The Power of Goals

If nothing changed in your life over the next 3 years, would that be OK?

If you want different results next year, what are you willing to change in what you are doing now?

There is considerable evidence to indicate that expectations of your future do, in fact, tend to create your future. People usually end up pretty much where they expect. It seems reasonable then, to spend some time determining specific, worthwhile expectations that will make your life more meaningful. If you don’t have a written plan for your life, it may feel like you’re driving a car without having your hands on the wheel.

The best way to predict your future is to create it. Are you a goal setter? Do you typically set goals at the first of the year? If not, why not?

“With definite goals you release your own power, and things start happening.” Zig Ziglar

This is a basic starting format for goal setting. You may feel you are being rushed or hurried. However, you will find that if you do not begin to make decisions you will tend to procrastinate and your history will simply repeat itself. A quick decision is often the best decision and is certainly better than no decision. Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.

Goals are not written in concrete and unchangeable terms but they do give you a starting point and a destination. The important thing is that you are in charge when working on your goals. It is the easiest way to put yourself in the driver’s seat of your life. Your life has meaning only when you are working toward goals that you have decided on.

SUCCESS: The progressive realization of worthwhile goals.

In order for your purpose in life to be fulfilled, you must set goals in multiple areas. Success is not just career or financial – family, physical and spiritual are equally important areas of achievement. They are part of the same whole, balanced person. This is the whole person concept of career coaching provided by McGuire Coaching.

“Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men’s souls.” Daniel Burnam

Where are you now: Personal Checkup

1. Am I missing anything in my life right now that’s important to me? __ YES __NO
2. I know what I am passionate about. __ YES __NO
3. I am well organized, know how to focus on my top priorities and get a lot done every day. __ YES __NO
4. I have a written, strategic plan for my work and personal life with time lines and quantifiable measurements. __ YES __NO
5. I have ample time for my family, social relationships and feel good about the balance I have achieved. __ YES __NO
6. I spend time 4-5 times a week exercising to restore myself physically. __ YES __NO
7. I am regularly achieving my income goals. __ YES __NO
8. My life reflects my spiritual values and I am growing, maturing, and gaining wisdom in this area. __ YES __NO
9. I have studied and developed the new, creative ideas I have had this last year. __ YES __NO
10. I believe I am fulfilling my Mission in life. __ YES __NO

The next step: goal setting

Any stage in life can be an exciting time with many opportunities, or a dreary time of confusion and entrapment. You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can decide that the circumstances won’t dominate you. You do have choices.

Begin with the five-year goals and then work backward to what you need to do today to make deposits in what you want to be five years from now. Be specific, creating quantifiable benchmarks to track your deposits of success. There is something magical that happens when you write down your goals. You can transform your levels of success almost instantly simply as a result of getting clearly defined and written goals.

A Goal is a Dream with a Time Frame on it!

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