Goals? What Goals……….

Setting Goals

Goals

 

Alice to the Cat:  “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go

from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Said the Cat 

“I don’t much care where,” said Alice “Then it doesn’t matter which

way you go,” said the Cat.   - Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland

Research shows that 97% of people are walking the same path as

Alice, i.e., they have not set any goals. Among the reasons are fear,

lack of encouragement, and lack of know-how.  But if we set goals,

there is a lot to offer because goals draw out the best in us and show

us the right path. They increase our self-confidence and improve our

image.  

 

Why do you suppose that so many people never achieve their goals in

life? The answer, unfortunately, is that they never set them. It’s so

true to the extent that only one in five Americans reach the age of 65

without having to depend on Social Security, and that includes people

in supposedly high-paying professions like doctors and lawyers. 

Most people don’t plan for the future at all. They work during the

week and spend what they earned on the weekends. They waste their

money, energy and time.

 

Did you know that once you set a target or goal, our minds become an

automatic system that monitors feedback regarding the target? I can

remember many times during my lifetime of finding old goals that

had been written down and then left in a drawer without ever looking

at them again. I was surprised each time when I had found them just

how many goals I had accomplished over the time since I had written

them.

According to Dr. Maxwell Maltz in Psycho Cybernetics, once you set a

goal, your mind adjusts your course depending on any new data it

gets. It makes corrections so that you can stay on target. The more

specific the gola is, the better the corrections are. Furthermore, our

brains can’t tell the difference between an event that really took place

and one that was vividly imagined.

 

Goal Setting

 

So, if you clearly and firmly set a goal, to your brain it is as if the goal

has already been achieved. Take the time now to write a goal

statement. Write it in the first person, using pronouns like “I,” “my,”

“mine,” and“me.” Keep your goal statements short and to the point.

Be emphatic. Be positive. For instance, "I am raising my self-esteem

with positive statements and positive actions today."

 

Remember, the more specific you make your goals, the better  your chance to achieve them. These techniques may be helpful to you:

  • Set short range goals that will build toward your long-range

           goals.

  • Start with short time periods, such as a week or a month and 

          then build your long-term goals for six months, one year, or five

          years. When you use a specific timeframe, it helps you measure

your success.

  • Set goals that inspire you, but that are also realistic and

          achievable.

  • Set a series of goals so that you are going step-by-step. That

          way, it easier to adjust them as needed. Along the way. It also

          inspires confidence in you as you keep reaching your goals.

  • Share your goals with an individual or group who might have

         similar goals. It's great reinforcement.

  • Celebrate achievement of your goals with rewards. It could be a

           small reward at each step along the way or a bigger reward like

          a trip or a dinner when you've achieved milestones.

  • Keep your goals somewhere where you can access them easily.
  • Don't write them and put them away somewhere since out of

          sight usually means out of mind

  • Guard your goals. Don't share them with negative people who

          probably won't encourage you. Share them with positive people

          who wish you well.

 

Now that you know what a powerful tool goal setting is, why don't

you start making use of it today? It doesn’t matter if you are 10 years

old or ten times that – it’s never too late to start. It's a powerful but

easy way to help you achieve the success you want.