Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Setting Meaningful Goals For The New Year

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in ...
Albert Einstein in 1921 (age 42) (Wikipedia)
by Richard Brody

Every year, the same thing happens for most people.

We look back on what went right and what might not have, and many of us set goals, make resolutions, and look forward positively towards a better, greater year.

Unfortunately, for many, when that year ends, they simply repeat the same exercise, and end up with the same results.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing and expecting different results, yet many sane people do precisely that when it comes to New Year's goals.

While it is important for us to have goals to aim for, unless those goals are meaningful, and unless we simultaneously create an action plan, and set forth to attain them, the setting of goals may become little more than a meaningless exercise.

In order for our goals to be meaningful, they must have a special meaning and/ or value to us personally. True goals motivate us to do more, be better, achieve at a higher level, care more, and be better people.

1. A meaningful goal begins with the actual goal itself. It must be personal in nature, and stated as an affirmation, in the positive, present and active state. It must be something that we, as individuals, care deeply about, and/ or impact us in a significant and relevant manner.

Each person has somewhat different goals, because a meaningful goal must be stated in specific and not general terms. True goals must lead to an action plan, that an individual commits to, and actually does follow.

When one sets a goal that impacts him personally in an important way, and sets out to achieve it by doing the work and effort required, he sets off on a path to become closer to meeting his potential. In addition, through this procedure, individuals often discuss that their potential is far greater than they ever considered or realized.

2. Goals without a plan, and a plan without taking action, and taking action without effort and effective, well conceived planning, is like the difference between someone who speaks with integrity, and someone who simply uses a rhetorical exercise.

Some people simply make New Year's resolutions in order to make themselves feel better or to do what others do, often lacking the sincerity or even the gravitas needed to do something meaningful for themselves.

Become greater every year by introspectively examining your strengths and weaknesses, analyzing decisions made, opportunities taken advantage of as well as those missed, and set personally meaningful goals. By doing this, you will exceed the potential you previously considered your limit, and actually become as good as you can be.

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years.

Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website http://plan2lead.net and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook http://facebook.com/Plan2lead

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