Setting of Goals


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Allow me to start this article with a few of my favorite quotes on the subject of setting of goals.

  1. - People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” — Earl Nightingale
  2. - When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” — Jim Rohn
  3. - Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself - Robin Sharma
  4. - Clarity breeds mastery – Robin Sharma

Setting goals are one of the crucial parts of success. Goals written down is ultimately goals that will become a reality. Every year I buy myself two diaries. One bigger one, that I purely use for my daily work activities and meetings. The second one is smaller for me to always carry around with me. This is my dream and goal setting as well as motivation dairy.  Every morning at 4:30 am I start my day by dreaming, setting my goals and motivate and educate myself. Remember, small consistent daily activities lead to big wins over time.  

Make sure you plan your daily time slot to make sure you get to this. I prefer my 5am time slot, as I am fresh, and I know I will have the least distraction. Goal setting cannot be mixed with distraction. Make sure to switch off all electronic devices or any other potential things and items that might distract you.  You want to be in total solitude. (remember the state of solitude discussed a previous chapter)

Only your notebook, journal or diary and pen.

Now you are ready with you goal setting session (I hope part of your plan was a big mug of coffee )

If you struggle to start, merely start writing. No typing…writing. Goals written down are more likely to remember in your sub-conscious. Write down your dreams of your short term, medium term and long term.

  • Short term – daily and weekly
  • Medium term – 3 months – 12 months
  • Long term – 1 year – 5 years

Keep the dreams and goals realistic but far enough to expand your comfort zone.

Evaluate regularly … paging back to your dreams to keep sure you are on track.

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I love this acronym of Jim Rohn – SMART – for a goal setting:

  • S – Specific – Be specific about what you want to achieve. Vague goals lead to vague results.
  • M – Measurable – Add a value. You need to keep yourself accountable
  • A – Attainable – Set a realistic goal, just far enough for you to be uncomfortable / out of your comfort zone.  What makes you excited? You will only be willing to work towards something that really makes you jump out of bed in the morning.
  • R – Realistic – Be reasonable about your short-term goals.  What can I do today to better myself?  Be honest with yourself. Do dream big! Do write down your goals, that will change your life for the better and make it your best month or year yet.
  • T – Time – Give yourself a time-frame in which you want to achieve each goal. A Goal without a deadline, is likely to be postponed.

Always remember, this exercise must excite you, and not being a daily “job” You want to jump out of bed, so excited to start working on your dreams and goals.

If you do struggle keeping this up, especially in the beginning, ask someone that you look up to to mentor you. The mentor will keep you excited and committed to your goals. 

Have fun! That is what it’s all about!

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