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CarMapCompass-SmallKey Point #5-Have a Plan!  Okay, so now we’re at the final key to consider when creating your goals. This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people make.  They jump on the road to their destination, but have no clue as to how they’re getting there.  They might even know some of the details, but that’s simply not enough.  Working toward your goals without a plan is like attempting to drive a long distance without a road map.  Think about this for a moment, would you attempt to drive across the country without a map that tells you how far you have to travel, how long it’s going to take to get there, the cities and states that you’ll go through and the places that are available for you to stop for what you need along the way like gas, food and a place to sleep?  Of course you wouldn’t.  As crazy as this sounds, this is what so many people are doing on a regular basis.  They’re embarking on their journey, but don’t have a plan to help them get there.

Your plan is your road map.  It details where you’re starting from, where you’re going and all of the points in between.  It defines your milestones—those points along the way that are major accomplishments along the road to accomplishing your goal.  You need to know and then map out your course of action.  You have to create the larger pieces of the puzzle, or the milestones, that you have to pass-or accomplish along the way.  Once you’ve determined them, you have to figure out the smaller tasks that have to get done so that you can reach each of those milestones and figure out what has to happen.  Who do you need to support you?  Do you have to have a budget to get there, and what’s it going to cost?  What other resources do you need to get you from point A to point B?

That may seem like a lot to think about and you might be someone who thinks that planning is a waste of time, but I’m here to tell you that not planning is what will waste your time over and over again.  When you plan and you consider all of the pieces, you also reveal the obstacles that could come up in the process, which allows you to create a plan for dealing with them should they arise.  If they come up during your pursuit, you know exactly what to do, instead of wondering how to handle the monkey wrench and having to stop to figure it out and stopping your progress.  This is just one of the ways that planning saves time.

So there you have it…the 5 key points for creating your goals.  There are also other things that come into play to help contribute to your success and if you’re missing them, and the things that I mentioned in this series you will undoubtedly fail.  If you’re struggling right now, get these key points in play.  I’m sure that implementing them will help you.

 


VisionMagGlassKey #4-Create and Hold Your Vision  I’m back with Key # 4 of 5 Key Points For Creating Your Goals.  It’s really hard to get where you want to go if you don’t have a clear picture of what it looks like.  When all of the details aren’t there, you don’t have a clear vision in your mind of what your goal looks like.  With that missing, it makes it hard to get where you’re going.  Lack of vision keeps people from what they want all the time.  It’s really easy to know what you want, but you’ve got to be able to see it clearly, with all of the detail.  If you can’t see where you’re going, you can’t get there, so you have to have a clear picture of what you want.

Start by having a very vibrant, clear picture of each of your goals.  See each goal as you would a movie and allow that vision to inspire you.  As you watch each of these movies, make note of what you see, what you hear, feel–all of those fine details that people tend to leave out.  If you could achieve that goal, exactly what would your life look like?  Bill Gate’s vision was “There will be a personal computer on every desk running Microsoft software.”  To help you with the process, try visualizing what you want during a meditation.  Take your time; create a vivid picture of what you want.  See the things and the people that you need to help it come into play.  See what happens when you actually reach your goal.  Think about how that would make you feel and get in touch with those emotions and allow yourself to feel them.  Take in the entire experience.

Vision boarding is another way to create a clear picture of what you want.  If that’s something that fits for you, start cutting out pictures, words, and phrases that represent your goal and paste them to poster board, a scrap book or photo album or just plain paper.  Keep your board where you can see it, and make sure you revisit what you created often.  You have to keep visual reminders of where you’re going in front of you to help fuel you forward toward what you want.  Your vision helps create the context for your goals.  Create that context and then go for your goal inside of that context.

Start to create your vision now, and I’ll “see” you in the final post.

 


GoalonClearBoard-SmallKey #3-What’s Your Level of Commitment?  Okay, so we’re at the mid-way point of the 5 Key Points for creating your goals. When it comes to goals, typically what happens is that people jump in and start that hot pursuit before they’ve truly committed themselves to what they’re doing, which is of course one reason why their efforts get stalled after about a month or so.

The Law of Commitment governs the manifestation of your goals.  You have to actually want to manifest what you say you want to manifest in order for it to show up.  Now, I know that sounds pretty obvious, but what you may not realize is that although you say you’re committed to what you want, there’s usually something lurking in the background, behind what you say you’re committed to.  Behind what you say you’re committed to are stronger, unconscious commitments that you don’t know exist.

Let me tell you what I mean by that.  People tend to have commitment confused with desire or obligation.  Desire is a want, or an aspiration.  Obligation is a responsibility or a duty—it might even be something that you feel a compulsion for, but it’s not commitment and neither is desire.  They both may be in the mix when it comes to commitment, but they are distinct from it.  Contrary to popular belief, commitment is not a thing. Commitment is giving yourself over to what you want; completely.  It’s never about what you’re doing, but instead, who you’re being.

