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Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Reaching Your Goals

The problem with most goals is that they are usually vague and general. We do not clarify our outcomes in detail and then determine exactly how we are going to get there. To get what you want, you need to know what you want and you need to know what you want before you can communicate it.

For really important goals, take time to answer the following questions in detail. Your goal will be well formed in both your mind's eye and in your heart. This format will assist you in transforming your dreams and desires into achievable goals.

1. What do you want?

Your goal must meet certain criteria for you to achieve the best results. It must be stated in the positive (not what you don't want). It must be something initiated or controlled by you (not, I want someone else to do X). It must be as specific as possible (make an additional $500/week above my current level vs. more money).

2. What will achieving your goal do for you?

This will give you the underlying outcome behind what you want (at this point you can adjust what you want, or not). Look for the emotional DRIVER for your goal or be prepared to kiss it goodbye. If you do not have a powerful desire you cannot expect to be going past the established barriers in your life.

3. How will you know when you have it?

Describe what you will see, hear and feel upon achievement. Be very specific here and fill in as much detail as possible. Try describing a movie of your achievement.

4. How will others know when you have it?

Describe what an outsider would see, hear and feel (e.g., they will see me stand taller and move with deliberation). What will they notice different about you?

5. Where, when, and with whom do you want it?

Have a clear context for your goal. Be specific, and describe in detail where, when (time frame), and with whom (who will be there with you?).

6. What stops you from having it already?

This will help you identify the barriers to your achievement: the areas to be aware of and that must be handled in order to achieve. In particular look to the emotional "benefits" of NOT succeeding. Looking deeply in this area ALWAYS yields results.

7. How will your desired outcome affect other areas of your life?

This is a part many people overlook. It reflects the "ecology" of your life. How will this outcome affect the system that is your life? Note both positive and negative consequences of achieving this goal. It is also important to realise that some areas of your life will dramatically improve because of a victory in this one.

8. What resources do you already have that will contribute to getting your outcome?

Take stock of what you already have available to assist you (experience, friends, tools.) in your quest. What do you have that could be used in a different way than normal? What can or could you trade for what you need?

9. What additional resources do you need in order to get your outcome?

What else do you need? Step back and be specific. Who can help and in what way could they do it? What "stuff" can you start assembling that will help? This will give you fuel for action, and resources to pursue.

10. How are you going to get there?

Is the first step specific and achievable? Is there more than one way to get there? What can you do to break it down into smaller steps? Be creative - you'll be amazed at what you can come up with..

Take the time necessary to take all of your goals through this process.

This works great for changing unproductive behaviours as well!

Work at it; the rewards will be worth it.