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Setting goals is a way to keep you on track and focused. It is easy to get distracted and take your eyes off of what is important, especially when things get a little tough or don’t go exactly to plan, or when life just gets far too busy.

Without goals we can:

  • Quickly have no direction in life
  • Just drift along with no purpose
  • Unknowingly allow others to set a path for you
  • Be unmotivated
  • Feel hopeless
  • Risk falling to a state of depression

We all want to achieve and be successful at something. We want to have value in life wich in turn gives us self-worth.

Before we start with goal setting, which drives us toward success, let’s come up with a definition for “success”. This is your foundation, or the fuel that will move your goals forward. It is your end game.

There are plenty of success quotes on the net, just google them and pick one, or two that resonate with you. Add it to your home screen, print it and put it on your wall or at your desk. Just make sure you can see it and let it sink in to your subconscious. Make it part of your internal program.

One of my favourite definitions I have used for years is:

Success is a progressive realisation of a worthwhile goal, and being well adjusted.

I like this one as it adds the the soft skills element at the end- being well adjusted this is what this course is all about. After you have completed this course and have started your Soft Skills Road Map, you will be well on your way to being well adjusted

So how do we set goals?

Simple and universal approach is to set SMART goals.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time Based

Following this simple acronym will help you set goals that are sustainable and real. Not those fluffy, pie in the sky and completely unrealistic ones we dream up after a few too many frothies.

Here are the guidelines:

To help you be specific and make it more personable you could answer the questions for yourself.

  • What is it you want to achieve?
  • When do you want to achieve it?
  • What are the possible obstacles I could eliminate?
  • What is the reward I will give myself?





Practice time – Set your first goal

Starting with a relatively short term and smaller goal, identify something you passionately want to do or achieve. Something you will be committed to. Do this in your Note book/ PC

MY Goal Is ____________________________________________

Now go through the SMART process and structure your goal.

Once you have your goal clearly defined, use this planning tool to make sure you follow through and achieve your target.

  1. Define the specific points that will tell you that you have realised your goal
  2. How desperately do you want your gaol – rate it’s importance out of 100
  3. Now rate the expectation of achieving your goal out of 100
  4. How do both you and others know you are serious about this goal? Have you told people you trust about the goal? Have you written a plan of attack to work on and achieve it? What things are you prepared to forgo to get your goal?
  5. Have you taken specific steps to achieve your goal?
  6. Have you planned for obstacles? (we will be looking at a tool to do this in the next lesson)
  7. Does your goal “fit” with other people that might be involved or who it could effect?
  8. Does it fit with your value system?
  9. Where and how does this goal fit in with your big picture or career?
  10. How will you assess your progress? How are you doing well? How are you doing not so well?
  11. Are there others you can involve to achieve your goal?
  12. How will you recover from setbacks, and when things get a bit tough?

This plan will make sure you are on track and cope with the challenges that come along. Yes, there will be challenges and I will explain a MAGICAL principle for you at the end of this course. This “Magical Principle Of Success” is worth doing this course alone. But be patient and don’t rush ahead to check it out because I haven’t equipped you for it yet. ( that’s mean of me isn’t it )

Why should you go through such an exhausting process to achieve your goal? Because you need to be serious about it.

Here is a true story of two truly inspirational Aussies. Kerry Pottharst and Natalie Cook. These two fabulous athletes won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. However their goal was bigger that this. They set their goal for Gold. At the world championships just prior to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, they again won bronze. So what were they to do to win gold in Sydney? They made a commitment to show just how serious they were. As the story goes, ( and Im happy to be corrected on points where needed ) Kerry and Natalie turned their world gold. Everything gold. They painted their bedrooms gold, furniture, curtains and everything they could became gold. It was so consistently programmed in to their subconscious mind that the only possible outcome for Sydney was GOLD. They lived, breathed and consumed the colour gold. Did they win? Of course they did. They still had to perfect practice, and do all the hard work, but their subconscious mind was programmed mot focus sole on Gold.

What will you do to make sure you achieve success for your goals? Firstly make them a goal that fits your definition of success – a progressive realisation of a worthwhile goal, and being well adjusted.

The rest of this course will explore and give you all the tools you will need to “be well adjusted” so you will be successful in your quest.