Goal setting can be a key step in achieving almost anything you want in life. It is so simple and straightforward and everybody knows about it. Yet how many times have you gotten pumped up, set a couple of goals for yourself only to forget about them two weeks later. I know I have, that is why I knew that I was taking the wrong goal setting approach.
Whether your goals are related to wealth building, real estate investing, career advancement or personal improvement. I realized that the mere act of goal setting is not going to do anything for me if I didn’t do it correctly. This meant personal goal setting the right way and more importantly setting up the right system to track progress and follow through.
I wrote about smart goal setting and planning so now I want to share another point of view that I found very useful. The following article is written by John Adams who is a successful trainer, writer and speaker in real estate investing in the Atlanta area. I think you will find his input very useful regardless of the area of achievement you are focusing on.
PERSONAL MOTIVATION - Your Key to Success
Five Steps Help Keep You Focused
By John Adams-www.money99.com
In his classic children’s story Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll paints an absurd picture of a dream-world where up is down and right is left, everything seems out-of-order as we know it. In short, Alice is on a journey of exploration and adventure.
At one point, Alice comes to a fork in the road, and wonders which direction to take. The Cheshire Cat appears in a nearby tree, and Alice inquires as to which road she should select. The cat replies "That depends a good deal on where you want to get." Then, in one of the great moments of the book, Alice states that she just wants to get somewhere. The Cheshire Cat responds: "Oh, you're sure to do that, if you only walk long enough."
Many people in life today don’t know where they are going. They just want to get "somewhere." They go to their job every day because it is expected of them. But they have no plan for this year, much less for the future of their lives. They are, to some extent, living in Wonderland, hoping to get somewhere, but fearing that financial freedom is only for contestants on Wheel of Fortune.
The truth is that you can do anything you want to do – as long as you know where you are going and how you’re going to get there! But, you need an effective "road map" or plan to guide you, because it’s very easy to get off the right road.
Personal goal setting can provide the "road map" you need to achieve the success you seek. If you've done a good job of goal setting, you not only know where you’re going, but how you are going to get there.
The power to achieve outstanding success comes from within people themselves; it’s what we call self-motivation.
Each of us is the end result of what we think we are. When we mentally develop things like personal courage, enthusiasm, skill, confidence, and a belief in our own abilities, we sharpen our desire to achieve more.
But, how do you motivate yourself? Where do you begin?
Well, first you must make a frank and honest appraisal of where you stand now. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, your assets and liabilities. Put your answers down in black and white – because writing them down is very important.
Figuring things out for yourself is the only real freedom anyone has. Make up your mind to achieve your full potential.
Face yourself squarely, honestly, and realistically. What are your goals in every area of life? Ask yourself, "How can I become successful through personal motivation?"
Many years ago, Paul Meyer developed a Million Dollar Personal Success Plan that I would like to share with you. I have used these five steps of goal setting for many years to help me focus on my real estate investing, and I'd like to share them with you so you can be more successful in your own endeavors.
1. First, crystallize your thinking. Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose.
If achieving financial freedom is your goal, you will need to focus on exactly what that means to you. Are you talking about a lump sum of money in the bank after taxes have been paid, or are you talking about having the ability to quit your current job and live off your investments. What does "financial freedom" mean to you? You’ll need to nail that down first.
2. Second, develop a written plan for achieving your goal and a deadline for its achievement. Plan your progress carefully.
It’s a sad fact that most of us spend more time planning our vacations than planning our lives. Commit to being different - organized activity and enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.
If you desire to create a net worth of a million dollars, you can do that through real estate, but you will need to own ten houses free and clear. How can that be achieved?
One plan might be to purchase two homes a year for ten years, using none of your own money. Then sell off the first ten and pay off the balances on the remaining ten. Whatever your goal, you need a specific plan for its achievement.
3. Third, develop a sincere desire for the things you want in life. A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. The desire for success implants "success consciousness" which, in turn, creates a vigorous and ever-increasing "habit of success."
If you are even partially satisfied with your present circumstance or condition, it will be extremely difficult for you to take the steps needed to achieve real and lasting change. Real change requires real change, and that hurts.
4. Fourth, develop supreme confidence in yourself and your own abilities. Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths instead of your weaknesses…on your powers, instead of your problems.
Confidence comes from getting the education you need and taking the necessary action. You had to learn about bicycles by watching the other kids ride, then the day came for you to ride on your own. Once you rode, you gained confidence, and now you will never forget how to ride a bicycle - you have supreme confidence.
Likewise, you must develop supreme confidence in yourself and your own abilities to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.
5. Fifth, you must develop a dogged determination to follow through on your plan, regardless of obstacles, criticism or circumstances or what other people say, think, or do. Construct your determination with sustained effort, controlled attention, and concentrated energy.
Like a laser beam, you must focus constant attention on your goal and the activities you must take on a regular basis.
One other thought: it is critically important to recognize that those around you, perhaps those who love you most, may be quite negative and discouraging about your selected goal. That’s because they care about you and simply do not want to see you get hurt. They also do not understand the goal. You must ignore them.
When I finally was able to identify those persons in my life who were negative influences and spend less time with them, my personal success rate increased many-fold. I finally committed to following through with my plan, regardless of what other people said or did. Even though I desperately wanted their approval, I had to ignore their bad advice.
I assure you that, if you let it, one or more obstacles (or people) will rise up to prevent you from attaining your goal. Each obstacle will seem reasonable and insurmountable, but each can be overcome with dogged determination.
You must commit to follow through on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis, until your goal setting plan succeeds. On a daily basis, you are responsible for pushing your own "GO" button!
If you use these five steps for goal setting, you will be more successful in your relationships, in your real estate investing, and at whatever you choose to do in your life.