Know Your Why
A very important part of becoming successful in any field is knowing why you want it.
You have to know why you are doing the hard work.
You have to know why you try again when you fail.
It is not enough to say you want plenty of money.
You have to know, what will that money mean to you?
What things and experiences will it buy you?
What will be your definition of success?
Here are some questions to help with the process.
1.What Four things have you already accomplished that you are proud of?
I find this a very powerful question.
The things you have achieved in the past that you are proud of,
may be clues to what will be satisfying in the future.
It may not be the achievement itself that is important,
but what you had to do to achieve it.
2. Make a list of things you want in the next 10 years
Experiences, travel, business goals, family, individual rewards.
Some people say to set a number here,50,100. I think the number is irrelevant,really.
The important thing is the passion with which you want those things.
A few things you are really paasionate about are more important than a hundred lukewarm wishes.
3. Look at each item and give it 1, 3, 5, 10 years to accomplish…
Count how many you have in each year
1 Year ________ 3Years__________ 5 Years __________ 10 Years_______
Make sure you have some long range goals,
there should be a balance between short term and long term goals.
4.Look at your list and pick out the most important in your 1 year list.
Why are these goals important to you?
5.What kind of person must I become to achieve all I want?
This is the million dollar question.
The true purpose of goals is in who you have to become to achieve them.
How to Set and Reach your Goals
1.Determine Your Position by asking yourself:
Where am I now?
Where am I going?
2.Define Your Purpose by asking yourself:
What do I want to have?
What do I want to do?
Who would I like to be?
Who would I like to help?
If I had________________, I would____________________________.
This is an interesting statement.You hear it often.
If you want to be a generous person and give to charity,do it now.
Don’t wait until it won’t hurt.Give what you can now. Don’t be stupid about it.
But,look at things you may give up,in order to give to someone else. Be a giver.
If you want to travel, do what you can now. A day trip here, a weekend there.
Create the expectation in your mind that these things are happening.
3.Describe the Benefit.
What is it going to look like when you achieve your goals? What will you feel?
Who else will benefit?
4.Pursue with Desire
Actively set out to achieve your goals with your dreams in mind.
Watch out for Dream Busters:
Family – they truly want to protect us from failure.
Friends – use logic and reason to make you doubt yourself.
This is also under the guise of caring for you trying to protect you from failure.
Fatigue – makes us doubt our decisions, makes us pessimistic and negative.
Fear – of failure.
Don’t try to analyze and solve all problems now….. Take one day at a time, one problem at a time!
The Power of Dreams
The greatest potential power in our lives is the ability to dream.
Our dreams reflect the life we wish to live.
When we allow our dreams to guide us,
it builds a creative force within us that moves any obstacles in our way.
Dreams do cost us – they make us accountable.
We cannot be afraid to fail – nor should we!
Mistakes teach you and should inspire you to be better.
Don’t be afraid of criticism – it’s constructive!
So, don’t let it discourage you, and instead use it to drive you to success.
Vague Dreams – Keep you going without accomplishing much.
They can’t be measured and as such,
they will never be achieved because you don’t know where you are going.
Specific Dreams – Can be measured.
So, you know exactly where you are going and you know when you have reached your goal.
This gives you a sense of satisfaction and keeps you focused –
this will pull you past obstacles in the future.
5.Diagnose the Problem
Why don’t I have__________?
What are the obstacles in my way?
6.Design a plan
What are the methods and tools needed?
Who is my mentor(s)?
7.Discipline my Personality
What do I need to change?
Habits-create good ones,overcome old ones
Character -what are my strengths and weaknesses?
You may benefit from discussing this with someone who knows you well.
Hopefully, they will give you an honest appraisal.
Do not get defensive or angry at any criticism.
Rather, ask why they have that opinion.
What behaviour of yours gave them that impression.
You can then evaluate their opinion, and decide how valid it is.
You can then decide to alter your behaviour or attitude if needed.
8.Deposit the Price
What will it cost? Money,time,effort?
What am I willing to sacrifice?
Will it be worth it?
9.Depend on People
Who can I involve?
Everyone needs at least one person to help them accomplish their goals,
someone to be accountable with…..Search for that person!
Problems are never the problem…
it is our response to the problem that is the problem.
We have the ability to choose how we respond.
We are the only creature on earth with the ability to choose our attitude – choose wisely!
This article is based on a goal setting workshop I did a few years ago.
I have added some thoughts of my own,based on further learning and experience.
Before you can achieve anything worthwhile in life,
you must Know Your Why.
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