Setting and Achieving a Goal: Part I

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The prophets of doom will tell you that a goal system doesn’t work.  They will tell you they tried and tried to achieve their goals but always fail.  So who are the prophets of doom? Anybody and anyone who doesn’t truly follow a goal oriented system.

A goal can be anything form losing weight, to a better relationship with your.  In fact you achieve goals all the time and probably don’t even know it.  For instance, tonight you are going to go to bed.  That is a goal.  Sure its easy and you are going to fall asleep eventually, but the fact is the end goal is going to bed and the steps along the way to get there are probably, take a shower, brush your teeth, turn the heat/ac up or down until finally you lay down in bed and pull the covers over you.  That in essence are the steps you follow to get to the end goal of falling asleep in bed.

But here is the difference between the example above and let’s say a goal to lose weight.  The example above is easy and you do it everyday.  In fact you probably have done it your whole life and it has now just become routine. 

Think of your goals as an apple tree.  The apples closer to where you can reach them without a ladder are probably not the nicest or tastiest.  You see anyone can reach those apples.  In other words it doesn’t take much effort to get those apples closest to you.  On the other hand the apples at the top are probably a lot better.  They get direct sunlight, they are harder to reach so not everybody is touching them and the list goes on and on. 

Your easy goals, such as the example of sleep, are those apples at the bottom.  The harder ones, such as losing weight, are at the top.  And just like those apples at the top, there is something between you and those harder goals, otherwise you would already be there.  In the case of the apples, that “something” is height.  You get the picture.

Let me start by saying that a goal must be measureable.  In other words, “I want to make a lot of money”, is not a measureable goal.  “I want to make a million dollars by the end of 5 years”, is a measureable goal.  If you can’t measure it how can you write the steps to achieve it? 

Also your goal must have an end date.  “I want to lose 10 pounds”, although a measureable number, by when do you want to lose those 10 pounds?  One week, one year, ten years?  You need to put a length of time to achieve that goal.  It can be lofty or conservative, but I recommend going for something in the middle.  This way you can set the bar high enough to be out of reach, but not too high to where you will give up.

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