Change Your Life By Altering Your Attitude and Goals!

Goal setting tips and tools will lead to success, if they are combined with ability and the right attitude. Remember achieving a goal requires commitment.

Lack of ability is not why people fail. And it is not the lack of courage or even intelligence. People fall short because they fail to set goals.

If each person would take the time to know themselves, they would be much more likely to succeed. It is necessary to do some self-analysis. Get to know your weaknesses and strengths.

For example, could you be happy working indoors and at a desk? Every 15 year old knows that answer. Are you a natural at estimating or calculations? Are you better at socializing and working with others? This type of self-analysis will help you select the correct job or profession.

Many people work hard but feel as though they are just drifting aimlessly. They don't seem to be getting what they want out of life. They lack motivation. The solution is to find out what you really want to do with your life. That will get you motivated. Then follow the goal setting tips and suggestions below.

Goal Setting Tips!

Does every successful person have goals? Of course, the answer is YES! Good things just don't happen to us - we need to make them happen. We need to plan our future, if we want it to be a good future.

I would tell my co-workers that I consciously do something for my future every day. It could be something small like walking up the steps to my 5th floor office rather than taking the elevator. (I did do that every day for 36 years.)

Sometimes goal setting requires something major such as deciding to increase my funding of my retirement plan.

You see, in this country, we have the freedom to plan our future. We can spend money on "stuff" that we will eventually discard or we can add to our savings. We have a choice.

Do successful business people or top-level athletes or achievers in all fields set goals? Yes, they do. Why? Because without a destination or goal, we will drift aimlessly - like a ship without a rudder.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • We need a long-term vision of our goal combined with short-term motivation.
  • We need to know our strengths, abilities and competence in order to get the most out of our lives.
  • We need to measure our accomplishments and take pride in our achievements.
  • By organizing our time and creating daily successes, we will raise our self-confidence.
  • We need to concentrate our efforts and avoid distractions.

How To Set A Goal!

  • Make it a positive statement. For example, "I will save $100 more than I saved last month." That is specific and precise. There is no ambiguity in that statement.
  • Write it down and place the statement where you will see it often - several times each day. This adds power to your commitment.
  • Goal setting requires a change in what you do. It is a personal change. Therefore, you must be committed to it.
  • A goal must be realistic. For example, becoming a professional football player is not going to happen if you are 45 years old.
  • Most goals should be measurable so that they are not subject to interpretation. (See the $100 example above.) However, there will be goals that cannot be measured. For example, "I want to try to be a better mother."

Napoleon Hill (author of Think and Grow Rich) states: "The starting point of all achievement is desire."

Daily Goals versus Lifetime Goals!

Some goals are truly lifetime goals. An example would be when we get married. But some goals, at the other extreme, are daily goals such as doing a "workout".

There are goals that will take months or years to accomplish such as getting a college degree. But, even these goals must be broken down into small bite-size goals such a getting a B (or better) in a particular course.

I believe that all goals must be reduced to daily goals. Whether the goal is career-oriented, financial or physical (weigh loss), it must be addressed daily to be accomplished.

Final Word on Goal Setting Tips!

For a goal to come true, one needs to believe that there is something in it for him/her or a loved one.

Enjoy the achievement. That will keep you motivated.

If the goal is too easy to achieve, make it harder. If it is too hard, make it easier. Remember, we learn by doing. So, get started doing.

We will grow in knowledge and experience as we progress toward our goal. It may require some goal adjustments to be made.

The goals that we choose must be our goals - not our family's or friend's goals.

We can change our lives by altering our attitude and setting goals.

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