Sunday, May 9, 2010

Guide To Setting Goals

Setting Goals - Why Is It Important To Set Goals?

Sometimes setting goals at all is the harder part of accomplishing any. Aren't you getting tired of trying to set goals for yourself and always finding that you have to do it again almost every other month?

How To Set Goals

Last year I was working for a company that people only dream of working for. I really enjoyed working there in the beginning. Something must have happened because I started hating going to work every morning. Most of the times, I wasn't even working 8 hours a day. They paid a really good salary and I appreciated it at first. I went on a 5 months study leave and when I went back to work, I realized that my time there was over. I continued to work there for another year. I was complaining all the time about everything. I was now like the people who had been at that company for over 30 years and were complaining all the time.

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The thing is, I had other dreams, I wanted to follow. I had tried and failed before but I still had a burning desire to follow them. I wanted to run my life the way I wanted to. I wanted to be an entrepreneur, make music, travel and just be happy. I wanted to be my own man. I had these dreams since I was a child. I tried to do it in my early twenties, some worked some didn't. I felt it was time to just run with it. I read a lot of books about entrepreneurs, motivation and others. I was obviously just browsed through because I didn't use the lessons I had learned in those books.

My 17 year old sister, who is 14 years younger than me, said something to me that changed my life. She asked me why I was always complaining about my job. Before I could even answer, she commanded that I should stop work and do the things I'd always wanted to do. She then told me that , the reason why I'd failed before, was because of not setting goals and actually follow them though. At that time, I was just shocked at the way she was talking to me. I couldn't believe what was coming out of her mouth and most of all assessing my life. I wasn't saying much. She went on to tell me how to set goals and how to follow them through. She commanded me to follow them through or else I will certainly fail again. As she was talking, I started to realize that all that she was saying was true. I had heard it before but just didn't take it. From that moment, I felt powerful inside and I decided to write my resignation letter. My sister helped me to write the letter. I didn't submit it for about 3 months because I was organizing my new life. I finally left my job and was on my way to live my life for me.

Now, setting goals was easy, but following them through was hard. I had to shuffle them around all the time, and I still do. When you set goals, you have to decide what goals are important. Write down a list of all your goals and then re-order them by importance. In the beginning, you must decide which one you will start with, and then focus on that one. Once you've done that, you must do a clear and easy action plan. You must try and follow your action plan everyday. If you don't have discipline, get help from the people closest to you. Try different methods, if one doesn't work. I guarantee that, if you just do these simple steps, you'll start seeing the results of your hard work. Remember, you have to do this if you want to succeed in your life.

You have to push yourself sometimes, I know some of us are just lazy or just don't want to try because of previous failures. Just try and you'll be surprised at what could happen. It doesn't matter what age, you just have to be dedicated. I see my mother studying every year and sometimes I ask myself why she puts herself under that stress. I have finally accepted that it's what she wants to do with her her life and she's happy. That's the most important thing, happiness.

So, I hope that what I've written here will change someone's life as it has mine. I still learn as I go and if something doesn't work, I find another way to go at it. There are still challenges, but now at least I know where my life is heading. The choices I'm making are mine and for me. I'm not an expert but I've learned a lot through my journey. Get books, dvd's or other things to help you get on track with your your life.
Thank you for reading this.

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