Part Three: Goal Planning
This program of goal setting is bigger then you can imagine. It will transform your whole life. These life-changing concepts presented here, once started, will help you accomplish more on a daily basis then you could ever dream possible. As you work a goal setting program like this one, what you will be doing in reality is prioritizing your life. You will be laying out the roadmap of your life and ultimately your success. Think of it like this, people spend more time planning their wedding then they do their own life. They spend enormous amounts of time planning a two week holiday then their complete 90 year life.
Take the time to study and develop a “goal mindset” laid out on this website. By so doing you will train yourself to succeed daily. The foundations of this website are built on the concept that self-esteem and achieving goals go hand in hand. Although we talk a lot about setting goals, what we are really striving at is increasing your self esteem, your personal self image. With strong self esteem you can accomplish ANYTHING you set your mind to. So if you follow this program, the end result will be greater self confidence, and higher self esteem. Setting, and then achieving your goals will work miracles for your self image.
The absolute starting point for a complete goals program is that you must begin with your definition of your purpose in life. Your one reason for living. Start by defining the ONE PURPOSE that you believe in. The one concept that you KNOW is right and are willing to base your existence on. Yes it is THE BIG ONE. All your other goals and successes in life must be pointed towards this ONE big goal. The best graphical image is the triangle shape. At the very top will be this one Big goal. Everything must in some way revolve around this ONE goal in your life. All your other goals ( financial, physical etc…) will be under this one goal. For many it is a esoteric goal, one that is centered on spirituality, and one that is most definitely not related to anything tangible. Take the time now to think this through. Be clear about it. For some it is OK to admit that it is hard to define this. But by working this goals program, you will eventually get the “goal mindset” and the BIG ONE will make itself evident for you.
Everything about the SIX STEPS TO SUCCESS starts here. All the six principal categories that we call the “SUCCESS MATRIX” ( Financial, Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Career) must have their own individual goals. Like the triangle we mentioned earlier, each of these areas will have further daily goals under them. You must first apply these six steps of goal planning to each of these matrices. By so doing you will “map” out your complete dreams. They all work together. They all interconnect to form COMPLETE SUCCESS. Yes it takes work, and yes it’s true, nothing good in life comes free and easy.
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 around the forest looking for 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.