Saturday, January 1, 2011

Achieve Your Personal Best in 2011: Set Goals - Not Resolutions

In 2011, I want you to achieve your personal best whether in your career, community, and/or family. Perhaps this is the year for you to be a little bit better than you were last year and be the best that you can be.

This is why I encourage you to set goals and not resolutions. Resolutions are nice and fun but we tend to think of them for only a period of time each year. Goals on the other hand, are the true staples of personal development.

In this issue, I am going to show you how to reach your personal best through my eight steps of setting goals (with one word of caution).

All things being equal in your life—persistence, surrounding yourself with good people, having desire, using your talents—if you follow these eight steps, you will achieve your personal best in 2011.

1. Think. That's right. Give your goals serious thought before setting them. Don't half step. Thinking will assure you that the goals you set are indeed your goals.

2. Keep it simple. Every year I set three goals—nothing more and nothing less. Setting only three goals allows me to focus with more intent on achieving them. However, please note, I am a First-Third Assertive (Emergenetics term), so I tend to think incrementally.

3. Write them down. I'm a structured person, so this one may not be for everyone but it definitely works for me. If you choose to take this route, I recommend purchasing a goal book (tablet, notepad, PDA, etc.) to keep track of your journey.

4. Objectives. Once you have identified your goals, it is important to set daily, weekly, and monthly objectives. This step will also enable you to focus and make sure you are on the right path as you move forward.

5. Keep your goals to yourself. You can share your vision but I don't recommend sharing your goals. My vision is to spread servant leadership (love) around the world. Not everyone you know or meet has your best interest at heart. There are those who don't want you to achieve your goals.

6. Reward yourself. When you achieve your objectives, give yourself a little treat. It helps with the motivation. The incentive can be as simple as a trip to the bookstore, clothing store, ice cream, or watch a television show. Whatever makes you happy.

7. Take Care of Yourself. I have said this before and I will say it again. You can have all the goals in the world but if you don't take care of yourself (physical and mental well-being), it will be all for naught. From a spiritual perspective, put it like this: Everyone likes to talk about salvation, but if you don't take care of yourself, your salvation will come to you a lot quicker than you think.

8. Your goals will not work unless you do. Nowadays, vision boards are the rave and so are books on the Laws of Attraction and speaking things into existence. Don't get me wrong, I like and have read many of them. They help to keep you focused and motivated when times are tough but they will not do you any good if you do not work for the things you want. You cannot wish your way through life. It takes hard word to achieve success. In short, you get out of life what you put into it.

Finally, a word of caution. Settings goals is great. Achieving them is even better. However, if you have anger or ill-will toward your fellow man and do not have love and forgiveness in your heart, reaching your goals will be a major challenge for you.

I hope these steps will inspire you in 2011 to achieve your personal best. Good luck!


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