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Goals Worth Achieving

Lets be realistic - there are good and poor choices in establishing goals
       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.

Goals require deliberate effort to achieve.
       How do we achieve the goals that are worth achieving?

       Start by listing the many activities, ideas, 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 effort!

       The question is "Do I have the time, energy, and resources to attempt everything on my list?" Ask yourself the following questions:

  • 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?

What are bench marks?
        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 major success.

        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.

        A common 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 long run.

       Sometimes circumstances and people change causing goals lose their importance. It is a good idea to re-examine your 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. These individuals 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 list of 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 your goals -
     There are 5 steps that can help anyone reach any goal:

  • Have a burning desire: In order to reach any goal you want you must first develop a burning desire. Discovering what your burning desire 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. Persistence 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 your goals.
  • 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 failure 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.

Recommended Reading:

  • 8 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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