I read a great article on the topic achieve personal goals in the Higher Bracket weekly newsletter. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this website, it is gear to those individuals who are six-figure (higher income bracket) job searching.
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I have a few goals that have been stuck in my head for the last couple of years but are far from being accomplished. I consider them to be pretty important things I want to achieve but I keep on procrastinating or thinking I’m working towards them when I’m really not. Brian Tracy’s article Success Through Goal Setting gave me clarity as to why I cannot achieve personal goals.
In fact I was so inspired by Success Through Goal Setting that I wanted to share it with.
The big reason as to why I haven’t achieved those goals I previously mentioned is that I haven’t set them even though I know how important goal setting is.
Why People Don’t Set Goals:
1. They are not serious about them.
2. Don’t know the importance of goal setting.
3. Don’t know how to goal set because there was little or no emphasis of it growing up.
4. Fear of rejection from others (especially family and friends) and afraid of being laughed at.
5. Fear of failure.
This was a really great quote in Brian Tracy’s article I wanted to share:
“The fact is that it is impossible to succeed without failing. Failure is an indispensable prerequisite for success. All great success is preceded by great failure. If you wish to fulfill your potential, you have to be willing to risk failure over and over and over, because there is no way that you can ever accomplish worthwhile goals until you have fallen on your face so many times that you have eventually learned the lessons that you need for great achievement…A key to succeeding through goal-setting is expecting temporary setbacks and obstacles as inevitable parts of the goal-achieving process.”
The article goes on the say that talent and energetic people have a hard time staying focus because they have so many things they want to do and end up doing nothing at all. In goal setting we need to focus all our mental and physical energy in a single direction towards that pre-established objective. A clear or well-defined goal through goal setting gives you a target and enables you to develop self-discipline and momentum to continue to work towards it and not be distracted.
Brian gives us five keys to help achieve personal goals more effectively.
They conveniently spell out the word “GOAL” so it’s easy to remember. I added some examples (“smart goals”) to help you get started.
G – Get to it! Start today and move towards your goal. Don’t worry about long-term goals, focus on the short-term. What you can do now.
O – Opportunities! Don’t wait for them to happen, create your own. Prepare yourself now by reading and becoming an expert in your field, signing up to newsletters and networking and reaching out to others who have already accomplished what you want to do.
A – Abilities! Find out what you need to know in order to have the life you want. Then start finding those resources that will give you want you need.
L – Leadership of your life! Take responsibility to get results by taking charge of your time and life. It’s up to you to make appointments with yourself to work on those goals.
S – Stay with it! The greatest asset is staying with it more than anyone else. Most people quit right before they’re about to achieve success.
For those of you who are serious about achieving goals I suggest you read the full article on achieve personal goals here.