Start digging to see what you’re really committed to.  As you dig, you’re looking for things that you don’t know about; things that are in your blind spots.  Let me give you a couple of examples.  You might be at a point right now where you’re stalled in your efforts when it comes to getting fit.  What you’ve said you’re committed to is your health and well being, but what you might just be committed to is eating whatever you want and being lazy and just letting it ride.  You might say that you’re truly committed to a relationship, but what you’re really committed to is being selfish and being unavailable.  Look at how you are actually living your life to see how that contrasts with what you say you’re committed to. Those hidden commitments work against you achieving your goals.  The truth is that they are running the show and they determine how you operate in the world.

I know what I just said might take a minute for you to wrap your head around it, but I encourage you to explore what I said and dig deep to see what you’re really committed to and be ready for the next post in this series.

 


MissionVisionPyramid-SmallKey Point # 2-Your Goals Should be Based Upon Your Values

My previous post gave you the first key to consider when you’re creating your goals. If you missed it, check out the previous post for the first key. Let’s dive right in for Key #2:

After determining what they want, people tend to look at what they want and jump into taking it on before they stop to think about what they’re doing.  When you do that, what happens is that you end up spending a lot of time on things that aren’t really important to you.  Sad to say, on a daily basis, people end up spending the majority of time on things that aren’t important to them.  As a matter of fact, 80% of the average work day is spent on things that aren’t important with only 20% spent on the things that are important.

Before you morph your thoughts, desires, whims, resolutions, or whatever you might have created into goals, stop to think about how whatever that is relates to something that you value.  If it doesn’t, why would you give your time to it?  Values have become an intricate part of today’s work environment, and when you think about it they really should be.  Corporations are pulling them into the mix, and making them part of the foundation of their business and you should too!

For instance, someone who values their health may create and set a goal to get fit or to get in better shape.  Someone who values family might have the goal of spending a designated amount of family time or to take two vacations away with their family.  Here, the goal directly relates to a value, and because of that, they would be more likely to succeed.  So before you start to create your goals, clarify your personal values.  You may not have even thought about this before, but this is definitely the time to do it.  Take some time and ask yourself, “What do I value?”  Put some real effort into it and identify the things that are most important to you.  Then, and only then, can you create your goals.  They have to be values-based.  When they are, you’re more likely to accomplish them, and you’ll find yourself spending your time focusing on things that matter to you.  You can stop spending 80% of your time on things that don’t matter.

Okay, that’s it for Key # 2.  Pull out a sheet of paper and get to work on listing those values!  Key #3 is coming up soon.

 


Goal-Dart-Resize-SmallIt’s really easy to know what you want but how to get there can be the tricky part and there are things that contribute to immediate failure that most people aren’t aware of.  There are 5 key points that you have to consider or look at when you’re thinking about the goals you want to create. Those particular things when they’re not considered are the very things that contribute to your goals failing. If you make the mistake of not considering them, you’re probably not going to reach your goals.  In this series of short posts, I’m going to share the 5 things that you should consider when you’re contemplating your goals.

Everybody has goals—things that they want to do or accomplish.  What usually happens is that you get off to a good start with great enthusiasm, moving forward toward what you want, and then, about a month or so into that hot pursuit, you stall.  All of a sudden you aren’t moving forward.  You’re off track and maybe heading in the wrong direction. The frustration starts to set in and you don’t know why or what to do next.

Well, the “why” is quite simple.  The reasons “why” are the things that you missed; the key points when you created your goals. As I mentioned,  those are the things that are going to keep you from getting to the finish line if you don’t make some changes.   Let’s start with the first key…

Key Point# 1-Be Sure What You Create is a Goal

Many times people create what they think are goals, but they’ve created something entirely different.  What they really have are thoughts, words, just whims or something they’ve resolved to do.  Those things are fine and they can serve as great catalysts to start your process, but they aren’t goals.  They don’t have the muscle or the staying power that’s necessary.  Solid goals do.

Take whatever it is that you’re contemplating creating and run it through the S.M.A.R.T. test:

  • Is it specific?  Does it include all of the fine details?  If not, define the details and describe what you want completely
  • Can you measure the results?  If what you created isn’t measurable in any way, you’re missing a large piece of the puzzle.  If the goal is to increase your income, set an amount so that you can tell how you’re doing at any given point in time and so that you have the end target
  • Is what you created attainable?  Is it realistic; can you do it?  If not, get real.  Create something that  you can attain
  • Next, ask if it’s relevant.  By that I mean is it relevant to your purpose and what you want out of life?  Does it fit?
  • Finally, set the time for what you want to achieve.  You have to have a “by when” date for every goal that you set.  Make them each time-bound.

That’s it for the first point. Check out my next posts for the remaining keys for creating your goals.

 

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