You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
How will you attain your goals?
What will you need to do? When?
Many people love to dream about where they want to go and then they want to get there NOW! What they forget is the necessity of a plan.
Do you know what a study by Harvard University found concerning goal setting success? They conducted a survey of a group of individuals who retired at the age of 65 concerning their financial security. The survey showed that 3% of the group met their financial goals and were independently wealthy when they retired. Ten percent (10%) lived comfortably with some excess income. Sixty percent (60%) barely get by and the remaining 27% are dependent on outside support.
The major difference in these groups is that the top 3% had set clearly defined goals and placed them in writing. The next 10% had goals “in mind” but no written plans for their accomplishment. The middle 60% sometimes wish for something but because they have no goals, their wishes remain merely dreams. The bottom 27% has no goals except to exist. The conclusion of the research: A written goals program is essential to success.
What does this mean to you?
If you want to be moving in the direction of your dreams, you need to develop a plan, definitely in writing.
A lot of people get stuck here by thinking they need to put all their dreams into one big lifetime plan. Not so. Begin with developing a plan and setting of goals for something you know you can accomplish.
For instance, if you set a goal for the day, take a moment to write down the steps you will take to accomplish the goal that day. If you set a goal for a week, write down the steps you will take for the week. You may never actually look at the steps again, but your mind will have prepared itself to move in the direction you have identified.
The importance of the Plan of Goals is to help you to separate out the steps needed to obtain your dreams.
Let me give you an example.
Let’s say your dream is to build your business by 20% this year. As you build your goals, you will focus on what it will take to accomplish this task. How will your days look? What will be your focus? What will distract you?
Here’s another example:
Let’s say one of your dreams is to spend as much quality time with your children as possible. As you begin to plan for the day, you may decide to put aside cleaning closets and instead go to the zoo with your children. You will clean the closets next week when the kids are going to Grandma’s for the day.
Do you see how your dreams about what you want your life to be like will influence how you plan and set goals?
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