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The future is bright for the people who believe in the beauty of their dreams. It is therefore important to set goals that will keep you committed to your success. The following are steps of goal setting adopted from the book, Born to win by Zig Zaglar
1. Identify the goal.
If you don’t identify a target, you will never hit it. When you identify a goal, it means that you write it down and describe it clearly. Don’t set any nebulous targets. If you want to have specific success, you must have specific targets.
2. List the benefits for that goal: what’s in it for me?
Once you identify a specific goal, you need to list the benefits you will receive when you reach that goal. We only love doing the things we want to do and are willing to do. If there are no personal benefits, your motivation for completing the goal will be diminished. Remember that changing your life is not always easy, you will hit some rough spots in the road as you move forward. You will need all the personal motivation you can muster, and understanding what’s in it for you is vitally important. Don’t skimp on this step!
3. List the obstacles you have to overcome.
Think through and make a complete list of all the things that can prevent you from being successful.
Ask a trusted friend who knows you well to help you finish the list. Once you make this list, you can prepare yourself in advance to overcome it the obstacles
4. List the skills and knowledge required.
Knowledge gives us the power to accomplish things we would not otherwise be able to do, and skills give us the tools to take advantage of our knowledge. There is a direct relationship between knowing and doing, and successfully accomplishing your goals will require that powerful combination. Never forget that knowledge and skill will be required to successfully complete any goal.
5. Identify the people and groups to work with.
When you set your goals, consider the people and the groups you can work with that can help you be more successful. We do a better job when we have the help of others. These people will help you with knowledge and skills and can offer valuable advice you need to be successful.
6. Develop a plan of action.
This is the most critical step, and it involves thinking through the details of how you will achieve your goal. Success will elude you if you fail to plan the details of what you will do each day to reach your goal. By developing a plan of action and following it, you will change both yourself and the world.
7. Set a deadline for achievement.
All goals need a completion date to be effective. If you don’t set a deadline for completing your goals, you will not be accountable to yourself or anyone else. If you are not accountable for your goals, you will not achieve them.
Set your goals and believe in them. Have hope in God and be committed.