Published on March 7, 2014
YAKUBU, EMMANUEL OJOCHENEMI ACADEMY OF CORPORATE LEARNING AND INNOVATION(ACLI) firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.acli.com.ng firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 08036236165, 08095492756, 07025857006 IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” John Wooden “The secret of success is constancy of purpose” Benjamin Disrae
I am the glory of Jesus Christ (1Pet 1:11, Heb 12:2) I am his jewel of inestimable value (Mal 3:7) I am predestined to conform to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29) I am a bronze wall against the whole land (Jer. 1:18) I am a new threshing sledge (Isa 41:15) I am the chosen by the Lord (Isa 43:20) I am chosen and formed by the Lord (Isa 20:21) I am the planting of the Lord (Isa 60:19-20) I am the hand work of the Lord(Isa 60:19-20) I am the jewels of the Lord (Mal 3:17)
Many people feel as if they're adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile. A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven't spent enough time thinking about what they want from life, and haven't set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.
Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation . It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.
By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you'll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless toil. You will also raise your selfconfidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you've set.
Constantly read the book of this law and meditate on it day and night that you may truly do what It says, so that your plan be fulfilled and you shall Succeed in every thing.
“The eye…the window of the soul, is the principal means by which the central sense can most completely and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of nature” (Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519) ..they don’t call it hearing or scent, they call it “vision”….
You set your goals on a number of levels: First you create your "big picture" of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 10 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve. Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals. Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.
This is why we start the process of goal setting by looking at one’s lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that one can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.
Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it will be told. And the lord answered me , and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime (or at least, by a significant and distant age in the future). Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making. To give a broad, balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some of the following categories (or in other categories of your own, where these are important to you):
Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve? Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals? Education – Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals? Family – Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner or by members of your extended family?
Artistic – Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? (If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.) Physical – Are there any athletic goals that you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this? Pleasure – How do you want to enjoy yourself? (You should ensure that some of your life is for you!) Public Service – Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?
Spend some time brainstorming these things, and then select one or more goals in each category that best reflect what you want to do. Then consider trimming again so that you have a small number of really significant goals that you can focus on. As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or employers might want. (If you have a partner, you probably want to consider what he or she wants – however, make sure that you also remain true to yourself!)
Once you have set your lifetime goals, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan. Then create a one-year plan, six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals. Each of these should be based on the previous plan.
Then create a daily To-Do List of things that you should do today to work towards your lifetime goals. At an early stage, your smaller goals might be to read books and gather information on the achievement of your higher level goals. This will help you to improve the quality and realism of your goal setting. Finally review your plans, and make sure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life.
Once you've decided on your first set of goals, keeps the process going by reviewing and updating your To-Do List on a daily basis. Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience. (A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a computer-based diary.)
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMARTER mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which are included in parenthesis), SMARTER usually stands for:
S – Specific (or Significant). M – Measurable (or Meaningful). A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented). R – Relevant (or Rewarding). T – Time-bound (or Track able). E - Ethical. R - Recorded
For example, instead of having "to sail around the world" as a goal, it's more powerful to say "To have completed my trip around the world by December 31, 2015." Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand!
The following broad guidelines will help you to set effective, achievable goals: State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – "Execute this technique well" is a much better goal than "Don't make this stupid mistake." Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you'll know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from
Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones. Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force. Keep operational goals small – Keep the lowlevel goals that you're working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control! In business, these reasons could be bad business environments or unexpected effects of government policy. In sport, they could include poor judging, bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck. If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals, and draw satisfaction from them.
Set realistic goals – It's important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions. It's also possible to set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way, or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.
When you've achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement, and observe the progress that you've made towards other goals. If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately. All of this helps you build the self-confidence you deserve.
With the experience of having achieved this goal, review the rest of your goal plans: If you achieved the goal too easily, make your next goal harder. If the goal took a dispiriting length of time to achieve, make the next goal a little easier. If you learned something that would lead you to change other goals, do so. If you noticed a deficit in your skills despite achieving the goal, decide whether to set goals to fix this.
It's important to remember that failing to meet goals does not matter much, just as long as you learn from the experience. Feed lessons learned back into your goal setting. Remember too that your goals will change as time goes on. Adjust them regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience, and if goals do not hold any attraction any longer, consider letting them go.
For her New Year's Resolution, Ojoma has decided to think about what she really wants to do with her life. Her lifetime goals are as follows: Career – "To be managing editor of the magazine that she works for." Artistic – "To keep working on her illustration skills. Ultimately she wants to have her own show in the downtown gallery." Physical – "To run a marathon."
Now that Ojoma has listed her lifetime goals, she then breaks down each one into smaller, more manageable goals. Let's take a closer look at how she might break down her lifetime career goal – becoming managing editor of her magazine:
Five-year goal: "Become deputy editor." One-year goal: "Volunteer for projects that the current Managing Editor is heading up." Six-month goal: "Go back to school and finish my journalism degree." One-month goal: "Talk to the current managing editor to determine what skills are needed to do the job." One-week goal: "Book the meeting with the Managing Editor." As you can see from this example, breaking big goals down into smaller, more manageable goals makes it far easier to see how the goal will get accomplished.
Goal setting is an important method of: Deciding what you want to achieve in your life. Separating what's important from what's irrelevant, or a distraction. Motivating yourself. Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals.
Set your lifetime goals first. Then, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan. Keep the process going by regularly reviewing and updating your goals. And remember to take time to enjoy the satisfaction of achieving your goals when you do so. If you don't already set goals, do so, starting now. As you make this technique part of your life, you'll find your career accelerating, and you'll wonder how you did without it
Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred - Forgive. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more, expect less. Obey God’s Laws & Do His Will. PROV3:5&6
Knowledge What? Why? Habits Behavior Mindset How To? Adapted from Covey 1989 Want To Skills Attitude and Desire
Acceptance of a New Idea •This will be good for me •Let’s get started Ego Reactive Purposeful •I can make this work •This will be good for me •Won’t work •Costs too much •Takes too long Time
Phase I – Reactive - This will never work - The cost is too high - I don’t have time for this Phase II – Ego - I see some benefit for me - I think that I can make this work Phase III – Purposeful - This can be good for me - Everyone should get this training - Let’s get started Note: Everyone starts in the reactive phase – “Goes Reactive!” - We all pass through the Ego Phase before “Becoming Purposeful” - People move through the phases at different rates - Some people don’t ever get out of the Reactive phase
Insanity - Doing the Same Things and Expecting Better Results The Only Person Who Enjoys a Change is a Wet Baby “If You Can’t Change Your Mind You Can’t Change Anything”--George B. Shaw Those Who Fail to Respond to Their Changing World Will Have Less Influence in It
No matter what you learn, what strategy or tactic you employ, success comes as the result of the Compound Effect.
THE GREAT END OF LIFE IS NOT KNOWLEDGE BUT ACTION” -H.T. Huxley
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