yourself is the first and most important step to pursuing your dreams and
Goals are the
milestones to your
Defining what you want is the critical first
step in almost any situation. "You can have anything you really want but you
cannot have everything you want."
What Goals are
Goals worth achieving are
mission-oriented goals. Channeling your
into a specific direction and
makes the difference between being an idle dreamer and being a person with a
of one goal should be the starting point of another."
Alexander Graham Bell
Visualize Your Goal
Take a few minutes right now to achieve your
goals in your mind. Imagine a
life that is exactly as you want it.
What would you do each day? With whom would you do it? Nothing is too crazy
or ambitious. A few seconds is all it takes to put you in a state of
excitement and enthusiasm. If you can see your goal in your mind, you can
make it a reality. Visualization is the first step to bringing a dream to
life. If you can see yourself
loving life, you can make it happen.
The first step is to visualize it.6...
The Power of Focus
Whatever you focus on you will attract as your subconscious mind will make
notes of what you are focused on and you'll start to notice things related
to your goal. So if you want to achieve success then define exactly what
success means to you and focus on being successful and the ways you can
achieve success and
Define Your Personal Values and Mission
The first step is to clarify
values. You ask yourself, What values and virtues do I most admire and
wish to incorporate in to my life?
The second step is to use those values to define your position with regard
life and work. The values you choose, and the order of priority you
place on your choices, will determine your approach to your life and work.
Your next step in
personal strategic planning is to create your personal mission
statement. This is a clear, written description of the person you intend to
be. This is often even more important than setting specific goals.2
Case in Point
Story of Monty
In the original
Chicken Soup for the Soul,
Jack Canfield tells the story of Monty, who was the son of an itinerant
horse trainer of little means.7 During his senior year he was
assigned a writing project to describe what he wanted to be when he grew up.
His seven-page essay minutely detailed the 200-acre ranch he wanted to own.
It included a diagram of the ranch and a detailed floor plan of his 4,000
square foot home.
and effort Monty put into his paper, he received it back with a large F
written on it and a note to see the teacher after class. The teacher told
Monty that the reason he had given him that grade was because his paper was
unrealistic. He went on to cite all of the reasons why, and told Monty that
if he would rewrite the paper with a more realistic goal, he would
reconsider the grade. After considering it for a week, the young man turned
in the same paper with no changes, along with the remark, You can
keep the F and Ill keep my dream.
The conclusion of the true story has the
teacher bringing 30 students for a summer campout at the 200-acre ranch of
the now grown (and successful) Monty who lives in his 4,000 square foot
If it worked for the son of an itinerant horse
trainer it will work for you. The principle is simple:
create a dream that is so big that it will
keep you excited
define the dream in minute detail
live in the dream so that it becomes real
to you on the inside, and then
hold on to it so tightly that no one can
take it away from you.