Let's look at the four basic goal-setting principles that'll give your goals the magnetic attraction they need and propel you towards success.
Remember to think success - Your goals must be personal to you.
Goals will have little or no meaning, appeal or personal value if they do not satisfy your needs.
State your goals positively. Write them down if necessary. In fact, the act of writing down your objectives aids in their visualisation.
Your goals must be realistic and attainable. Unrealistically high goals lack motivational power. Your goals must represent an objective that you are willing and able to work for. (There's no such thing as a free lunch).
Your goals must include personality changes. Too many people are willing to set goals " to have' but not "to be." Developing the necessary personality characteristics you lack is essential and must be achieved before the more tangible goals of 'having' can be reached. This is perhaps the most important goal of all for if you won't change then nothing will!
Types of goals:
Short - Range Goals.
Quick achievement of short-range goals reinforces your confidence. Helping to build enthusiasm and form success habits. (Think success and you'll be a success; think failure and you'll fail.)
Success also elevates you one step higher allows you to see other possibilities not previously envisaged. But remember, a short-range goal is short in terms of time-span, not effort applied (no pain = no gain) for there's no motivation in a goal too easily achieved. Long- Range Goals. These are your 'ultimate' goals. They require a high degree of foresight, perception and courage to set and a great deal of planning and work to achieve. Sometimes these far-off goals have little power to motivate you and that's why a carefully planned series of short- term goals can help. A carefully planned series of intermediate steps can make any long-range goal seem more concrete and realistic.
Tangible Goals. These are goals for attaining measurable achievements or desirable possessions and are based on both needs and desires. A tangible need is usually a short-range goal. If you want something NOW then set in motion a short-range goal. Do something, anything, to increase your need/desire. Remember, the more passion/desire/emotion/effort you set in motion the sooner you'll see a measurable result or receive your desirable possession.
Intangible Goals. These are the internal changes required on your road to success. Make it a priority to change your thinking to change your routines and to encourage those personality traits you wish to develop. Lose weight; give up cigarettes, cut back on the alcohol, etc. This could be the hardest type of goal but in achieving any kind of personality change, no matter how small leads to…
Tangible Desires. Believe it or not, you'll automatically gravitate towards or attract to yourself the people, the situations, the talents, the abilities and financial capacity to bring about all you desire.
Your goals are your goals. Don't allow others to deter you or influence you. Take one step at a time and you'll succeed. When you reach your goals make periodic revisions of your objectives for in achieving your successes your horizons will expand and you'll see other possibilities. Remember - the only person limiting you is YOU.
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