Monday, November 5, 2012

Goals Are the Stepping Stones to Your Success

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by Daniel M Hamilton

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be successful at whatever they turn their hand to?

It will inevitably have a lot to do with setting goals. If you really want to be successful in achieving your goals, you need to take some time out before you set your goals and focus on the vision you have for your own life. Goals require vision.

The dictionary has several definitions of the word 'vision', namely, the ability to think about the future with imagination or wisdom, a mental image of what the future will or could be like and an experience of seeing something in a dream or trance like state.

As we all have the ability to dream, we accordingly have the ability to create a vision. That really is the easy part, so what is it that you want to achieve?

As the late, great Sir Peter Blake once famously said, "Having vision is not enough. Change comes through realising the vision and turning it into reality". That is by far the hardest part. Unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all' answer as far as goal setting and achieving goes as we are all so different, and what works for one, will not necessarily work for another.

Another important aspect of setting your goals is defining and acknowledging your personal values. These are the criteria we all use to judge opportunities, examine our options and to weigh the alternatives. Identifying our own values helps us to determine our desired goals.

Don't procrastinate. By making the right decision that is aligned to your values you will have the courage to face your doubters. Your gut feeling will always let you know when the correct decision has been made or not.

Having both created your vision and set your goals, the next step is to work towards attaining these goals. A lot of what you need to do is just pure hard work. Having a vision and setting a goal is only the very beginning of your commitment. If you want something badly enough you will work really, really hard to achieve it, as long as you are committed.

If it helps, set and achieve your goals in increments, week by week, month by month - that will work if you have a workable plan. First step? Write your goals down, there's no harm in that now is there?

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