Article published on LinkedIn.com:
October 12, 2023
Life is a
journey. How will you get there if you do not have an
itinerary? Goals tell you where you are going, how you are
going to get there, and what you will do when you get there.
You have to
decide what you want, first of all. The problem with so many
people is that they do not know what they really want. In
other words, they are not at all clear about what they want in
life. Setting your goals requires you to decide what you want
and to determine by when you want to have achieved that thing.
For instance, you must put a deadline on what you currently
about what you want. Have a good plan of attack. Ask yourself:
What do I know about this? What information do I have? What
information do I need, and where can I get it? What skills do
I need to master? What other resources should I use? Is this
the best way to do it, or is there some other way?
but keep moving forward. Goals do not necessarily have to be
big ones. When you set your goals too high, you might find
things becomes overwhelming and time-consuming and just give
up. Set goals in small increments, complete with time, dates,
amount, and some other details. By breaking down your goals in
to smaller, workable units, you are more likely to realize
even great people had to start somewhere.
when stating your goals. Stating your goal positively will
help you view it as a good thing to do, and not as a
by-product of what you had to avoid. However, spread out your
goals and try to make tiny goals for different aspects of your
life; for example, one or two for each aspect, or more if you
goal-setting include: family and home, career, social,
physical, mental, and spiritual. If you say, “I want to be a
successful dad", then try to make goals towards the
development of your family life while still keeping an eye
open for ways to improve your career and other areas of your
underestimate yourself. It is tempting to sometimes just slack
off, or let yourself off too easy.
The fear of
failure is sometimes to blame for setting our goals too low.
Remember that some fears are unfounded. How do you know you
will actually ruin something? And how do you know for sure
your coworkers will laugh at your effort? If you try to reason
with your fears, more often than not, you will realize that
there really is no reason for you to be reluctant and that, in
fact, you can do whatever is challenging you.
goals down on paper is more than just having a way to memorize
them. You are actually confirming your willingness to make
them come true. A written list of goals is an effective
reminder of what you need to do, and once you have met them, a
good review of your accomplishments. This process helps you
affirm your goals.
really more than writing down, “I am going to buy my $750,000
home by Christmas” twenty times. It is actually being
conscious not only of your thought processes, but also of your
acts during the day.
procrastinating. If you are used to procrastination, being
bull-headed about a goal can seem scary at first. Try to set a
schedule, and then reward yourself each time you meet it.
Start inculcating the habit of liking something. The most
difficult thing is to like something useful. Our minds
generally reject any conscious attempt to focus on any
worthwhile goal. Some really lucky souls subconsciously liked
these worthy goals and had great success in the areas.
Many of us
focus subconsciously on petty things such as entertainment,
celebrities, etc. and when the time comes for focusing on big
things, we back out because we have an already loaded negative
image of that goal. It is simply a misinterpreted relativity.
There is no reason to feel worthless before a big goal just
because we have put our attention on petty goals. You need to
think big when you are setting goals; think great thoughts.
You must also crystallize your thinking and make it clear to
you first. Then
write them down. Plan ahead, so you can get ahead!
try visualizing the outcome at a time in the future when it
will become apparent that to set definite times in the future
is obtainable. Setting huge impossible goals can and will ruin
the want or need for goals, which may be important during your
life. So please start small and work your way up!
This 642-page book is the result of a four-year project
called Project Tomorrow. During the four-year period,
we followed more than 500 trainees, aged from 16 to
It is also the fruit of forty years of experience
acquired with local and international organizations
and companies and during consultancy, change
management, transition, and marketing services. For
more information go to:
About the Author
ISO Pour Tous
– Le manuel
d’information ISO – Le guide de préparation ISO – La
gestion du changement en affaires – La gestion de
projet d’affaires – Le
changement POUR TOUS –
Change Your Future,
Now! – Mon succès est votre succès –
My Success Is Your Success.
Germain Decelles, o.s.j.
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