Planning for success is an important way to overcome fears and barriers to growth. It’s similar to taking a vacation. You need a guide or a road map to keep you on course and give you direction.
Would you attempt to navigate a ship on the open sea without a chart or map? Of course not. Even the ancient mariners used the stars and constellations to find their way. A plan is a powerful tool for achievement. It’s a magic key that helps you reach your goals and gives you the momentum to get through difficult passageways. Planning prevents unnecessary detouring, and helps you take responsibility for your actions.
Goals are what keep you going and give you your focus. Keep focusing on your goals and continually take the needed steps to reach them. Your ability to keep moving after achieving one goal depends on how clearly you see the next step to set new goals. Mark Brown, a contributor for AccelaWork and a coach, had some thoughts on what it takes to become successful. He also knows how important having goals are.
Many people I coach have specific goals they want to achieve. Some are held back, contained within their comfort zone. Others never test their limits because they just aren’t willing to put in the effort. Successful people tend to be very focused and intent on achieving their goal. When we look at someone that is highly successful, we sometimes don’t see the sacrifice they have made. They may have sacrificed time, money, relationships, or hobbies.
Goal-setting is an ongoing, reciprocal process between you and the world. Accomplishing your goals helps you to overcome inner barriers of fear, and affirms your self-confidence. Goal-setting is not a mundane process. It generates out of your human need for self-drive and accomplishment. This drive for accomplishment is innate, it comes from within you. When you set goals, it solidifies you physically, mentally and emotionally. You begin to feel more connected to yourself and to the world.
There are six ways to focus on your goals and plan your success. It is important to include the following in your goal-setting procedure:
- 1. Identify your goal and make it a realistic one. You must care about it if you expect to ever complete it.
- 2. Select a goal that you can work on, rather than something someone else has selected for you.
- 3. Make sure it’s specific, not vague. For example, choose a skill like “Communicating more effectively with your friends by using positive vocabulary,” or “Managing your time more efficiently by stating a time and date for getting your goal accomplished.” Selecting a goal you can do something about gives you the power and influence to actively and assertively accomplish it.
- 4. Have at least one goal or objective every day. Feel a sense of joy and fulfillment whenever you take a step toward accomplishing these things.
- 5. Experience how your feelings and thoughts are pulled by your stated goals.
- 6. Reward yourself for every goal or objective that gets accomplished. Remember to be consistent when rewarding yourself as well.
Once you set your goals, you must hold yourself accountable. Keep them written down somewhere that you’ll see everyday. It can be helpful to have a notepad by your bedside table so you can review your goals at night before bed. You’ll also get a lot of satisfaction from crossing completed ones off! Don’t let yourself lose sight of what you want to accomplish and above all else, don’t be upset if you fail. Get back up, dust yourself off, and start trying again.