If you are still unsure about whether goal-setting is for you, I challenge you to give it a try.
If you are like me, you will find that you did not realize what you were missing. The process can add more meaning to your life in ways that are hard to imagine:
- Think about being more present and confident as you move forward on your life’s journey
- You have a roadmap and some understanding of the path you wish to travel to your destination
Life Goals are Like GPS
When you travel, your GPS will usually get you where you want to go. Having the kind of detail GPS provides allows you to relax.
Goals similarly help to stay on track in life. It is so easy to get busy and not understand where you are headed. This was one reason I hit the wall relatively early in my career. I was not setting broad goals in all areas of life. I had a vague understanding of where I wanted to go in business, but I had not properly processed how I would get there.
That resulted in a focus on work and not much else. Ironically, I have coached and worked with many people who were and are in the same place. They are driving towards something that requires a lot from them, but they are unclear on what or why.
When you face burnout, business failure or job loss, you are challenged to deal with reality. If you do not deal with the situation properly, you will tend to seek out the next thing and start the process over again.
This can result in:
- health challenges,
- relationship challenges (including divorce),
- financial challenges
- and more.
It pays to crystallize your goals and develop a plan to achieve them. If doing so requires help, find a coach to assist you along the way. Consider it an important investment in your future. You deserve it, as do those you love and serve.
Take Action Toward Your Goals
Goals are powerful, but rarely realized when action is not taken to achieve them. Many people set goals and feel that the work is done. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In many respects, the work has just begun.
The process of taking action in a consistent and organized way follows setting goals in the most important areas of life.
Set a Timeframe
The timeframe will vary depending your goal. I often encourage clients to think in terms of one-, three- and five-year goals. We also discuss legacy goals, which can have a long-term horizon of 200 years or more.
“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.”
—Napoleon Hill, author
After your goals have been established, developed an action plan for each one:
- Evaluate the likely benefits of achieving the goal and the losses that can be avoided.
- Think through potential obstacles and develop solutions for each one.
- List each step necessary to achieve the goal, along with a target date for completion.
- Decide how you will be accountable.
Reflect on Your Progress
Following this process can enhance your work performance and lead to personal fulfillment. Take action, then reflect on your progress.
As you begin experiencing success, you will likely feel a sense of joy. I encourage you to make goal-setting a part of your life, and find ways to encourage others to do the same.
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