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Setting Goals With Basic Values

Setting Goals With Basic Values
Copyright © Craig Warren

Setting goals is a skill that everyone who wishes to be
successful should learn and master. However many people
often set the wrong types of goals, and as a result either
do not achieve what they really want to do in life, or give
up on their goals because they do not become motivated by

It is therefore absolutely essential that the goals you set
for yourself are aligned with your basic values.

What Are Your Basic Values

Your basic values are the things that you believe in, you are
passionate about and what you regard as important. They are
who you are and what you stand for. For example, if honesty
and fairness is something you value as a person, your goals
and future actions should be aligned with these values. Such
as making money, in a way that is fair and honest, without
cheating or harming people.

Taking the time to think about your basic values is an extremely
important thing to do, as if you set goals that are not aligned
with what you believe in or stand for, will in a lack of
motivation and a feeling that you are not doing the right thing.

So if you strongly value honesty and fairness in life but then
try to make money using dishonest means you are likely to feel
bad about doing so and consequently will lack the motivation to
successfully go after and achieve your goals. If you do not enjoy
what you are doing, then it is highly unlikely you will become
successful at it and this is why it is so important to choose the
goals that are right for you.

Another important consideration to make when setting goals is
whether or not they challenge you. If the goals you are setting
do not stretch you and pull you outside your comfort zone, then
you are unlikely to feel motivated and driven to achieve them.
However, goals should not be too challenging or unrealistic as
otherwise they will seem impossible to accomplish and you will
most likely give up on them.

This does not mean to say that you should not think big. What
may seem possible for one person, may seem completely impossible
to another. So the goals you set should be based on what you
realistically believe you can achieve. This last point raises
another important issue, as often people set goals which are
influenced by what other people think. For example, many people
believe flying was an impossible task and something which could
never be done.

However, the Wright brothers did not believe flying was impossible
and as a result went onto create the worlds first flying airplane.
If the Wright brothers had allowed other people’s limiting beliefs
to influence the goals they set for themselves, who knows, maybe
we would not have airplanes today.

So when setting yourself goals make sure they are the things that
you really want to do in life, and are aligned with what you
believe in and believe you can achieve. If you can do this you
will set goals that are right for you, and vastly increase the
chances you will accomplish them.

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Tips For Successful Goal Setting

Tips For Successful Goal Setting
Copyright © Craig Warren

When we first begin working toward a goal, we are filled
with passion, fire and excitement. We feel invincible and
we just know that we can accomplish whatever we desire.
We take off running toward our goal, determined to make it
happen, and we know we CAN make it happen.

Then we begin to encounter some obstacles. We may struggle
through a few of them, but then we begin making excuses for
not working on our goals. Perhaps we lose interest and get
overwhelmed with daily activities. Before we know it, our
goal has been placed on the “back burner” and we are no
longer working toward it. Worse, maybe we no longer believe
that we CAN make our dreams a reality. What happened?
In my own experience, there are four key ingredients to
making your dreams come true.

Why – What is your reason for wanting this particular goal?
Let’s say your goal is to buy a house. Ask yourself why you
want that. Your answer may be something along the lines of,
“Because I want to own my own property rather than paying
rent for the rest of my life.” Okay good. But why? What
does it matter if you own your own property or pay rent?
Your answer might now be, “Because I want to have the
house paid off by the time I retire, so I don’t have to
worry about paying rent or a mortgage payment on a fixed
income.” Great! But why? What will that do for you? Keep
asking yourself WHY, and writing down your answers until
you get to the “meat” of your desire. Once you have a clear
desire in mind . . .

Believe You Deserve It – many of us struggle with low self-
esteem and at a core level, we don’t feel we deserve success
and abundance. Guess what? If we don’t believe we deserve it,
we will resist it when it arrives. We may do this unconsciously
by sabotaging our own efforts, or we may outright refuse to even
try. We must first understand and then truly believe that we DO
deserve success and abundance. In addition, we must be willing
to receive it. We’re so good at giving to others, but many of us
won’t accept help or blessings for ourselves. We feel it is better
to give than to receive, and in some ways it is. However, that
doesn’t mean we shouldn’t receive at all. Be willing to believe
that you deserve to be successful and happy. Then be willing to
accept that abundance when it arrives. Affirm aloud to the
universe each day, “I joyfully accept all of the abundance and
happiness the universe has for me, NOW.”

Step by Step – If your goal is to buy a house, you likely have
a lot of smaller goals that must be accomplished first. You will
need to build up a savings for the down payment. You may need
to clean up your credit report and pay down existing debt. You
will need to see if you qualify for a mortgage loan. Always keep
your ultimate goal in mind, but focus on the smaller steps that
will get you there first. If I wanted to drive to California, I’d
have to pay attention to the route I need to take to get there,
not just the destination. Write out a list of the smaller steps
that will help you reach your goal, and then begin working on them
one at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking only of that
big, shining vision of the completed project.

No Matter What – Decide that you will do this, no matter what.
No matter what obstacles come up, no matter if your desire and
determinations begin to fade. True success comes to those who
just won’t give up. Make a promise to yourself that you will
continue working toward your goals no matter what happens.
Write this promise out and put it somewhere you will see it.
Read it aloud to yourself every single day.

Keep reminding yourself that nothing will change unless you change
it. Fuel your determination with positive thoughts and keep moving
forward. If obstacles come up, find a way around them. If there is
absolutely no way around a particular obstacle, switch your focus
and begin working on another aspect of your goals. Many times
obstacles will fade away if given enough time, or sometimes a
solution presents itself when we least expect it. Let your
determination glow hot and bright, and burn away all doubts
and fears. Know that you can do it, and you will.

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