Jimmy Bryant

Life Coaching & New Views on Business

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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” J. Dean

- Achieving More With Focus:

Goal setting techniques are used by top-level athletes and achievers in all fields.

They give you long-term vision and short-term motivation.

They focus your acquisition of knowledge and help you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

By setting  clearly defined goals, you can define your desired future, measure the results you get and go back to track in case you lose it and take pride in the achievement of those goals.

You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a «not knowing very well where I go».

By setting goals, you will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your ability and competence in achieving the goals that you have set.

- Goal Setting Tips:

To give a broad, balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some of these categories (or in categories of your own, where these are important to you):

  • Attitude
  • Career
  • Education
  • Family
  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Pleasure
  • Public Service
  • Artistic and leisure

Spend some time brainstorming  these, and then select one goal in each category that best reflects what you want to do.

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the S.M.A.R.T. model;

  • S Specific
  • M Measurable
  • A Attainable
  • R Relevant

To set effective goals:

  • State each goal as a positive statement.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Be precise.
  • Set priorities.
  • Write goals down.
  • Keep operational goals small
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals.

Instead of having “Sail across the Atlantic” as a goal, it is more powerful to say “To have completed my sailing trip to Santo Domingo by December 31, 2012.”

- Achieving Goals:

When you have achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement, and observe the progress you have made towards other goals. If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately.

With the experience of having achieved this goal, review the rest of your goal plans:

  • If you achieved the goal too easily, make your next goals harder.
  • If the goal took a dispiriting length of time to achieve, make the next goals a little easier.
  • If you learned something that would lead you to change other goals, do so.
  • If you noticed a deficit in your skills despite achieving the goal, decide whether to set goals to fix this.

Failure to meet goals is not end of the world as long as you learn from it.  Remember too that your goals may and will change as time goes on. Adjust them regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience, and if goals do not hold any attraction any longer, then let them go. Feed lessons learned back into your goal setting program.

- Key Points:

Goal setting is an important method of:

  • Deciding what is important for you to achieve in your life.
  • Separating what is important from what is irrelevant, or a distraction.
  • Motivating yourself.
  • Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals.