As has been proven over thousands of years, the best way to live the life you want is by setting goals to achieve, accomplish and attain what you desire. Written goals are also the strongest form of self motivation because once written, you act on the goal and the goal acts on you. Unfortunately most people were never taught goal setting which is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced. It is important to understand there is a major difference between an objective and a goal. Objectives are subjective which Webster defines as existing in the mind. A goal is simply a dream with a deadline and a plan of action. However, your goal must be specific so you can determine when it has or has not been reached. Goals require measurement because anything that cannot be measured cannot be managed. If your objective is to become even more successful, writing specific goals will help to make this happen. However, identifying the goals you want to attain can be challenging. To do this, schedule some time when you will not be disturbed or interrupted. Then ask yourself some questions and begin writing your answers. Writing crystallizes thought which motivates action.
Without action nothing can happen or change.
- What do I want more of?
- What do I want less of?
- What do I want and need to improve?
- Where do I want to go?
- What do I want to do?
- What do I want and/or need to learn?
- Who would I like to meet?
- What are my personal and family goals?
- What are my financial goals? What are my spiritual and ethical goals?
- What are my mental and educational goals?
- What are my physical and health goals?
- What are my professional goals?
As you answer these questions you will be on your way to greater success while achieving your most important goals. That is the beginning of the path to higher achievement but remember that action must follow because when you do nothing . . . . nothing happens.
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Jerry S. Siegel is President of JASB Management Inc., Long Island’s resource for developing people and organizations. A CPA in his first career, Jerry trains and coaches leaders in communication, delegation, goal setting, leadership, management, motivation, personal organization & development, supervision, team building and time management.