Which of the following would you like to have?
¤ More confidence
¤ More friends
¤ More happiness
Actually, you can have all tired! How? By setting and reaching goals. Consider the following.
* MORE CONFIDENCE: When you set small goals and reach them, you’ll have the confidence to take on bigger ones. You’ll also feel more confident when facing day-to-day challenges such as standing up to peer pressure. In turn, others will likely notice your confidence and respect you for it. Some might pressure you less. If fact, they may even start to admire you.
*MORE FRIENDS: People enjoy being around those who are goal-oriented, those who know what they want and who are willing to work for it. And when people are drawn to you because of your goals, they often become members of the support team you need to reach those goals.
*MORE HAPPINESS: Let’s face it, There’s little fun in being bored or waiting for your life to happen. On the other hand, when you set and reach goals, you feel a sense of accomplishment. No wonder the apostle Paul, a first century christian, once said, “I don’t run without a goal.” and remember, the bigger the goal, the greater your feeling of accomplishment upon reaching it!
*First step to reach your goal is to Identify it
1. Brainstorm potential goals: Have fun with this step! Don’t analyse; just write down as many ideas as you can. See if you can come up with at least 10 or 20 possibilities.
2. Evaluate your ideas: which ones seem the most exciting? The most challenging? Which would you be especially prove of achieving? Remember, the best goals are the one that mean the most to you
3. Prioritize: First choose some short-range goals that you could reach in a few days. Next choose some long-range goals (reachable within several weeks or months). Number your goals according to the other which you would like to achieve them.
*The next step is to plan
1. List your goal
2. Set a deadline. After all, a goal without a deadline is just a dream!
3. Plan the steps involved.
4. Anticipate obstacles. Then think of how you’ll overcome them.
5. Make a commitment. Promise yourself that you’ll do your best to reach this goal. Now sign and date it.
*The next and final step is to ACT
1. Start immediately. Ask yoursel, ‘what can I do today to start toward my goal?’ granted, you may not have every detail worked out, but don’t let that keep you from getting started. As the Bible puts it, “if you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.” Find something you can do today, even if it’s small and do it.
2. Review your goals daily. Remind yourself why each one is important to you. Track your progress by putting an arterics (or a completed on date) next to each step as you complete it.
3. Be flexible. No matter how good your plans are, they may need to be adjusted as you go along. That’s OK. Don’t worry about rigidly sticking to a plan. Just keep making progress toward the final goal.
4. Use your imagination. “Fast-forward” and imagine yourself achieving your goal. Feel the sense of accomplishment. Next, “rewind” through the individual steps, and visualize each of them. Finally, press “play”. See yourself completing each step, and imagine how great you’ll feel when you reach your goal. Now go for it!