GOAL SETTING

They are two types of people running the race. They are people who focus on the obstacles. They are people who focus on the finish line. Which one are you? The statement also similar when we live life.

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They are two types of people in life. They are people who focus on the adversity. They are people who focus on the goal. Which one are you?

Let’s be practical. Setting goals seem easy. You write the plan of your goal nicely on a piece of paper or in your goal book.  After that, you leave it aside. Over a period of time, you tend to forget about it.  Here is the hard truth, the plan will not be materialized without execution.  Execution can be the main struggle. It is about getting things done and it takes the enormous amount of patience. The goal is to reach the finish line! Here are the 5 simple ways to focus on your finish line.

Make your goal VISIBLE

Our mind works well visually. What you can do is to make GOAL VISUAL BOARD and put your board in your room. It can be in a form of a whiteboard, chalkboard and pinboard. You can write your goal on your board.  You can stick pictures on it. You can do whatever you want on the board and put a deadline on your board. It must be very clear. Remember, clarity is power. You put Every day you wake up you will look at your GOAL VISUAL BOARD. You can look at it again at night and audit yourself. 

Goal Visual Board

 

Break down your goal into a LIST

You cannot swallow your whole meal in one go. You have to take one bite at a time and you can enjoy your meal. It is the same strategy when you are trying to achieve your goal. A massive goal is very overwhelming. It will cause you to lose confidence and motivation. The smart thing to do is to break down your massive goal into the actionable list. It has to be a specific and achievable task which you can do daily. It must practical and doable.  For each task completed, you will feel a confidence boost as you realise that you are one step closer to your goal. This makes reaching your ultimate goal that much easier.

For each task being checked, you will feel confidence boost as you realise that you are one step closer to your goal. Similar when you enjoy your meal one bite at a time, you can enjoy the process and the hustle to achieve your goal. That is how you can maintain your momentum and fire!

Action List

SHARE your goal with your friends or family

If your goal it not personal in nature, it is good to share with your friend and family. He or she will make you accountable. I am sure they are the ones you value to most. When they know your goal, they will have the expectation for you to achieve it. They will encourage you when you hit a wall. They will celebrate your success which will motivate you even more. Hence, this will help you to focus on your goal.

Accountability Buddy

Use positive WORD

There is a saying; “Words are Sharper than the two-edged sword” This is unbelievably true. What do you say about yourself will program your well-being in our mind and our soul.  When you say “I CAN”, it opens the door of possibility.  When you say ” I CAN’T”, it close the door of possibility.  Use positive word to describe your goal. By doing so, it programs your mind that it is achievable. It does not have to be some sophisticated sentence. Make it simple, yet impactful such as;

 I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

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AUDIT yourself

“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” by Les Brown

In other words, audit yourself. It is a very important step in your goal hunting journey.  It requires an enormous amount of self-awareness and brutally honest with yourself.  It will help you adjust your journey if you sidetrack from your destination. It will help you to keep track of whether you are closer to your goal or not.  What can you do is get a book and write down your progress. You can use apps to help you as well.  However, I believe an old traditional book works best for me rather than apps. It helps me to focus with zero distraction.  Start with a question like the following;

  1. Am I on track?
  2. What did I do well today that allows me to achieve my goal?
  3. What did not I do well today that cause me to sidetrack from my goal?
  4. What can I learn from my shortcomings?
  5. How can I change that?

Here comes the power question,

  1. What are the rewards if I achieve my goal?
  2. What are the punishments if I did not achieve my goal?

Be very self-aware and be very honest with yourself. The best place to audit yourself is in front of your GOAL VISUAL BOARD. Ask yourself the questions above and make it a habit. You have to learn to face the painful truth rather than the beautiful lie. 

Audit Yourself

Let us break it down. 

VISIBLE > LIST > SHARE > WORD > AUDIT 

Let’s do the work! See you at your finish line!

 

 

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YOU NEED TO HAVE SELF-AWARENESS

Self Awareness is about knowing yourself.  It means having a clear view of your personality. This may include your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, inspiration and emotions. Most importantly, you need to be brutally honest with yourself and acknowledge it!  You need to admit your strength and also admit your weakness. In other words, it is a battle between who you think you are or who you actually are? Honestly is key! Be ready to face the painful truth, rather than a beautiful lie. What’s work for others may now work for you! Find out your DNA! The next steps are to choose which one you need to focus on! The best option is to go all in on your strength and put the effort in it until it became your bread and butter! If you desire to work on your weakness, it is best you get help to speed up the process to be good at it!

