Achieving your goals: Turning your vision into a plan

It’s important to set goals because you can't make the leap from where you are now to your vision, all in one jump. You can't just "do" a mission, you need to break it down into smaller, more achievable, tangible targets to give you immediate direction... ones which you can build step by step to even greater destinations.

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn this vision of the future into reality. Goal setting techniques are used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields.

The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you from your course.

More than this, properly-set goals can be incredibly motivating, and as you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you will be able to see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You'll find that your self-confidence builds fast as you recognize your ability and competence in achieving the goals that you have set.

Remember, the difference between a dream and a goal is a date. Goals are "Absolute Will-Be's" and "By When's", when you become 100% personally responsible for making them come true. There's nothing more critical to your long-term productivity than setting specific goals and then holding yourself accountable for each and every one of them.
If dreams are born from imagination, then goals are born from a promise. Knowing this, set your goals with great care because when you set them, you are promising yourself exactly what you expect to get out of your life.

Goals are set on a number of different levels: First you’ve created your "big picture" of what you want to do with your life, and decided what large-scale goals you want to achieve. Now you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that will take you to your lifetime goals. Finally, once you have your plan, you start working to achieve it.

Think about your lifetime goals, and use these to set a 25 year plan of smaller goals that you should complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan. Then set a 5 year plan, 1 year plan, 6 month plan, and 1 month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals. Each of these should be based on the previous plan. If you’ve got a clear well defined lifetime goals you’ll be surprised how easily you can come up with smaller steps that fall in to place.

Then finally create a daily to-do list of things that you should do today to work towards your lifetime goals. At an early stage these goals may be to read books and gather information on the achievement of your goals.

If you don't already set goals, starting doing it now. As you make this technique part of your life, you'll start to see improvements in all areas of your life, and you'll wonder how you did without it!

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