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POSITIVE VIBES: Accomplishing your goals can make you feel like a new person

IT HAS been revealed that annually, less than five per cent of the population sets goals, and an even smaller number actually write them down. But, even more profound are studies dating back to the 1940s that prove that the small number of people who do write down their goals are far more likely to achieve them than those who do not – and by a considerable margin.

Whether you like to set goals or not, know how to or not or believe in them or not, it is inarguable that you must have goals if you want to reach a significant level of success in business or life – and a great time to start or review your goal-setting process is at the beginning of a new year.

Before you start working on how you will achieve what you want to, creating goals starts with a vision – a vision that contains every single detail of an experience that will be marked as a success in life. A vision is not just a list of to-do items – it is a multidimensional mental image of something you are passionate about that is personally relevant and purposeful. With that
firmly in your mind, you can write achievable goals.

In writing goals, I like to encourage people to use the acronym POWER.

The P stands for Personal. Your goals have to be your own and those that you believe you can achieve.

The O in POWER is for Observable. There must be a way to measure whether or not you have actually accomplished
the goal.

W is obviously for Written. Get out a piece of paper and a pencil and write your goals down, and then display those
goals everywhere you can.

The E in POWER stands for Enticing. Your goals must not only be your own but they must create goosebumps.

Finally, the R in POWER stands for ‘Real Time’. Your goals should address the situations and opportunities you have before you today. The next step in goal achievement is defining the action plan. This is huge.

Many people fail by defining what they want to achieve – but then never really putting their feet on the ground to achieve it. If this happens to you it is not that you are lazy, it is just that we are so exhilarated by the vision and the goal that it is actually much more comfortable to stay there than really get started.

PLAN

So the real key to taking action on goals is to define a plan that addresses four key elements:

1. Obstacles
2. Resources
3. Priorities
4. Time

Ask yourself the question: “What are the first few things I must do tomorrow or in the coming week in order to make progress toward this goal?”

Immediately, what will come into your mind are elements or questions that you must answer in order to get your goal progress started. You have reflexively identifi ed ‘obstacles’ that must be addressed in order to make goal progress. Next, address resources by asking this question: “Who or what can help me in attaining my goal?”

Then, you will want to prioritise the tasks you identified that will overcome obstacles and the tasks that will leverage your resources by putting them in a logical sequence, according to what is most urgent to the achievement of the goal.

Finally, address the time by answering: “When are you going to schedule the action items you have outlined?”

So now you are ready to go. You have a vision that is governing your focus, your goals are clearly defined, you have an action plan firmly in place and have scheduled considering obstacles, resources, priorities and time. You are on your way to goal
achievement, right?

REWARD

Well, there is actually one other key component to powerful goal achievement, which is critical and often ignored – and that is the concept of setting rewards. Many people operate on the miscalculation that achieving your goal is a reward in itself, but that’s not really true. You have to consciously decide on the outset that when you reach the mountain’s summit, you are going to reward yourself by buying, doing or celebrating something.

Your subconscious mind needs to know that there is personal gratification involved in the plan; otherwise you will find yourself getting closer to the goal but slowing down as you edge closer towards it. So that’s the total picture. Goal achievement is about vision, clarity and action – and reward. It’s about those things that are most important to you, personally.

Our culture has trained us well to look forward to a new year as a new beginning, and that’s good news! The bad news is that few of us have a structure to help us plan effectively or have an accountability resource to keep us on track. But, with these
steps in place, by the time the calendar flips to February, you will be well in control of your goals. Good luck!

Steve Dailey is the founder of the Achievement Project. For more information, visit achievementbridge.com

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