Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Goal Setting Basics

Goal setting is a relatively simple process many have made much more complicated than it is.

By setting goals, and measuring their achievement, you are able to see what you have done and are capable of.

The process of achieving and attaining goals gives you the confidence and a belief in to achieve higher and more difficult goals.

Goal setting is nothing more than a formal process for personal planning. By setting goals on a routine basis you decide what you want to achieve, and then move in a step-by-step manner towards the achievement of these goals.

The act of setting goals and targets allows you to choose where you want to go in life. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you know what you have to concentrate on to do it.

Goal setting is a standard technique used by professional athletes, successful business people and high achievers in all fields. It gives you long term vision and provides you with short term motivation.

Having goals allows you to focus your attention, knowledge and organize your resources. By setting sharp and clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless effort.

Goals are set on a number of different levels. First, you decide what you want to do with your life and what large scale goals you want to achieve.

Second, you break these down into the smaller aims that you must hit so you reach your overall lifetime goals. It's a step-by-step, inch-by-inch process.

Finally, once you have your plan, you start working towards achieving it. As Einstein said, "Nothing happens without movement." Goal setting and planning is nothing but daydreaming if you set on your duff and do nothing.

So set your goals, write out a flexible step-by-step plan to achieve them and then take action and make it happen.

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