Knowing What You Want Makes Achieving Goals Easier By Michelle L. Casto, M.Ed.
The desire to meet a challenge and succeed has been a part of many cultures throughout history. The ancient Peruvians used to draw out their goals in symbols and paint them in primitive colors on the walls of caves. The Egyptians used to create elaborate rituals to move from one state of desire to actualization. They believed that writing out a dream in advance would assure a positive outcome. Likewise, we moderns have an innate need to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. To reach your goals, you must take a proactive, committed approach to making it happen. What follows are nine ways to achieve your goals.
1. Know What You Want When you are clear about what you want, you build excitement. When you are excited, more effort is put forth, and your enthusiasm helps to overcome obstacles.
2. Write Your Goals Down When you write about what you want, it becomes indelibly written not only on the paper, but also upon your consciousness.
3. Visualize What You Want See in your minds eye your goal already achieved. What does it look like, feel like? The more real your image, the more powerful it will be, operating much like a magnet drawing forth more of what you want to you.
4. Affirm What You Want Speak your goals into existence. An affirmation is a present-tense, positive statement of your intended outcome. For example, I am a successful_________.
5. Develop a Strategy to Get What You Want To achieve your goals, you need to create an action plan. Planning bridges the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future.
6. Measure Your Progress Create mechanisms that will allow you to evaluate your progress. Use charts, write to do lists, track your actions, etc. Use anything that will encourage you to stay on track and to help you to see when adjustment is needed.
7. Develop a Support System Use the buddy system. Surround yourself with people who encourage and challenge you to get what you want. Be accountable to someone other than yourself.
8. Commit to the Personal Growth Process Success will not come over night, so allow the process to unfold. Know that there will be times when you feel like quitting, but remember that winners never quit.
9. Celebrate Your Success As you achieve smaller goals, stop and acknowledge it! Appreciate yourself for coming as far as you have! Build on your successes, and take bigger risks the next time.
Now is the time to start setting goals for yourself so that you can begin creating life as you would like it!
Michelle L. Casto is a Whole Life Coach, Speaker, and Author of Get Smart! About Modern Career Development. She can be reached at www.getsmartseries.com, email@example.com (361) 232-3939