Tips For Successful Goal Setting
When we first begin working toward a goal, we are filled
with passion, fire and excitement. We feel invincible and
we just know that we can accomplish whatever we desire. We
take off running toward our goal, determined to make it happen,
and we know we CAN make it happen.
Then we begin to encounter some obstacles. We may struggle
through a few of them, but then we begin making excuses for
not working on our goals. Perhaps we lose interest and get
overwhelmed with daily activities. Before we know it, our
goal has been placed on the "back burner" and we are no longer
working toward it. Worse, maybe we no longer believe that
we CAN make our dreams a reality. What happened? In my own
experience, there are four key ingredients to making your
dreams come true.
Why - What is your reason for wanting this particular goal?
Let's say your goal is to buy a house. Ask yourself why you
want that. Your answer may be something along the lines of,
"Because I want to own my own property rather than paying
rent for the rest of my life." Okay good. But why? What does
it matter if you own your own property or pay rent? Your answer
might now be, "Because I want to have the house paid off by
the time I retire, so I don't have to worry about paying rent
or a mortgage payment on a fixed income." Great! But why?
What will that do for you? Keep asking yourself WHY, and writing
down your answers until you get to the "meat" of your desire.
Once you have a clear desire in mind . . .
Believe You Deserve It - many of us struggle with low self-esteem
and at a core level, we don't feel we deserve success and
abundance. Guess what? If we don't believe we deserve it,
we will resist it when it arrives. We may do this unconsciously
by sabotaging our own efforts, or we may outright refuse to
even try. We must first understand and then truly believe
that we DO deserve success and abundance. In addition, we
must be willing to receive it. We're so good at giving to
others, but many of us won't accept help or blessings for
ourselves. We feel it is better to give than to receive, and
in some ways it is. However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't
receive at all. Be willing to believe that you deserve to
be successful and happy. Then be willing to accept that abundance
when it arrives. Affirm aloud to the universe each day, "I
joyfully accept all of the abundance and happiness the universe
has for me, NOW."
Step by Step - If your goal is to buy a house, you likely
have alot of smaller goals that must be accomplished first.
You will need to build up a savings for the downpayment. You
may need to clean up your credit report and pay down existing
debt. You will need to see if you qualify for a mortgage loan.
Always keep your ultimate goal in mind, but focus on the smaller
steps that will get you there first. If I wanted to drive
to California, I'd have to pay attention to the route I need
to take to get there, not just the destination. Write out
a list of the smaller steps that will help you reach your
goal, and then begin working on them one at a time. Don't
overwhelm yourself by thinking only of that big, shining vision
of the completed project.
No Matter What - Decide that you will do this, no matter what.
No matter what obstacles come up, no matter if your desire
and determination begin to fade. True success comes to those
who just won't give up. Make a promise to yourself that you
will continue working toward your goals no matter what happens.
Write this promise out and put it somewhere you will see it.
Read it aloud to yourself every single day.
Keep reminding yourself that nothing will change unless you
change it. Fuel your determination with positive thoughts
and keep moving forward. If obstacles come up, find a way
around them. If there is absolutely no way around a particular
obstacle, switch your focus and begin working on another aspect
of your goals. Many times obstacles will fade away if given
enough time, or sometimes a solution presents itself when
we least expect it. Let your determination glow hot and bright,
and burn away all doubts and fears. Know that you can do it,
and you will.
Wendy Betterini is a freelance writer who strives
to motivate, uplift, and inspire you to make your dreams a
reality. Visit her website, http://www.WingsForTheHeart.com
for more positive thoughts to help you on your journey.
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