The next steps are to choose which one you need to focus on! The best option is to go all in on your strength and put the effort in it until it became your bread and butter! If you desire to work on your weakness, it is best you get help to speed up the process to be good at it!

Once you know who you are with great depth and breath, self-awareness allows you to understand other people and the ways they perceive you.  You understand their attitude toward you. With that in place, you are able to respond instead or reaction which allows you to make a great decision!

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King

EXECUTION!

Once you know who you are, you need to execute! You need put in the work and effort to sharpen your skill! Start by setting a crystal clear goal! If you strongly believe you will be a great engineer, start working on it. If you strongly believe you will be a successful fitness coach, start working on it! If you strongly believe you great in making a video, start working on it! If you strongly believe you are good in writing a blog, start working on it! The bottoms like is the effort of execution! Ideas are great, however, it counts once it is being executed.

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“All your ideas may be solid or even good. But you have to Actually EXECUTE on them for them to matter.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

With execution, you are able to audit yourself whether you are good at it! It goes back to self-awareness to know whether it is really your strength or weakness. If it is a strength, great! Keep working on it! If it is a weakness, adjust! Find ways to work on it or you discover your other strength!  Again, to know whether you are good at it. You have to execute!

MORE ON GOAL SETTING;

5 GREAT REASONS WHY WE NEED TO SET GOALS!
7 EASY STEPS TO SET YOUR GOALS

ACCOUNTABILITY!!

Accountability is a strong sense of responsibility and obligation a person holds. You have to be ultimately answerable to every action you take, no matter whether you are right and wrong. Similar to self-awareness, you have to be brutally honest and uphold the value of integrity! Once you know your strength and belief, you are accountable to sharpen the skills and continue to sustain it! If you encounter setbacks and failure, you have to acknowledge it. Adjust and work on your recovery plan to get back on track. Again, your self-awareness attribute comes into play again. Adjust and execute!

“Accountability breeds response-ability.”  Stephen Covey

These are the key S.E.A formula of being successful! Self-awareness is to know where you are on your journey! It allows you to accept your weaknesses while focusing all of your attention on your strengths. Then, you got to execute to determine whether that is your weakness or your strength! Finally, you need to take accountability for whether you are right and especially when you are wrong!

I wrote about  5 GREAT REASONS WHY WE NEED TO SET GOALS. You can either work to achieve your own goals or work to achieve the goals of someone else.  Remember this;

GOALS: Godly Objectives Assure Lasting Success by Zig Ziglar

Now, get a piece of paper and start writing down the following steps. Write in term of bullet points. If you want, just copy and paste this into Microsoft Word document and write it down!  Your first draft steps will not be perfect. Just start and record it down. Then, later look at it again and adjust to fit your lifestyle. Alright, here are the 7 easy steps to set your goals!

1. IDENTIFY YOUR GOAL

Decide exactly what you want! Most people never do this and fail. Why? They think they already have a goal. But what they have are not goals. They are only wishes, hope, and dreams. A real goal is crystal clear and very specific. For example, you want to lose weight! How much weight do you plan to lose? Do I want 6 packs? What is the waistline you are targeting? Again be very very clear!

Sample: To lose weight from 100kg to 80kg. Decrease waistline from 40inch to 34inch. 

2. THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING THE GOAL

Imagine you are there grabbing your goal in your hand. What are the benefits you will gain? I am going to be happy. I am going to be healthier. I can spend time with my family. I will have more money. These are the rewards once you achieve your goal.  It acts as an anchor for you to work on your goal every day! Lets put it this way when you are struggling climbing a mountain, you just need to imagine the view at the top! That is the benefits once you achieve your goal! The most important thing is that your goal will make you fulfil and happy. 

Sample: To be healthier. More energy. To look great and build confident of self-image. To live longer so that I can spend time with my children.

3. OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Before you want to enjoy the view from the top of the mountain, you got to climb it. The mountains are the obstacles that you need to overcome to achieve your goal! Begin with questions. What are the obstacles that I need to overcome? What are the showstoppers? You need to list down all the obstacles that prevent you to achieve that goal!

