Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Goal Setting (Part Three)

I have been writing a series of posts on goal setting, and what I've learned about it in 2012.  You can read my previous observations HERE and HERE. Here is the third observation on goal setting that I have been reflecting on for 2012: I didn't reach my goals.

I told you that I set ridiculous goals without any real plan on how I would accomplish them, and found throughout the year that setting small steps and utilizing tools helped me on my way to accomplishing them.  As it turns out I didn't reach the goals I set for the year.  I didn't lose 100lbs, I only lost 84lbs. But I don't feel too bad about that.  In fact, I feel great about it.  The reason is that I'm a whole lot closer than I would have been without setting goals and working to accomplish them.  You're probably familiar with the old addage, "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time."  This year I learned to aim at some things, but also found ways to move towards the dreams.  Until there is a plan and the focused discipline to take small steps toward it your dreams will always remain just that -- dreams.  But when you start to set goals and begin accomplishing that dreams become a vision and achievment is attainable.

I hope that as this year comes to a close, you'll take stock of your life.  What dreams would you like to see become a reality?  What steps can you take to set goals, find tools, make and record small progress day over day, week over week, month over month, year over year.  I'm excited about what this year will hold for me.  I'm sorting through dreams right now and turning them into vision and achievement through goal setting.

What have you found most helpful in achieving your goals?

--Ben

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