Make sure you read over the completed goal sheet several times a week and dream/imagine living the goal several times a week or even every day.
Close your eyes, relax, smile, and see your goal as though it were already a reality.
Visualizing the end result helps you act and feel as if you have already achieved your goal. This is what Olympic gold medalists do. They visualize over and over that they have won the race, jumped the highest, made the longest javelin throw and so on, because when the subconscious mind believes it has already achieved the goal it finds it easier to actually do – as it knows it can succeed, it will!
If you can’t picture yourself achieving the goal then the chances are that you won’t!
Base your goals firmly on your values.
Write or type them – don’t just have them in your head. Make them SMARTER.
Put some fun into your goals and enjoy the activity.
If it is appropriate, you can share your goals with others. Work-related ones in particular should be shared with your boss.
Align your goals and objectives with those of your boss and your organisation.
Evaluate your progress often to make sure your action steps are working.
Write the goals in the present tense and word them positively, because if you write ‘I will do whatever…’ this does not tell the subconscious mind to start working today. It will put things off until tomorrow and we all know tomorrow never comes!
Reward yourself along the way when you achieve your mini goals – it is what keeps you going when things get tough.
Make sure you really want the goal to enable you to achieve success.
Review and make sure you are making progress. Analyse why the goal is not being met. Work out what you need to do to accomplish it.
The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go and what you want to achieve, and therefore where you need to concentrate your efforts.
Setting goals properly can be incredibly motivating. As you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you’ll find that your self-confidence grows fast.
Sign your goal-setting form – that makes it a binding contract (subconsciously it will make you achieve it).
Set priorities. When you have several goals, give each a priority and do not have too many at the same time. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
You should set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It is disheartening if you do not achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control.
Once you have achieved a goal:
Take the time to enjoy the satisfaction and implications of achieving the goal.
Reward yourself when you achieve goals and even when you achieve milestones in the goals you set. All of this helps you build the self-confidence you deserve.
Evaluate how easily you achieved the goal. If you conclude your goals are set too low or are not challenging enough, then set harder and more challenging ones that will increase your self-confidence and self-belief.
Learn from achieving the goal – assess what went well and what didn’t go so well, and evaluate and revise your other goals accordingly. Write the findings in your personal development plan.
Even though you achieved the goal you may have realized there is a skill gap or that you might need some experience in a certain area. If so, set another goal to achieve this.
If you fail to achieve a goal, look at whether you need to set slightly easier goals so that they are achievable. Learn from the outcome.
Evaluate your goals and revise them regularly as things change, including ourselves!
Look carefully at yourself, accept full responsibility for your choices, decisions and actions. Set your goals and objectives and move in the direction you want to go.
Develop an attitude of unshakable confidence in yourself and your ability to reach your goals. Everything in this chapter is about building your ‘self-awareness’, ‘self-confidence’ and ‘self-belief’. You should now be absolutely convinced that nothing can stop you from achieving what you set out to achieve.
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