We'd like to welcome you to another power packed issue of the Motivational and Inspirational Corner Newsletter. This month we're going to focus our time together on the five "W's" of goal setting. These five important goal setting ingredients for making sure your dreams do come true are who, what, when, where and why.
Let's start with the "who' part of the equation for establishing powerful, motivating and action oriented goals for ourselves. The who we are talking about in this instance is you. The only person who can set stimulating, motivating and inspiring (or for that matter, unexciting and boring) goals for yourself is you. No doubt about it, effective goal setting always begins and ends with you. Now that fact can be very exciting and move you to action or very unsettling and cause you to hide, depending on your level of self confidence and self esteem.
Winners want the ball at crunch time. They are the ones who are quick to make firm commitments and then follow up their commitments with resolute action. These winners readily accept the personal responsibility that comes with super achievement. They maintain control of their lives by controlling their own actions and decisions. They set goals for themselves - and then set out to make these goals a reality.
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
- T.S. Eliot -
Would-be winners, on the other hand, want nothing to do with making important decisions and they shun personal responsibility like the plague. They don't want to make decisions, they don't want to take actions and they don't want to take chances. Not surprisingly, they rarely make history either.
Accepting personal responsibility for who you are and where you're headed puts you light years ahead of the rest of the crowd. By boldly taking on the challenges you encounter daily and moving relentlessly towards the attainment of your goals, you have the "who" part covered.
Next on our list is the "what" part of effective goal setting. This "what" component is crucial. The what gives specificity to the goals you are setting. Ask yourself the following questions. What do you want to achieve? What is it going to take to get where you want to go? What kind of obstacles are you likely to encounter on your trip to the top? Once you get the "what" portion of our goal setting equation covered, you should then move on to the "when".
When should be fairly obvious, shouldn't it? After all, there's never been a better time and a better place than right now to do your best and be your best. By asking yourself the following questions, you'll get a clear indication of your readiness to make your dreams come true. When are you going to get started? When will you begin implementing your plan? When will you begin demanding the best from yourself? The answer, if you haven't guessed it already, is always right now.
You've got to be ready, willing and able to put our very best to the test every single day. If you're not ready to get the ball rolling right now, when will you be? In order to get where you want to go, you've got to get started right now.
Speaking of where you want to go, do you know exactly where you want to go in life? All of us have at one time or another held in our hearts and our minds a crystal clear picture of the life we long to live. There, deep inside of us - we could see it, touch it, feel it and live it. Winners realize that they could never conceive of a picture perfect future in their minds without having the capability of living it as well.
Winners know that if they can conceive it in their minds and believe it in their hearts, the can achieve it in every day action. This "where" factor is the driving mechanism of goal setting. By regularly painting a sensory rich future in their minds, winners light the fire to make these dreams come true. Winners know exactly where they're going and they want to get there as quickly as possible.
Last but certainly not least, the "why" of goal setting should never be understated. People do things for reasons. Winners have their reasons or "why" and so do the would-be winners.
The reason why would-be winners never realize their tremendous God given abilities is fairly simple when you think about it. These born winners have been conditioned to fail. They are so caught up in squeaking out a living and doing whatever they can to simply survive that they never focus on the bigger picture. They don't see themselves winning in life. They don't see themselves making a difference. They don't see the ample opportunity that avails itself to them every day of their lives.
The would-be winners of life are so worried about avoiding pain, making mistakes and taking chances that they rarely if ever think about setting positive, worthwhile and motivating goals for themselves and their families. They don't see why they should make the effort and as a result, many go to their graves with their songs still in them. What a needless tragedy!
How about you? Do you have a compelling "why" in your life? Sure you do, we all do. The "why" is the cable that ties everything together. Think about it for a moment. Why should you do your best - and then do it even better? Why should you make today the best day you've ever experienced in your life? Why should you set challenging, exciting, life changing goals? You know why, don't you? Always remember that opportunities are never lost; some one will take each and every one you miss.
Life is about accepting responsibility, taking chances and making choices. By incorporating the five "W's" into your daily goal setting routine, your life is sure to be the unbelievably rousing success story you've always believed it would be. Who, what, when ,where and why? Get busy answering these five "W's" goal setting questions and we'll see you at the top.