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Goal Setting 101

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Summary:
We all have goals. Some goals are long-term and some are short-term. Some
are goals we have shelved for so long they are dusty and covered with
cobwebs. Some are freshly minted. However for those of us who are not as
successful in life as we would wish we often despair of achieving our
goals. Some goals seem out-of-reach and unattainable. This does not have
to be what actually happens. We have the power within ourselves to change
our lives and the place to begin is when we ar...


Keywords:
inspiration, motivation, self help, success, self improvement, goal,
visualization, happiness


Article Body:
We all have goals. Some goals are long-term and some are short-term. Some
are goals we have shelved for so long they are dusty and covered with
cobwebs. Some are freshly minted. However for those of us who are not as
successful in life as we would wish we often despair of achieving our
goals. Some goals seem out-of-reach and unattainable. This does not have
to be what actually happens. We have the power within ourselves to change
our lives and the place to begin is when we are setting our goals.

There are simple rules that make it more likely for us to achieve our
goals and the first is to follow the K.I.S.S. principle. In other words,
keep it simple stupid. The more elaborate and complicated we make our
goals then the less likely we will be to follow through with them.

The best way to simplify your goal setting is to only set one goal -- the
ultimate goal. After that then everything else is just details. What is
the ultimate goal? What is your final destination? When you are on your
deathbed and you cast a look back over your life then what do you want to
see accomplished there? When you look around you what do you want to see?
That vision is your ultimate goal.

We all know that having a destination in mind makes traveling easier.
Knowledge of that destination helps us plan what to pack and controls our
transportation decisions. The same is true when it comes to setting goals
and achieving those goals. If we know our destination then we know what
to pack (and what to leave behind) and we can make better decisions about
how to reach that destination. Simplifying our goals to that one ultimate
goal also helps us focus on that one destination rather than constantly
detouring and losing our way. It also makes it easier to measure the
importance and relevance of so many other decisions that impact our daily
life when we have the measuring stick. If we take Path A or Path B which
will be more effective in reaching that ultimate destination?
Naming that ultimate goal for ourselves is a tremendously powerful tool
for our own success because so often we spend our time and energy
focusing on managing the details of our lives. We are simply reacting to
whatever is thrown at us by others or simply by daily life. However in
order to truly achieve success and achieve our goals then we must take
the lead and that means acting. Simply by setting our ultimate goal and
focusing our energy and time on that goal means that instead of reacting
we are now taking action. That action means we have taken a leadership
role in our own success. Simply by taking that action we are taking
control of our own life and that is a very powerful step toward success.

If you want to achieve more success in your life then you must set one
simple goal -- the ultimate goal for your life -- and you must get out in
front of the goal to take action with your life instead of reacting all
your life.

				
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