“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.“
- Winston Churchill
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.“
- Edmund Hillary
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.“
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Developing your goal program was the first step towards turning your life from a wandering generality to meaningful specific. However, ultimately what is going to matter is that how will you reach your goals and ultimately live a life of with balanced success. And this is exactly what this section of the site is going to tell you. So, without wasting much time let us straight get down to business:
Use Your Goals as a Motivational Tool
The goals that you have identified while you were developing your goal program are the one that are really worth pursuing. You have ensured it by following a filtering procedure. You really believe that they are the one that will give you balanced success, and are important for you emotionally. Goals, motivates us only when they appeal us emotionally.
Now you need to get a little more emotional or say passionate about them. On the “General Goal Procedure Chart” that you have downloaded record the benefits that you seek to receive from each goal. (You will require one sheet for each goal). When you do this you get excited about the prospect of receiving those benefits and in turn get motivated.
Fear is usually de-motivates. But it is also a powerful motivator when used positively. Fear of loosing something at times may be bigger then other fears that might stop you from taking action. So, also record in your Goal Procedure Chart, the things that you might loose if you do not pursue this particular goal.
Develop Commitment to Them
Now to keep you committed towards the goal and keep you perpetually motivated do the following:
- Put them on Walls: Write down your goals in big bold letters preferably with coloured pens on thick paper along with the date when you are going to achieve it. Wherever possible paste a picture of the reward that you are seeking. Paste these papers on the wall in your private place, where you can see them every day. They will serve as a constant reminder to you of your goals.
- Share your goals: (But carefully). Share your goals with your family who are partner in your success, with your friends who love you unconditionally and are your well-wishers. Speaking about your goals helps in developing commitment towards them. Share freely your give-up goals (bad things that you are going to give up). However, the go-up goals must be shared carefully, and never to those who ridicule you, are jealous of you or do not want to see you going up.
- Visualize: Visualize yourself reaching the goal. Close your eyes and create a mental image where you see yourself receiving the benefits that you expect to receive one you reach the goal. More about this technique is explained in Power of Positive Visualization.
Identify Major Challenges
We are living in fool’s paradise if we believe that there will be no challenges, obstacles or roadblocks. When we know that we have to face them, I believe that it is good sense to identify them and get ourselves prepared for them.
In your General Goal Procedure Chart, lists down the challenges and roadblocks you think you may be facing while achieving the particular goal. Once identified and listed you will be able to keep them in consideration while in your action plan.
Identify the Resource Requirement
For every goal you will require certain resources. Either you may already have it, or you may have to acquire it. Knowledge, skills and know how are important resources that you will require in one way or other for every goal that you have. If say getting a good physical shape is your goal, then you will require knowledge about your diet, exercise procedures, etc. Apart from this each goal may have some specific resource requirement. List them down in the space provided for the purpose in your General Goal Procedure Chart.
Enlist Help Wherever Required
Quiet paradoxically your personal success is also a team work. In order to achieve your personal goals you will require help of other people. These people may be your family members and your friends who will provide encouragement and support, mentors and teachers who will guide you and not let you make fatal mistakes, professionals like doctors, lawyers, consultants etc. who will provide various types of services. Make a list of all those, whose help you will require to reach the particular goal in the Chart.
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