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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