace it with more challenging, bigger and more exciting goals. I keep adding on my goal list. My goal list is constantly updated.
Step 7: Don’t lose the big picture
In the end, it is not about the goals.
It is about the personal growth that you experience as you accomplish more things. It is about the learning and the wisdom we learn in the process.
It is about enjoying the fruits of your hard earn and honest labor. It is about the joy of realizing that we are living a life of endless possibilities. And God has placed in out hands the ability and the capacity to shape and plan our life.
Internet Marketing Manifesto March 2012 Useful Insights for Online Entrepreneurs – simplist
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