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Monday, September 25, 2017

Simplifying Goal Achievement Through Great Goal Setting

At first it may appear that the setting of goals is the easy part. Whether the goal is financial, weight related or training for a marathon, it can be defined by clearly deciding what you want to achieve and by expressing it in positive, precise terms. 

Goals can be further refined in terms of SMART criteria, or the SAMITE formula as used in the Goals Workshop program, i.e. Specific, Achievable, Measurable, Inspirational, Time related and Ecological.

Here we use Ecological to mean goals set in harmony with other people and other goals. A goal well set is a goal half achieved – Jim Rohn For many people however, clearly expressing what they want is a challenge, committing it to paper even more so. It is at this point the conscious or subconscious fears and beliefs begin to surface, such as the fear of failure or criticism or ingrained beliefs relating of inadequacy or unworthiness. These factors may help to explain why an estimated 97% of the population do not have clear, written goals.

Goal setting is an opportunity to commit to a future course of action or bring into effect a new set of desired circumstances. The limiting beliefs which may or may not be valid now can be overcome and replaced with new empowering beliefs, whilst new habits and skills can be learned to propel you towards your goal. In short – the past does not equal the future. Once a goal has been set, the process of achieving it has already begun. Your Reticular Activating System, the part of your brain that filters irrelevant information, is immediately programmed to seek opportunities and pathways which will lead to your new goal. It may be possible to reach your destination just by tuning in to these new opportunities as they present themselves while taking the necessary action. However, to further refine the goal achieving process, additional guidance is offered.

Begin by projecting yourself forward in time to the point when your goal is achieved. Whether that is the dream job, relationship, financial target or clothing size, imagine what the achievement of that goal will feel like, look like, taste or smell like. Engage your senses and emotions to get a clear sensory image of the goal achievement.

The next step is to work backwards from that point, so if your goal is set for one year in the future, work back a month and consider ‘What would have had to happen, in order for the goal to be on course?’ For example, if your goal was to land a dream job, by January next year, what would have had to happen by December? Perhaps a series of interviews or meetings?

By November you would have had to submit some enquiries or applications. By October your CV or Resume and cover letter would have needed to be polished up. Perhaps by September you would have needed to finish upgrading your skills or experience through courses or seminars, and so on. Working backwards from the completion of your goal will create a road map with the direction and actions to follow.

This process can be extremely effective when undertaken with a coach, mentor or trusted friend, especially someone who has prior experience of the goal you are seeking to achieve. Why not ask your boss for example, ‘what would I need to do to be ready for a promotion by next January’.

The setting and achievement of goals need not be a daunting or laborious process. Remember, you are taking steps to define and create your perfect future and what could be more positive than that?

Author: Daniel Britton

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