How do you set goals? Different schools of thoughts and different thought leaders would argue their method is the best. However, the one thing everyone will agree upon is that if you want to succeed in life, you need to set goals. Simple as that!
As the definition says, a goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.
“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” Zig Ziglar
Goals allow you to be focussed. They help you to know where you are heading. Goals provide a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Goals motivate you and create accountability. If you want to take control of your life, get clarity of you end vision and focus on the important things, you must have goals.
“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey
Recently, I had the amazing opportunity of visiting one of the last paradises on earth, Nomads Land, an island in the untouched archipelago of Koh Totang, Cambodia. Being completely off the grid, with no electricity or running water, I had the opportunity to clarify my purposes.
Now, just to be clear, you do not need an island or a holiday to set your goals. What you need is a pen, paper, time and “peace”.
One extremely important advice I want to give you to get started is to never set as your goal something that a dead person can do better than you. Any goal that is about not doing something or stopping doing something is a dead person’s goal. You need to convert it to a live person’s goal. If you are trying to stop smoking, rather than setting “I am not smoking again” as a goal, ask yourself: ‘If I was no longer doing this activity (smoking) what would I be doing with my time? How would I be acting differently?
Now that you know how to start, do it! Change your paradigm, from “Ready. Aim. Fire” to “Ready. Fire. Aim”