How To Be Successful In Life – Goal Setting
Set Your Priorities If You Want To Be Successful
The single most important step in getting somewhere is the knowing where you’re going and having a plan for getting there. Everything else stems from that. Targets are vital and they must be:
Timed (only kidding )
Setting out your targets in this way will help you to set your priorities. These priorities will in turn help you be successful because they will help you decide where to put your efforts at any one time. You can’t achieve everything all at once and trying to do just that will mean that you don’t end up achieving *any* of your targets.
Once you’ve got your targets and you know what steps you need to take in order to achieve them, it’s time to set your priorities.
Use written lists to help you set your priorities
Three lists may be best, each one getting gradually more specific whilst still allowing you to retain a sense of the whole picture: the overall goal you are aiming for long-term.
List 1 – Goals
Write down your goals and things you have to do. What do you want to achieve over the next month or year? Will this involve a big purchase or a long-term course to learn a new skill?
Use this list to keep track of all your commitments. If you’re worried about something, put it on this list. The purpose of this list is to develop long-term goals and to free your mind to concentrate on today.
List 2 – The weekly calendar
Make this your basic guide to setting aside basic chunks of time to achieve something. This weekly calendar needs to be flexible, as it is difficult to plan exactly what you will do a week ahead. Something new may need to be done urgently; you may change your mind about doing things a certain way etc.
List 3 – The daily “Things to Do”.
Write down all the things that you want to do today. Use this list as a reminder. Use it to set daily priorities and to reduce decision-making and worry. If time is tight, move items to your long-term list. Be realistic about what you can do. If you’re not, you’re just conning yourself; you can’t magically make things happen just because you want to.
Rewrite this list each morning. Use visualization to help you focus on what to do. This list is also a measure of your day-to-day success. Check off items as you finish them and praise yourself for each accomplishment. You’ll be amazed how good this feels!
Making your goals specific in this way, so that you know what you need to achieve each day helps to focus your mind. It helps you ignore distractions – even – or perhaps, especially – the distractions you create for yourself. Yes there are other things you *could* do to today, but are there things you need to do more urgently? There is always tomorrow for things you can’t manage to do today, but a daily ‘things to do’ list will make you feel less like putting things off, simply because you’ve put them down on paper.
Priorities provide a way to focus and concentrate your time and energy into carefully chosen targets that will significantly improve your life in some way. Keeping to your priorities will enable you to see progress towards that goal on a daily basis – probably several times each day! Just think how much more confident and motivated that would make you feel.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind