Keep Reaching for Your Goals
Everyone should have goals they are striving to reach.
Now you might say that sounds like some motivational speech stuff :-)
Well actually it is but no apology necessary.
The greatest book of all time, the Bible, puts it this way, “ Where there is no vision, the people perish….” Prov 29:18
Now when you think about it, setting a goal or a vision for accomplishing something is fundamental to the human experience.
The great thing about goal setting is that there are many kinds and types just as there are people.
Consequently a goal could be something as elementary and powerful as a husband and wife wanting to have a baby. Then again it may be more strategic and tactical like becoming a senior partner in a law firm or any thousands of things in between.
Although there are many approaches to reaching goals I would like to share a method with you that is not only simple but also very effective in helping you to reach and achieve your goals.
Decide what you want - The first and critical step is to focus on making a quality decision. This should be something that you’ve determined is worthwhile, measurable and specific.
In relation to these prerequisites the idea is that of being valuable to you or others, quantifiable and time sensitive. An example of this would be someone saying " In order to improve my health I want to lose 30 lbs by the end of the year ".
Determine what you are willing to give up – It’s time for an honest evaluation and conclusion of what things are necessary to exchange in order to get what we want. Quite frankly, these consist of being willing to eliminate habits or behaviors that distract you from your quality decision.
The significance here is knowing what thing or things you’ll be willing to give up in order to get what you really want.
Design a plan and work the plan – Whether you want to return to school and get a degree in accounting or stop smoking after many years you’ll need a blueprint to keep you moving in the right direction.
This can be as simple as taking the time to analyze the desired end results and writing down steps in numerical order from start to finish.
If this is not possible, you may need to consult with an authority regarding your vision. This could be consulting with a subject matter expert or a respected leader in the field. This may take place in person, or from resource materials they have available in a book, audio, DVD or online format.
Associate with the right people – This can be your family, friends, co-workers or an acquaintance. On the other hand it may need to be a set of new interactions with people whom you especially associate or hang around together with in order to specifically assist you with your goal. The concept is don’t be a “ lone wolf “ or waist time and energy trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel.
Understand the wisdom of applying yourself in focusing on your quality decision, getting rid of any distractions, putting together a plan and your right associations. All these things will play an important part in empowering you to reach for your goal.
Of course this little system may not solve every challenge or guarantee you'll reach all your goals. However I'm certain it will be a positive help toward that end if you'll give it an honest effort.
Have fun and StayPos!
- How to make a plan to achieve your goals
How to plan and achieve goals to help you make progress in your life. Updated Nov 2011.