Sample: Lack of discipline. Love sweet junk food. Unhealthy eating habit. Lazy to go to the gym. Not enough sleep within 8 hours.

4. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Skills and knowledge are required for you need to reach your goal. These are the tools you need to beat the obstacles that you list out in the previous step. Always start with questions. What do I need to do to beat this obstacle? How can I be better so that the obstacles can be knock down? Who I need to seek help from? One question will lead to another. For every answer, write it down. Don`t worry about whether it is correct or not.  It is just your first draft.  You can even google it! Just search “How to avoid sweet junk food?”

Sample: Prepare a diet plan and follow through. Throw away the sweet junk food in your home. Buy healthy organic food. Get the right workout plan to lose weight.

5. INDIVIDUAL, GROUPS, AND COMPANIES TO WORK WITH TO REACH THE GOAL!

Certain skills and knowledge you may not have to achieve your goal. Therefore, you need to get help. They can be your friends who are an already an expert in the field. They could be the people who you are inspired to reach. Lets us look case by case. You are struggling to get a healthy meal. You can google to find out whether there is a food outlet that can prepare a healthy meal for you or find out the recipe. Let’s just say you are to climb up a ladder in the corporate world.  It is a good strategy to have a mentor in the company to advise you on how to progress in the career world. Another key person that can help you is an accountability buddy. They are the one who will help to keep track on your progress. They need to be brutally honest and genuinely want to make sure you achieve your goal.

Sample: Healthy food outlet (Eg.FeedMe). Personal trainer. Fitness Website. Workout group. Marathon Event. Spartan Race. Accountability buddy, Alex.

6. PLAN OF ACTION AND EXECUTE!

 “Innovation is rewarded. Execution is worshiped.” Dr. Eric Thomas

Make a list! Write down everything you can think of that you could do to achieve a goal. It has to be in a form of action statement. The very act of making a list of everything you can think of achieving your goal increases your belief that the goal is attainable. The organized your list into a plan.  Arrange your list in sequences. Create a checklist, a list of all the steps that you will have to take to achieve your goal. Be sure your list is practical and it can be done within 24 hours.

Take action on your plan and learn to adjust accordingly, You need to make effort to execute the plan. That is when your plan counts! It is only counted when it was executed. 

Samples: I will commit to reducing the food portion in every meal especially high carb food.  I will not eat white bread, sweets, and junk food! I will workout in the gym 5 days a week. I will eat more fruits and drink more water in a day. I order food from a healthy food outlet since I do not have time to cook. I will hire a fitness trainer to coach me. I will commit to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day. I will run a marathon. I will join the SPARTAN RACE.

7. SET A DEADLINE AND KEEP TRACK!

A deadline acts as a forcing system for your subconscious mind.  This allows you to set a target. From the time you write down your goal and set a deadline, you will be motivated to work, adjust and take the necessary step to achieve it.  Keep track on your goal.  You can check your progress in term of weekly, monthly or even quarterly.

What happens if you don`t achieve your goal by the deadline? Then, you need to set another deadline. Remember, there is no unrealistic goals, merely unrealistic deadline. If you change your deadline more than 3 times. You may need to check your plan of action again. Your deadline may be unrealistic or you are not doing the work. Be honest with yourself. 

Samples: (Assuming you start 1 January 2017) Weight from 100kg to 80kg by 31 December 2017. Each month, I need to lose 1.7kg of weight. If I did not achieve the monthly deadline. I need to adjust my workout program and my diet. 

Every morning you wake up in the morning, read the steps! Every night before you sleep, read the steps again.  Ask yourself this question;

  1. What did I do today to achieve my goal?
  2. How can I improve for tomorrow?
  3. Why do I do this?

Finally, express gratitude. “I did well today”

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It is all about effort!! 

 

Samples!

1. IDENTIFY YOUR GOAL

To lose weight from 100kg to 80kg. Decrease waistline from 40inch to 34inch.  To get 6 packs abs.

2. THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING THE GOAL

To be healthier. More energy. To look great and build confident of self-image. To live longer so that I can spend time with my children.

3. OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Lack of discipline. Love sweet junk food. Unhealthy eating habit. Lazy to go to the gym. Not enough sleep within 8 hours.

4. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL

Prepare a diet plan and follow through. Throw away the sweet junk food in your home. Buy healthy organic food. Get the right workout plan to lose weight.

5. INDIVIDUAL, GROUPS, AND COMPANIES TO WORK WITH TO REACH THE GOAL!

Healthy food outlet (Eg.FeedMe). Personal trainer. Fitness Website. Workout group. Marathon Event. Spartan Race. Accountability buddy, Alex.

6. PLAN OF ACTION AND EXECUTE!

I will commit to reducing the food portion in every meal, especially high carb food.  I will not eat white bread, sweets, and junk food! I will workout in the gym 5 days a week. I will eat more fruits and drink more water in a day. I order food from a healthy food outlet since I do not have time to cook. I will hire a fitness trainer to coach me. I will commit to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day. I will run a marathon. I will join the SPARTAN RACE

7. SET A DEADLINE AND KEEP TRACK!

(Assuming you start 1 January 2017) Weight from 100kg to 80kg by 31 December 2017. Each month, I need to lose 1.7kg of weight. If I did not achieve the monthly deadline. I need to adjust my workout program and my diet. 

“A goal can be achieved if you break it down into enough small parts.” Henry Ford

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Goals are the results, outcome, and achievement of a person, organization, a team and even a country. As a person, goals gives us the direction to move forward to reach life fulfillment. Goals are the oxygen of achievement. Here are the 5 great reasons why we need to set goals!

1. Goals reinforce your WHY?

In my previous post, I talked about the Golden Circle by Simon Sinek. The goal will help to remind you of your why. Goals are the WHAT component of the Golden Circle. Goals help to direct your actions to compliment with your WHY. Your Why is the very purpose you exist. Your action of achieving your goal will fuel your life purpose.

My why is to inspire others to embrace the adversity of life so that they can grow living life with fulfillment.

2. Goals unlocked your potential!

Goals will bring out the very best that is in you, enabling you to realize full potential! The moment you write down your goal, you are giving yourself permission to explore your unknown capabilities. In other words, you are about to jump. Believe me, every successful man jumps into the unknown. They will hit something and get hurt. That is what we call failure. But, when you land on the ground you will discover your locked potential

3. Goals strengthen your clarity, focus, and concentration

Clarity, focus, and concentration are known as the big three of superior thinking. The goal that you desire needs to be very clear until you can close your eye and able to visualize it! In another aspect, you need to have clarity about who you are.  You need to be clear on your strength, weakness, unique talents, and ability. Then, you must focus single-mindedly on one thing at a time, without distraction and diversion. Once you decided who you want to be, you must develop the discipline to concentrate single-mindedly on one thing at a time. You have to stay with it until it is 100% done!  Goals are the best medicine for “fuzzy mindset.” Goal enable you to develop the qualities of clarity, focus, and concentration!

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. Zig Ziglar

4. Goals track your progress.

Goals must have a deadline.  Having goals without a deadline is similar to a book without the final chapter. Goals help you to track your progress because you always have a fixed finishing line. It is a yardstick or a benchmark to compare with. With a tracked progress, you are allowing yourself to do something else in a day.  Do you know the number one goal globally, is to lose weight? Let us say, in January your weight is 100kg this year. Your goal is to be 70kg by the end of the year. You need to lose 30kg in that one year! The number looks big, but you can break it down to mini goal. You mini goal is to lose 2.5kg in a month! If you`re not meeting the monthly target, you can adjust your workout and even your diet. This is the beauty of having a tracked goal, you can adjust without losing sight of the ultimate aim.

The person without goals makes no progress on even the smoothest road. The person with clear goals makes rapid progress on even the roughest road. Thomas Carlye

5. Goals drive your inspiration and motivation!

The foundation of inspiration and motivation are from your goals. By setting goals, it gives you power, purpose, and direction to your life.  It provides you with a solid target to aim and 100% focus. Once you grab on hold on your goal, a sense of satisfaction and joy surge through your body. The feeling of beating all obstacles are paid off. That is the feeling that fuel your inspiration and motivation to drive your life to success.

In life, you can either work to achieve your own goals or work to achieve the goals of someone else. The next post I will cover in planning a goal! A goal without a plan is just a wish!

Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.
Anthony Robbins

I would love to hear your thoughts on why we need to set goals! Feel free to leave your comments below.

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