Posted by Tony Ozanne at January 17th, 2013
There’s been plenty written about the power of goal setting.
In a nutshell, by creating a clear goal in your mind, you unleash the power of your subconscious (which just loves to solve problems) to get on with the job of guiding you towards that goal. Don’t believe me? Before you go to bed tonight, focus very clearly on an issue or challenge. Write it down on a piece of paper. Then forget about it. Tomorrow morning, you’ll have a deeper insight, or even a solution. It will probably come to you in the shower, where some of history’s greatest problems have been solved.
So now we know why goal setting works. How to do it?
The textbook response… SMART Goals
Google ‘SMART goals’ and you’ll get about 900,000 results, so maybe SMART goals are worth considering.
SMART Goals are:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound
Setting SMART goals works for many of us, but not all of us.
Some may find the rigid structure of SMART goals a bit of a turn-off. If you are one of these people, don’t turn your back on goal-setting. Find what works for you. Here’s a few suggestions.
Give Your Brain Some Space
Your goals should lead you closer to where you want to be. Where do you want to be? If you’re not sure, take some time out. Lie on the beach, sit in a rainforest, head out of town for the weekend.
Reflect on what drives you, what inspires you, what gives you satisfaction. Then work on a plan to get yourself there. Guess what.. those steps in the journey are your goals. Now that wasn’t too hard, was it?
Another option – share your dreams with your partner, a friend or mentor. You will be surprised how much they might know about you and what makes you tick. Working out a game plan together can challenge your self-limiting beliefs and open up new horizons.
Just Do It..
However you choose to do it, set yourself some goals. Write them down, glue photos to your ‘Dreamboard’, write your ideal weight on your bathroom mirror. Life is too short to drift.
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