Personal Goal Setting
By James Manktelow and Kellie Fowler
You don't have to be a professional athlete or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to set goals. Instead,
what you do have to be is an individual who desires success be it in your career, within your family,
or perhaps with your personal finances.
Goal setting is simply an organized personal planning process. It is a reliable method for identifying
what you want to achieve - whether in the long- or short-term, and whether in your personal life or your
professional career. And the process of setting goals gives you the laser-sharp focus you need to achieve
real and lasting success.
So, to start setting goals, perhaps the first step should be to simply take some time to decide what
direction you want your life to take.
From there, goal setting keeps you focused on your chosen direction and can act as a reference point any
time you feel you have strayed from your determined path. In this capacity, goal setting offers yet
another benefit, which is to help you more accurately identify the distractions that are serving as road
blocks on your path to success and happiness.
Perhaps one of the most immediate effects of goal setting is the gratification you feel when you set a
goal, stick to a plan, and achieve it. You only have to do this once to know that the fulfillment and
pleasure you derive from achieving your goals is a strong catalyst for returning to, and relying on,
strong goal-setting techniques and methods again and again.
And, once you start setting goals and meeting them, you will quickly notice an improvement in your
confidence level, which will have a positive impact on every area of your life. In working to achieve
your goals, you will also soon have a better understanding of your strengths, while simultaneously
developing a stronger sense of accomplishment, one that grows with every single goal achieved. Now,
talk about a great return on your investment!
To effectively set goals, you must first understand that the process actually takes place on a variety
of levels. It is best to start with the bigger picture here, or your life-long goals. These goals are
then broken up into smaller goals, which, of course, represent your day-to-day goals (and act as
stepping stones on the path to life-long goal achievement, or success). These smaller goals oftentimes
can be broken down even further, in an effort to provide you with all the steps you need to take to
achieve your goals both immediately and in the future.
Once you start this process (and stick to it) it wont take long for you to see the results, which
include being able to break down even the most complex life goals into stepping stones that you can
tackle every day, until you reach the bigger picture, or have achieved your lifetime goals.
And, once you have set the large, lifetime goals, you may find that the process becomes even easier
(and more beneficial) if you break down the goals into specific categories. For instance, you may want
to take a piece of paper and write on it various columns with headers such as career, financial, family,
etc. Then, take a minute to organize your lifetime goals accordingly.
Thankfully, there is a great deal of information and a full array of resources that you can rely on as
you work to set and achieve your goals, including tips, techniques and the methods used by some of the
most successful people in the world who, just like you, started out by obtaining some useful information
and then moved forward with a list that helped propel them to high levels of success and happiness.
Just like you can, these people simply decided what they wanted to achieve and took the time to start
the process by setting the goals needed to achieve their overall plan a process that has created some
of the worlds most successful business people, most celebrated athletes and most recognized public figures.
By James Manktelow and Kellie Fowler of http://www.mindtools.com. You can find a simple process for
setting goals at http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html.
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