If you’ve ever given thought to setting goals and achieving massive success, you’re not alone. Millions of North Americans feel they work hard yet, do not accomplish the things they want. So many people do not invest enough time into realizing what they really want from life or from their future, and then setting the goals necessary to achieving these wants.

An important factor to setting goals is keeping in mind that the future we create should help us not only survive but thrive in all weather…all the seasons of the year; spring, summer, fall and winter. Our goals should offer real leadership, provide us with meaningful guidance at key navigational points. Our goals should help us develop real success and contentment in life. To accomplish this, our goals must be real. The only ‘but’ is… not all goals will bring real success and contentment.

Then why set goals…

Goal setting is a powerful way to motivate you and create self-confidence by turning visions into realities. It is the best way to get you thinking about your future. By having an idea of what it is you want to achieve, you’ll then have a better understanding of where you need to concentrate your efforts. Setting clearly defined goals will help you see forward and eliminate the thought of life being a tiresome grind. As you achieve your set goals you’ll also recognize your own abilities and competence that you indeed, can achieve the goals you set.

Focusing solely on material gains, however, tends to be wasteful because one of life’s little ironies is that we inevitably enjoy the material fruits of our labor as we travel the true way to success and contentment. To focus only on the material gains is like planning a road trip across the country that will stop in all the most interesting and notable places, but failing to get out of the car. Focusing on the exterior, the movement, the speed, the velocity means you miss all the highlights along the way. Having a meaningful, final goal in your head and on a piece of paper means having something far more than mere material belongings or approval from others.

Think about an area of your life you wish you could achieve in more. Areas such as family, education, physical and financial, are common areas many North Americans want to alter. What about perusing an artistic dream, changing your attitude or advancing your career? Regardless of the area, this is the time to chop your large envision into smaller, significant goals that will be your stepping-stones to reaching your long-term goals.

Goal Setting Tips

  • Write down each goal in a clear, precise way. Make each goal sentence a positive statement. Instead of telling yourself ‘Don’t make that stupid mistake again’, use positive words such as, ‘Enjoy the fresh air and quiet time as you run 2 kilometers today’.
  • As you’re setting goals, prioritize them to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Instead of having a list of 20 goals staring back at you, chose 2 or 3 you want to work on that week or that month.
  • Give yourself time limits to achieve your goals. Write in dates and times when you make small achievements so you have a log to compare your advancements. The little goals you achieve along the way will give you a great sense of satisfaction and motivate you to achieve more.
  • Keep your goals achievable. If they’re grandiose and out of this world, you’ll be less likely to make strides towards accomplishment and can be left feeling unmotivated.
  • Set your goals as performance goals instead of outcome goals. Instead of ‘Read 27 books before my next birthday’ try turning it into an activity or strategy, ‘Read 2 books per month or 1 book every two weeks’.

If you don’t know what you would like to achieve in your life, you probably won’t achieve much.


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
Ivey Business Journal: http://iveybusinessjournal.com/topics/leadership/learning-goals-or-performance-goals-is-it-the-journey-or-the-destination#.Uq8X1dJDtc8
Mind Tools: http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html

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