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Goal setting for maximum achievement.

Goal setting is extremely important to ensure maximum achievement. Many studies have shown that those who have written goals achieve more than those who haven’t! Goals help you to define what you want, to make it attainable to your subconscious and to plan your route with military precision. Goals are not just for planning a New Year. They should be reviewed daily and added to or changed on a regular basis. This article specifically outlines how you go about writing and organising your goals for maximum achievement.

Step 1: Don’t be afraid to ask yourself what you really want. What would you dare to do if you knew that you could not fail? Don’t hold back. Get a piece of paper and simply start writing. Jot down anything and everything that you want to do, try, achieve or have. Don’t be afraid to think big! Step 2: Organise your goals and ideas into sections.

1) Family Goals

2) Financial Goals

3) Personal Growth Goals

4) Physical Goals

5) Social Goals

6) Possession Goals

1) Family Goals Organise all your goals and wants for yourself and your family into this section.

2) Financial Goals This section is for all your financial desires. How much do you want to earn? How much do you want to save? How many investments do you wish to own? (stocks, bonds, shares, real estate, businesses)

3) Personal Growth Goals Who do you wish to be? What characteristics do you have that you wish to change or enhance. What courses and studies do you wish to take in order to continue your learning curve?

4) Physical Goals If you wish to lose or gain weight, put it down here. If you wish to take up a sport or achieve a certain level at a particular sport, put it in the physical goal section. Also, write down any physical skills that you wish to develop.

5) Social Goals How do you wish to contribute to society? Who do you wish your friends to be? What functions do you wish to attend?

6) Possession Goals This is the section you have been waiting for! Write down all the material things that you want. Cars, clothes, jewellery, property etc. Make sure that with each one you write down you ask yourself, Do I really want this? Have fun with this section!

Step 3: Now that you have categorised all your goals, it is important to review them all and to break them down into smaller goals. Each main goal is generally made of several small goals. You must break down each of your goals into the smaller goals that are required in order to achieve your main goal. For example: if you wish to earn 1000 net per week then you must figure out how you plan to do this. Are you going to get a second job, work harder at your current job, increase your prices, start a business or invest? You must then organise your answers into smaller goals. For example:

Main Goal: Earn 1000 net per week.

Smaller Goal 1: increase sales

Smaller Goal 2: make more cold calls Smaller Goal 3: Send Brochures to all local business’ and offices

Smaller Goal 4: Place advertisement in local newspaper. All of the smaller goals should add up to your main goal. This will make your goals a lot more attainable. It also helps to turn your goals into plans instead of wishes.

Step 4: The next important thing you need to do is to put approximate dates beside each one of your goals. The dates signify when you want to have your goal achieved. You must have some sort of schedule. The smaller goals along with the main goals need to be dated. However, don’t be too exact with your dates. They are only approximations, so give yourself plenty of ‘breathing space’ and avoid being too strict or putting too much pressure on yourself.

Step 5: Look at your goals on a regular basis. The best time to do this is first thing in the morning and last thing at night. These times are great for getting your goals into your subconscious. Once your subconscious has accepted and fully believes in your goals, it makes it a lot easier to to make them happen in the physical world. Change or add to your goals as you see fit. Just because it is written down doesn’t mean that you can’t change your mind. Change your mind as often as you like because this will help you narrow down to what really is most important to you. When it comes to reviewing your goals, tick the ones that you have achieved, cross out the ones that you changed your mind about and simply carry forward the ones that you have not yet achieved. Don’t be mad if you do not get everything done, just reschedule the ones you still need to achieve. Also, reward yourself after every goal you achieve. Remember, goals need to be fun too.

Happy Goal Setting!

By Robert Devane

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