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How to Set Goals―Part 2

Take a few moments and think deeply about your life. In the big picture, what do you hope to experience and accomplish? In what ways do you want to improve your mental and physical health? What bad habits do you want to change? What relationships patterns do you want to improve? What skills do you want to learn? What other things have you been thinking about changing?

Breaking Down the Big Picture
Normally in your goal you see the end and then start thinking to create the beginning meaning you break the big goal or vision in to tiny pieces that can be achievable. The smaller pieces make it more specific and easy to achieve compared to the big picture. For me I have this big picture but I split it into very tiny pieces and have a plan of stages so when one piece materialises I move to the next in line and before you know it is like magic, the big picture comes to live.

Write it down
Once written down it becomes real because you can see it. You respond to sight. What you can see can be touched with the heart. What you can touch with the heart becomes alive and it will create the momentum to survive. We are told to write the vision so that he that reads it will run with it. The goal becomes powerful and intoxicating once written down. When you write it down you become committed in achieving it. Writing your goals down is only the beginning. Articulating your intention is important, but it is not enough. Writing your goals will motivate you to take action. The more successful you become, the more you will be deluged with opportunities. The written down goal provides you a filter for other opportunities. Writing down your goals brings clarity.

Creating Daily Routine
My goal is my project and to stay on top I create daily routine. This ensures I am right in the face of the goal and I am able to deal with problems as soon as they arise. This enables you to be current with the recent issues at hand. This gives you a specific need when it arises that calls for a specific solution. With this it means you will be able to leverage your time. The simple act of becoming more aware of where your attention is helps you to focus it where you want it to be― on creating something great.

Creating a Special Time
Set aside at least one time period during the day no more than one and half hour to focus without interruption. You need that quality time not to be in a hurry where you will be relax to visualize, look in depth and do things in a unique way. You need to be able to reflect, strategize, imagine, and work on a longer term project. The key here is control of attention. We’re so distracted, and we’re feeding that instinct every time we move between tasks. You need to stay focus and don’t get distracted.

Make Your Goal Smart
Setting goal that are unattainable is waste of time, waste of energy and waste of the mind that did the thinking. You don’t want to be a waster hence you need to set up the smart process that will ensure you achieve your goal. S.M.A.R.T stands for:

S― Specific: —your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can muster.
M―Measurable: ― you can’t manage what you can’t measure
A―Attainable: ―every goal should be something that can be attain and not a wish
R―Realistic:― a good goal should stretch you, but you have to add a dose of common sense
T―Timely:― make sure that every goal ends with a ‘by when’ date

Set Priorities
I don’t always have just a goal. I am married with kids, I have two companies and a charity, I have a ministry and a huge online presence. This means I have varying number of goals in different areas so in order to be able to achieve my goal I ensure I set my priorities. At any given moment, you have a number of goals all in different states of completion. Deciding which goals are more important, or time-sensitive, than others is crucial. Setting priorities also mean that you need to take a break. Think about your life. What is really important to you? You need to be clear about what is important and what is not. You need to be clear about the degree of importance as well.

Keeping Track of Your Progress
In most projects I do for a company we have a progress report every month where my work is under scrutiny not to jeopardize the work but to ensure I am in line with the project documentation outline. This enables me to track my progress and address anything that is lagging behind.

Share them selectively
Not everyone wants you to succeed so you need to know and be able to pick people that will help you to achieve your goals. In 2013 I had a web development project for one of my company; I sent the documents to six different developers. They all came back to me with their quotes but at the end I made the wrong choice. I went with a developer that tells me all I needed but did something completely and totally different from my proposed project. He wasted three weeks of my time and took my money. He was a dream killer as he was always attacking my ideas and concept. He told me that my goal was unachievable meanwhile another developer started from scratch and finished within two weeks. Do not share your goals with anyone who is not committed to helping you achieve them.

Reward your accomplishments
Acknowledge when you have reached a goal and allow yourself to celebrate accordingly. Take this time to assess the goal process―from inception to completion.

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