Reaching Your Goals

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Prepare Action Plan (Break Goals into Small Action Points)

At this stage I will advice you to pick up four to six most important goals that you want to give maximum priority. This will depend on your current situation that you have identified while you were taking inventory while you were Developing Your Goal Program. These are the goals on which you will start working immediately, keeping the rest on wait list. The reason is that if you try to work on all the goals that you have on the goal program, it may become too much for you, and you will loose focus.

List down step by step that has to be done or achieved to reach your goal. There will be something that is in your control, such as acquiring skill or knowledge, meeting someone for help, writing a letter or doing anything on a daily basis. However, the result of these may always be not in your control. So, make a list of ‘Action’ that you will put in, but do not include the outcome as an Action Point. If there is a particular ‘result or outcome’ (beyond your control) that will be required for you to move on further towards your goal, than this result is just a smaller, more short term goal, and must be treated as one.

For some action points you will set some deadlines. Few others will be such that you will have to repeat on an ongoing basis till the goal is achieved or remains relevant. (Daily exercising is one such action point that will be on an ongoing basis as the goal of good physical health will always remain a relevant one).

Develop Daily Accountability

Now that your Action Plan is ready, it is time to take action. Doing small things every day, and taking baby steps is going to add up to make a big difference. You will reach your goals only if you develop accountability to each action that you need to take everyday. They are your goals. These are the goals that are going to fulfil the dreams of your life. They are your responsibility. So, it is you who is accountable to your goals and dream. Commitment and Accountability are important values and good value system is an important Success Power. See Power of Values to read more about values.

Taking action every day persistently and with commitment and accountability is going to create momentum that will take you to reach your target. Do what you have decided on doing. Do what you say you do. In case you are not doing what you have thought of doing or saying what you are doing, you will create a frame of reference in your mind that you are not accountable and lower your self image. (See Self Image). So, be accountable and take Action. There is power in Action and produces results and brings rewards. (See Power of Action)

Discipline Yourself

It is your character and commitment that will spur you into action, but it takes discipline to follow through. Many people start well, but owing to discouragement, laziness, poor self image or many other factors never see to the end. There are many times you will not want to do something. But it is discipline that will help you get out of the bed and do what is required, to be done. There will be temptations and diversions and you may feel like procrastinating. That is when you will need discipline to do it anyway. Discipline is a important value that is mentioned in the Power of Values page of this site.

Get into Shape Physically, Mentally & Spiritually

Physical, mental and spiritual health is not only important for balanced success, but it is also impossible to reach goals if you are not healthy in all these three aspects. Take care of your health. An unhealthy body can not strive for achievement. T makes a person irritable and affects his/her relationships. So, even if you have not put healthy body as one of the goals, it still remains one.

In order to make commitment, be accountable, and disciplined while you move towards your goal will require positive attitude, high self image, faith, and high value systems. These are all ingredients of a mental and spiritual health. In order to keep your-self fit, you eat nutritionally balanced food, get adequate sleep and do physical exercise. To keep the mind healthy you read good positive books, listen to powerful inspirational recordings, associate with right kind of people and pray. Make these activities a part of your daily Action Plan.

Respond Positively to Disappointments (Change Directions not Decisions)

As you take your journey towards success, and in the process of reaching the milestones called goals, you will come across obstacles, roadblocks, bumpy roads that you had not envisaged earlier. Their will be unprecedented setbacks that will prevent your from reaching your goal. At such junctures you will have two choices, one is to react negatively and give up your goals or secondly responding positively and do something about it.

See the Power of Failing Forward. Failure may mean delay but it never means defeat. Failure is a learning experience that simply tells you that things need to be done differently. There are problems. There will be traffic jams. But at the same time there are no problems that can not be solved. If you do not see any way through the problem, work around it. Take a different route. Change your Action Plan, and make it more conducive to the circumstances. Be persistent in reaching your goal but at the same time be flexible with your Action Plan.

Celebrate & Reward Yourself on Reaching a Target

All of you have a very faithful employee. It never leaves you or change loyalties. But most of you never really pay him or give him any rewards. This loyal employee of yours is you. When was it when you had pat your own back and rewarded yourself for completing a project, for achieving something, or doing something good? On the contrary, most punish this faithful employee with self-defeating thoughts. No wonder many of us never gets any motivation from within.

Every small victory, every achievement, is a cause for a celebration, big or small. Make every small achievement a reason to celebrate. Small celebrations for small victories are all that is required to keep motivation high for bigger victories. It could be a nice movie that you have been denying yourself, or a dinner, or a night out. Fix for your self a reward for every action point in your chart, and give it to yourself promptly when you do what is to be done. Happiness is not in big things but in celebrating small things in life, and that is the biggest purpose of our life.

In the next section we are going to deal with how you can achieve your goals on a Daily basis and how you can live a life that is Action & Performance Oriented.

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