Goals Worth Achieving
Lets be realistic - there are
good and poor choices in establishing goals
Goals require deliberate effort to
It is possible to
create goals that
vary in what we set out to achieve/accomplish. If we are realistic,
many are truely are not goals, but tasks. In some individuals, their
goals are so lofty that they consist more of fantasy than reality.
How do we achieve the goals that
are worth achieving?
Start by listing the many
actions in your life. Besides each write “Must
do” or “When
I have the time”.
The must do’s items should be the
one's that you are really passionate about. These should receive your priority attention.
They should provide you with the greatest satisfaction and represent
your greatest achievement. These goals are worth the
The question is "Do I
have the time, energy, and resources to attempt everything on my list?"
Ask yourself the following questions:
What are bench marks?
What would achieving the goal truly represent?
Will there be an exciting
moment when I achieve this goal that immediately begins to fade?
What is the real value
I have accomplished in achieving this goal?
Will all of the time and effort be worth
achieving this goal?
Bench marks are modest and
achievable performance/skill goals that can be accomplished as short
term goals. Benchmarks
influence our thoughts and actions by incentivizing/motivating us. They
propel us forward.
Short term or long term
bench marks should have:
Meaning is all powerful term that varies
from person to
person; however, it's something that is “deep” within and provides a
purpose or value to an individual. This inter force or belief
will see you through the times when you feel low and discouraged.
Excitement - If it isn't fun what do
something for weeks, months, or even years that makes you unhappy. If
something is going to be a
big part of your life, your deserve to be happy and enjoy the process.
Value - It has to be worth your
investment of time and effort on a personal level for yourself.
Rewarding - Each goal that we
achieve should be like a building block, each one stacked
upon the other sends you upward where the view is worth the effort and
can be savored.
Establish Life Goals
Far too many people have not
figured out what they want to do with their life even after graduating
from high school or college. Unfortunately they live an average life,
without achieving any
Not everyone is
driven make the sacrifices to be a millionaire, or has an idea or the
talent to invent a new technology like the computer. It takes a special
person who is willing to completely
change his/her life to achieve great success.
characteristic of a highly successful person is that they are
intensely goal-oriented. Successful people know where they
want to go in life, and they have a clear plan to get there. Their
"destination" consists of a list
of goals and their "pathway for success plan" is focuses on those goals.
Goals for success should
include healthy living and a concern for physical fitness. It is
extremely important to have a center of friends and family that not
involved in your work life. Taking time for yourself may take
rearranging your work schedule to have evenings, weekends and holidays
off. Take at least
two weeks of vacation annually to refresh/energize/nourish yourself.
Don't take your work with you. The world will continue if you are not
tethered to a iPad. While this time may seem unproductive
to some, it will result in a healthier and more productive life in the
Sometimes circumstances and
people change causing goals lose their importance. It is a good idea to
goals regularly and delete the ones that are no longer relevant.
There’s a huge difference between setting a goal and actually taking
actions to achieve it.
Are you willing to do the things
you need to do to achieve your goals? Are you willing to
tweak your goals somewhat to increase the probability of success?
Successful people achieve their goals because of what they do, not
because of who they are.
Busy individuals are constantly
juggling multiple goals. However, they seem to have an innate ability
to observe opportunities and act on them while other simply fail to
notice them. Achieving a goal can be as easy as grabbing a hold of
these opportunities before they slip through your fingers.
Studies show that becoming more
observant helps your brain to detect
and seize the opportunity to act increases the chances of
success by roughly 300%. Setting a goal requires a lot of positive
thinking about how to achieve it. Believing in your
ability to succeed is enormously helpful for creating and sustaining
your motivation. However, don't underestimate how difficult
it will be to reach your goal. Most goals worth achieving require time,
planning, effort, and persistence.
Achieving any goal also requires
honest and regular assessment of your
progress by others and by yourself. If you don't have a realist idea of
how well you are doing, you can't adjust your behavior or your
strategies accordingly. Monitor your progress frequently.
Establishing Goals Allows
Progress to be Measured
It may seem to be easier to go
through life without
setting any goals. Many people struggle and
procrastinate about the idea of setting goals for themselves.
also tend to resent others who attempt to suggest it is a character
flaw to not
be able to define and outline the purpose they are destine to fill in
life. For other individuals part of the struggle is to figure out who
they are that complicates the problem of setting goals.
Like new years resolutions, a
goals is just a
departure point that must be combine with a
firm decision to stick to them. Unless you pledge firmly to not forget
about them and stay the course until you actually achieve them.
The people who have goals seem to be
consistently the "go to people" who
make an impact on others. They establish goals and don't
lose sight of their goals until they have achieved them.
Steps to help reach
There are 5 steps that can help
- Have a burning desire: In
order to reach any goal you want you
must first develop a burning desire. Discovering what your burning
is becomes the first step towards striving to reach
any goal you desire.
- Acquire knowledge and
missing skills: The next
step to achieve any goal is to find out the missing skills that
you need in order to reach that goal and then acquire the skills.
- Adjust your beliefs:
A very important step in achieving any goal is to adjust
your beliefs surrounding what represents success. It is necessary
to understand that success doesn't happen overnight and that multiple
tries may be necessary as part of the process required to succeed.
and Patience are two very important traits for achieving
any goal you want to aspire to.
- Modify your actions:
The next to last and extremely
important step, is to modify, adjust, or revise your methods after an
unsuccessful attempt. Try to avoid using the term "failing". Each
time you experience negative feedback, use this as an opportunity
adjust your actions to fix what didn't go well and try once
again. Don't expect on achieving you goal on the first attempt.
Successful people keep trying
until something works. However, following the same game plan that just
had negative results insures
that you keep repeating the same
old mistakes. That's why adjusting your actions is crucial for reaching
- Know what failure is
and learn how to get past it:
Since success is all about trial and error the final step to be able to
reach any goal you want involves learning how to accept
and how to keep going even if you are facing numerous rejections. Some
people who have the potential to succeed, never manage to do it because
they stop trying after few failures.
Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals Setting goals is easy but
achieving them is not. SMART goals specific, measurable, achievable,
realistic and timely is the first step in making your goal a reality.
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