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Welcome to The Motivational and Inspirational Corner Newsletter. We're really pleased to have you join us as we talk about this month's topic - the importance of setting and achieving life changing goals.
Goal setting is not a new topic. Winners have long endorsed the importance of having a well defined set of written goals. Setting a goal or group of goals is a fairly easy process. Saying you're going to do something and doing it can in many instances be on the opposite ends of the spectrum. People make and immediately break all sorts of goals all of the time. New Year's resolutions are a prime example of how people set a goal but fall off the wagon shortly thereafter. The there are the folks who have a variety of goals -- lose weight, stop smoking, make more sales and the like - but ultimately never attain the goals they have set for themselves.
Why do these people, many of which are well intentioned, fall short in the pursuit of their goals? In a word, their goals lacked power! Winners set big goals, exciting goals, goals that challenge them and move them to action. Only these kind of soul stirring goals can motivate an individual to action.
"A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and deadline."
-- Goal setting quote by Harvey Mackay --
Obviously, there's more to this goal setting business than simply setting the goal. In order to set and then attain a goal, the goal needs to be 1) well defined and in writing, 2) attainable in the person's mind and 3) important to the individual setting the goal. In addition, the goal setter must have a well defined plan of action to achieve the goal and there has to be an established timetable for the completion of the goal.
"The reason people most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way and who they will be sharing the adventure with them."
-- Goal setting quote by motivational speaker and author Denis Waitley --
First things first. The initial step in goal setting is to define the goal and write it down. The act of reducing the goal into writing cannot be overemphasized. Specific, well defined goals, written goals have the highest potential for achievement and make the goal seem attainable to the goal setter.
"Goals. There's no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there's no telling what will happen when you act on them."
-- Goal setting quote by motivational speaker and author Jim Rohn --
The individual setting the goal must do so for the right reasons. Trying to lose weight because someone else wants that person to do so is doomed right from the start. Unless the goal setter wants to lose the weight and is committed to the effort, the attempt will soon fall by the wayside. In order for the goal to have real staying power, the goal must be important to the person setting the goal.
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
-- Goal setting quote by Abraham Lincoln --
There needs to be a game plan for the realization of the goal. Tom Landry, the long time coach of the Dallas Cowboys had this to say about goal setting: "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan." Effective goal setters work overtime in devising game plans that work and then put them into action, knowing full well that they will need to make adjustments on the fly. Just like Coach Landry during a football game, goal setters amend their plans as the game progresses. They don't wait for the perfect plan or the perfect time to implement them either. They simply put together a solid game plan and jump in with both feet.
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
-- Goal setting quote by Helen Keller --
Finally, a timetable for the achievement of the goal must be clearly defined. The timetable should be aggressive enough to push the individual, but not to the point that the goal setter becomes overwhelmed by pressure and time constraints. There you have it. The ABC's of goal setting. We encourage you to set big, exciting, life changing goals and then work them relentlessly, with purpose and passion, until you turn them into reality. Paul J. Meyer, who founded the Success Motivation Institute, had this to say about the value of goal setting: "Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile goals."
Follow these ABC's and every dream you've ever conceived in your mind and believed in your heart -- can become a dream come true.
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
-- Motivational goal setting quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt --
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