We must control what we’re doing to be successful. As we clarify our goals we are able to help steer our organizations. It’s easy for a leader to lose her way. The result will be disastrous. The same can be said for the individual!
“If you don’t have personal goals, you’re controlled by those who do.” – Garrison Wynn
Imagine if we have no goals, or a list of the ‘things we want to do,’ or ‘things we want to achieve.’ Life would have absolutely no direction. That’s why goals become important — because they give our life a definite direction, force us to think about what we hope to achieve in life, and take the necessary steps to achieve the same. It helps us at several levels because while we set about achieving those goals, we also acquire numerous skills and qualities. All in all, setting goals helps in our growth as human beings.
Here are a couple of suggestions I provide participants in my seminars:
Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve?
Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?
Once you’ve realized what your goals are, the next step is to list them out. There are a number of ways of going about this. You can list them under categories that pertain to ‘general,’ ‘professional’ or ‘personal’ goals and then further list them out under the ‘long term’ and ‘short term’ goals. Now, you need to put some action to your goals. If you don’t, you’re not going to progress much farther.
One last question. Are you where you want to be? How far are you away from your goals?
This is your action plan for the week. Simply write out one thing you can do to get closer to your goal. Then, complete the thing you have written down.
I hope this very brief overview can help you get started on the road towards achieving your goals. I am confident you can get there. Now, stop reading this blog and get to work on your goals. I know you can do it.
Yves Johnson is a Speaker an Author. He has written two books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries and CEO of CornerStone Leadership Consulting. He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp