Developing Your Goal Program

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Step No. 3: TRY TO FIND THE ‘WHY’ FOR EVERY THING ON LIST

So, far you were making a list of all you want, without really thinking much about it. Now is the time when you will start thinking seriously about each one of them. There are a number of things in this world we feel we want. But do we really want it? This question is important. Sometimes we may want something simply because it is what others expect us to want. Other times there may be something that we think we want, but actually we don’t.

Such a situation can have two results. Either, the goal will never motivate you to take any action or you may reach the goal spending time and energy only to realize it that you never wanted it. Many times the time you have lost is too long and precious to really make amendments. You will find a large number of retired people who look back in their lives to discover that they never did what they really wanted to do, because they were too busy doing what they never wanted.

To safe guard from such a situation you will follow this and then the next two steps. In this step simply ask yourself ‘Why you want to be, to do or have’ for every point you have written down on your wild list. Eliminate any point that you have listed on your wild-list for which you are unable to articulate a one or two lines answer.

Step No. 4: ASK YOURSELF THESE SOLID GOLD QUESTIONS
  • Ask the following questions for each of the goal that is still on you list:
  • Is it really my goal (or is it set by someone else)?
  • Is it fair and morally correct to everyone concerned?
  • Will my reaching this goal take me closer or further to my larger purpose of life?
  • Can I commit myself emotionally to this goal?
  • Can I visualize myself reaching the Goal?

The answer to all the above questions must be a big ‘Yes.’ If it is not for any of the goal listed in your list, simply strike it off. Let me assure a goal that is not yours, will harm others or does not take you closer to your larger purpose of life is not worth pursuing. And if you do not commit yourself emotionally to the goal, or if you can not visualize yourself reaching the goal, chances are that you will never achieve that goal.

Step No. 5: EVALUATE AGAINST THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF YOUR LIFE

Now the next step is to evaluate each goal against the various ingredients of success that are the main objective of your life. For each remaining goal in your list ask yourself:

  • Is this goal going to make me happier- healthier- win friends- give peace of mind- make me prosperous – will give me security- better my family relationships or give hope.
  • In other words is this goal give me balanced success.

Of course, the goal that you have set will fulfil more than one objectives mentioned above. However, if it does not fulfil any of it, strike it of. It is possible that it may fulfil just one objective but hamper others, and then it means that reaching the goal will not give balanced success, and hence is not worth pursuing.

Step No. 6: GIVE TIMELINE TO EACH GOAL

Now that you have the goals that you should and will really pursue, you divide each goal as long term, intermediate and short term. You will be surprised to see that many of the short terms goal will lead you to intermediate goals and then long term goals. For example, financial freedom may be one of your long term goals. But there will be many more short term and intermediate goals that you have already written that you will achieve as you undertake your journey to financial freedom.

Once you have divided each goal into the relevant time range, put a date by which you want to reach it, against each of them. Do this by putting some thought in it. A date that is too close will make the goal seem impossible to reach and will de-motivate you. A date given too far off then required will not encourage you to take action right now.

However, there will be some goals that will have no deadline but will be ongoing in nature. These goals are the one that usually give quantifiable rewards, but are crucial to continuing success. For example, loosing 20 Kg of weight is a quantified goal and hence you can set a timeline for it. But keeping fit and in shape in unquantifiable goal and hence is ongoing one.

Step No. 7: BREAK DOWN LONG TERM GOALS INTO SHORT TERM GOALS

Even now it is possible that there are some long term and intermediate goals that do not have a corresponding short term goal in your list. For example, you have just started your career in junior management. And you have written Vice President as a goal. Of course this is a long term goal for you at the moment, because before you are actually made the Vice-President, you will have to climb a number of stairs on the career ladder.

So, write down the next higher designation than the one you are working in as your corresponding short term goal and give it a timeline. Since the short term goals are nearer to us, it is easier to visualize them and get committed to them, compared to the long term ones. Of course it is easy to be motivated by a target that we see near us than the one that is too far for us to see.

You can take all the above steps easily if you use our free “My Goal Program Development Tool”. To download click here! (pdf format doc format)

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Now you have a Goal Program. The next few pages will tell you how you can reach your goals.

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