Oh no, not another article on goal setting!
'There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of
purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it.' -
Napoleon Hill (author of the classic book, 'Think and Grow Rich')
'Nothing happens, no forward steps are taken until a goal is established.' -
David J. Schwarz (author of 'The Magic of Thinking Big '- an excellent book by
' Your life is controlled by your thoughts. Your thoughts are controlled by your
goals.' - Earl Nightingale
' When we have no personal goal which we are interested in, and which means
something to us, we are apt to go round in circles.' - psychologist Maxwell
'The key to peak performance is not potential or skill, but motivation and
dedication....having clear performance goals and putting in the training effort
to achieve them.' - Dr Sven Hansen '
I would like to repeat the critical importance of committing your plan to
writing. It cannot be over-emphasized!' - Paul J. Meyer of Success Motivation
'Learn how to set your goals: a. Write down your goals b. Give yourself a
deadline c. Set your standards high.' - Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone
UNDERSTANDING GOALS Setting goals is the first step towards ACTION. They
get you into motion. The energy of motivation should be harnessed by being
transformed into clear goals and a clear PLAN to achieve them. Goals are dreams
which come true ...and they are far easier to achieve once they are focused.
Goals therefore help to fulfill one's PURPOSE in life by giving expression to
your core inner values, the 'real YOU'. Psychologists have found that helping
people to develop personal goals has proved to be the most effective way to help
them cope with personal problems by:
1. Crystallizing one's purpose in life - through adding meaning . 2. Helping
make difficult decisions. 3. Giving direction to your life and keeping you on
track by concentration. 4. Resolving conflict 5. Building confidence and 6.
Adding to your self respect (or sense of value = self worth)
The power of imagination in goal setting comes from having BIG HOPES AND DREAMS.
I believe too often we underestimate our capabilities. Use the amazing power of
your CREATIVE IMAGINATION to think what you REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE.. Then visualize
your dreams actually coming to pass.
Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more powerful than
knowledge". Very true, as I believe the human imagination is our greatest
asset. Thoreau once wrote these beautiful words:
'If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to
live the life which he* has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected.'
(Sorry ladies!) * * Only joking - you can have dreams too and achieve them even
better than us "mere males" (and please don't beat up " Mr un-
PC" Thoreau for neglecting you).
'Be true to your ideals, no matter what may happen now. Then things will take a
turn and the very things you wanted to happen will happen.' - anon
That one has just inspired me as I write this. *
Set realistic, yet achievable goals. Ones that stretch you... because we are all
different, what is achievable for one person might not be so easy for another.
Also, because we are all unique creations with different hopes, desires,
aspirations and dreams, what goal is important to you may be totally
inappropriate for another individual's life direction. I believe setting goals
is vitally important in achieving what we want out of life ...and setting even
small daily goals are a great help in a daily action plan to move your life
forward. I find it very satisfying ticking off even small routine tasks, like
paying bills (well that is a big goal for a "starving" writer!). These
small immediate goals are stepping stones to our bigger goals " down the
WRITE THEM DOWN, because putting them down on paper makes for more COMMITMENT.
It focuses your thinking on what you want to achieve, like a magnifying-glass
(that's called a simile, by the way!). Doing this crystallizes (nice big word)
our hopes, aspirations and dreams. They keep us on track towards our medium-term
and long-term goals - the "grand plan or vision" for our lives. This
is most important... Re-evaluate your progress from time to time. Doing this
keeps you on track to see how you are progressing towards the "big
picture". I find it extremely satisfying looking back and ticking off the
goals I have achieved. ( Of course , I don't achieve all of them, but am working
hard on that.)
It can be very encouraging seeing how far you have come , when you look back at
your first "teeny-weeny" goals and doing this is a great motivator to
me. Goals are the first step in a positive plan of action. And always remember,
every great journey down the "river of life" starts with one small
YOU CAN ACHIEVE ALL YOUR PERSONAL GOALS.
So WHAT'S STOPPING YOU FROM TAKING THAT FIRST STEP RIGHT NOW?
About the author:
Craig Lock Creative Writing Course