Goal setting is only the first step Goal setting is more than writing your goals on a sheet of paper. It is a trigger for you to plan, toil, persevere and achieve your goals. It will work if your goals are realistic, and your desires genuine. Otherwise, it will be nothing more than mere words on a sheet of paper. Goals have to be real, not just “great sounding”. Many a times it feels good to let the world know of your dreams and aspirations. But the question is: Are you really made for it? When setting goals it is important to remember that your goals must be consistent with your background and abilities. There are six areas where you need to set goals. These are: family, finances, career, health, education and spiritual needs. All these goals are interlinked, though each is a goal in itself and needs independent planning. The best way to set goals is to write them down because they act as a constant reminder of where you are and where you want to be. However, it makes sense to review these goals frequently, and make necessary modifications without losing track of your ultimate goal. This does not mean you have failed but that you understand your true potential. All goals must be specific. Instead of setting a goal of finding a better job, try and define what a better job means to you. Is it higher income or is it more power and satisfaction? Ideally, you must list two or three possibilities. The more information you put down, the clearer is the final outcome. There is no harm in dreaming big, provided that the big is achievable given your present circumstances. Also, the goals should be set in a positive frame of mind. They must exude optimism and confidence. You must work for what you want, not for what you want to leave behind. You must remember that setting goals amounts to taking position at the start line. You now have to run with others to achieve them.
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