THE SIX STEPS IN SETTING GOALS
There is an old story of a man who wakes up one morning and he is hungry. He decides that to eat he must hunt first. He quickly grabs his gun and heads out the door. As he walks through the forest looking for a game, a dense fog slowly surrounds him. Suddenly he can hear the wildlife all around him but he can’t shoot because of the fog. He thinks he hears a deer, then a partridge, no… maybe a rabbit. He checks his gun and realizes that he brought the wrong shotgun shells …. He realizes the futility of hunting in the fog with the wrong bullets and decides to head home. But he’s walked so far and the fog is now so thick, that he has lost his way and does not know the way home. He starts to get scared. He yells for help. Eventually, a fellow hunter hears him who goes out with a flashlight to rescue him.
This story is a classic example of how most people deal with life. Many people start out in life wanting or desiring to do something yet really don’t know where to start. They have an urge and a desire but do not recognize the value in planning, in GOAL SETTING. Setting a clear objective. Being prepared, before you start out. Our hunter came back empty handed for many reasons. First, he headed out without knowing the negative elements (did he check the weather forecast?). Secondly, how could he shoot any game without being able to see it? (Did he even know what it was he was shooting at?) Thirdly, he did not have the proper shells for the game that was around him. Fourthly, when all seemed lost he simply gave up (he did not plan out any alternatives). Anyone can have an idea about where they want to go in life, but they never really plan out exactly how they are going to get there.
Here is the SIX STEP PLAN to be successful in setting goals. Remember for true and lasting success, you must apply these six-goal planning steps to each and every area of your life ( Financial, Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Career)
- WRITE IT ALL DOWN – COMMIT TO IT
- LIST THE BENEFITS – SELL YOURSELF
- LIST THE PEOPLE / ORGANIZATIONS WHO WILL HELP – YOU’RE NOT ALONE
- LIST THE ROADBLOCKS – PREPARE FOR OBSTACLES
- BREAK IT DOWN – IT’S EASY TO EAT AN ELEPHANT!
- SET THE TIMELINE – TIME FOR A CELEBRATION
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