These three articles set the stage for this post:
- your mind,
- your interests,
- the power of choice, and
- the skills of making decisions.
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Goal-setting 201: Achieve Your Goals
Steps 1 – 4 work you through a Review of the 100-level Goal Setting instructions. (Linked above)
1. Make sure your goal fits you
What are your natural abilities and your interests?
For success in certain goals, specific physical abilities are needed. Check yourself to see if you have those necessary skills or if you can develop them.
Example: I am 5’8” tall. I do not have the physical requirements to dunk a basketball.
Disappointment is likely to be the result if you choose an unreachable goal. I know, the song says, “To reach the unreachable star, … that is my quest…”
2. Look carefully at the results of achieving the goal
What are the rewards, the income, the toys, the life-style, the prestige, time demands?
What are the responsibility commitments, the family and friends changes, the business obligations?
3. Decide, Choose
Are the work and results worth the effort and costs?
Is this the goal you can commit to?
4. Work with your Mentor
Someone who is successful in the Goal you have chosen. This will likely cost money. It will for sure cost in time, energy, commitment, and work.
But all of these actions are investments in your future. The future that is defined by the goal you set for yourself to achieve.
If it is a worthy goal, your achievement will bring other rewards that you haven’t thought of yet.
Life is always scattered with surprises.
Ownership Achieves Goals
Steps 5 – 11 create ownership of the goal you are pursuing.
5. Visualize the Goal
Cut out photos and other reminders of the rewards at the top of your goal. Place them around your living and work areas.
6. Verbalize the Goal
When you look at the visual reminders of the rewards, speak your decision and your right to the prizes. Talk with your friends and family about your goal. This solidifies its place in your mind and life.
7. Affirm your Decision
Remind yourself and others that the decision you made is Good, Worthy, Important. That it is leading you to your goal. Proclaim it while you work to attain it.
8. Become a Mentor
Find someone with the same or a similar goal and share what you are learning.
9. Plan a Mission Accomplished Celebration
Don’t wait until the goal is reached to plan how you will celebrate the achievement. Get a notebook and make the details specific and elaborate. Create an Invitation List. Include unlikely people, like the President. You can invite him/her, and might be surprised.
10. Throw a party
When your goal is achieved, use the plans you have already. Hire a Party Coordinator, deliver your detailed plans, and let someone else do the work of making it happen.
11. Give Back
Be a conduit for giving to others. This can begin while you are pursuing your goal. The more you give, the more room you have for receiving.
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Accidents of good fortune do happen occasionally, without effort on the part of the recipient.
But, by putting these 11 steps into action in your life, you eliminate the disappointment that comes later in life when your fairy godmother doesn’t twang you with a surprise reward for doing nothing.
Look back over the 11 steps. Acknowledge that you can do each of them. You are able.
Just one more thing is needed:
Take the first step toward identifying and achieving your goal.
Delay destroys determination.
Be determined to achieve success.
Put in the effort!
Receive the rewards!
No fairy-godmother-twanging necessary.
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