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“Hanging On” to Your 2014 Goals

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It’s the midway point of another year! This is the time of year that a lot of people start evaluating their goal-setting and targets. Goal-setting and goal evaluation should be an ongoing process, a process that takes place all year long.


How are you doing so far?

Here is a simple tool that can help.

Creating powerful goals and workable plans to achieve them is an important step in your personal formula for success. Here is a great mid-year exercise that can help you to finish off with a successful 2014.

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Open a document in your word processor and create eight blank pages. (Or you can do this the old fashioned way and write on actual sheets of paper if you prefer.) Across the top of each page, write one of the following words: Personal, Health, Social, Spiritual, Financial, Learning, Career, and Family. On each sheet, create a list of brief bullet items that reflect what you want to accomplish in that area in the coming year. Spend some time on this “brainstorming” phase, and identify everything that’s truly important to you. 

Then revise your eight lists of goals so that they are in order of importance. Once you are done prioritizing your goals in each of these areas, print and post the sheets prominently and consider each and every one of your goals. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How committed am I to achieving this goal?
  • What will achieving this goal do for me as a person?
  • What behaviors will I have to change to accomplish this goal?
  • Who would be an appropriate accountability partner for me on this goal?
  • What is the next step I should take to achieve this goal?
  • How will I celebrate when I achieve this goal?

If you are already someone who is used to setting and achieving written goals, you can use this exercise to establish more elaborate, more aggressive goals—and achieve at even greater heights. If you’re just getting started, you may want to focus on one modest “stretch” goal in each of the eight areas. Whatever you do, pick something that will force you to stretch your life beyond your current comfort zone. One written goal should stand out from all the rest as your primary personal goal. Find it. Commit to working on this one goal for the next twenty-one days.

At about the fourteen-day mark, you’ll come to a crossroads: Your mind will start throwing out all kinds of persuasive reasons for you to stop pursuing this goal, and you’ll begin to wonder whether what you have selected is too difficult. You’ll start hearing skeptical voices telling you that you should pick something else (or nothing at all) to strive for.

If you can make it past that negative self-talk, you will assume personal control of your own future.

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