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Understanding Goals

The ability to form and realize goals is the Number One achievement skill. Goals are essential to your happiness and success in life.

Without clear goals, you just drift and live your life without purpose. Without goals, change becomes unpredictable and a source of anxiety. Goals become a way to control the direction of change in our lives. If you don’t set goals, you will be condemned to always work for someone who does.

James Allen said you will become as small as your controlling desire or as great as your dominant aspiration. You will become what you think about most of the time.

If goals are so necessary to success, why do so few people do so? Some people don’t know how essential goals are, others fear failure or criticism from others, while some people just don’t know how to set goals.

I have fine-tuned an immediate goal-setting method that is a sure-fire achievement system that infuses focused energy into whatever you decide to do. You will begin to achieve and gain confidence almost immediately. You have the power to achieve whatever you want in life.

The first step is to eliminate negative emotions and remove yourself from the company of negative people or situations. You lose the power to see the future when you are dragged down by thoughts filled with anger, fear, envy, self-pity, or worry and anxiety. Negative thoughts are caused by feelings of inferiority. The cure for all negative emotions is to say: I am responsible. I like myself. If it’s to be, it’s up to me.

The next step is to decide what you really want out of your life. What are your basic values? What do you really want to be? Within you, there is at least one area of excellence in which you shine, in which your talent is extraordinary. This is your passion in life, the thing you love to do. It is also the way you will earn your greatest financial success.

If your passions are buried so deep that you no longer even recognize them, use this simple Goal Setting Exercise to discover them again. Write down the answers to these questions quickly, allowing yourself no more than 60 seconds for each: · What are your five basic values in life? What do you value most in life? Organize these values in order of importance. · How would you spend your time if you found out today that you only had six months to live? · How would you change your life if you won five million dollars in the lottery? · What have you always wanted to do, but been afraid to try? · What activities in life give you the greatest feeling of importance, joy, peace, or pleasure? · What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew that you could not fail?

The goals you need to set should be more apparent to you after this exercise. Goals should be balanced. Write down three to five goals in each area of your life: Personal/Family Career/Professional Self-improvement

The process of writing goals down on paper is essential. Re-copy the goals at least once a week, and make note of your progress. These are goals, not wishes.

Realize also that failure is a necessary part of the process. Fail forward, as if you are jumping stones across a river. You won’t reach success until you have failed enough to learn what you need to know. Persist beyond failure. Then when you do succeed, you will succeed big-time because you will have learned all your lessons.

Here are some more things to think about and write down as you form and move towards your goals. * Realize that there is a solution to every problem. Be confident that you can achieve every goal. * Practice back to the future thinking. Project forward 5 years and then work back to the present. Where do you want to be? What is your aiming point? What will have to happen to bring about that outcome? * Imagine your financial life was perfect in every way. What would you be earning? How much would you be worth? * Imagine your family life was perfect. What would be different? * Design your year from January to February as if you have no limitations. What would you change starting today? * Imagine your health was perfect. What can you do today to make that a reality?

Form you goals honestly and carefully because you WILL achieve them if you persist. You can reach any goal you choose… just be sure It’s what YOU really want.

Mack Newton

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