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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