Many of us need to make a paradigm shift from a place in which we believe we are powerless to a place in which we believe we are key to the creation of our future. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. We should view goal-setting as an important process in helping us to design the life we envision for ourselves. Goals create energy and momentum in our lives.

Steps to goal-setting

Step One: Identify your specific goals

Step Two: Commit your goals to paper along with a reasonable time-frame

Step Three: Develop a plan

Step Four: Visualise attaining the goal and then not attaining the goal

Step Five: Take action

Step Six: Celebrate every success both great and small along the way

What are your goals?

Have you identified your wellness goals? Do you have clear personal development goals, and career and financial development goals? If not, then this practical exercise is for you. Take time now to complete this exercise.

Setting personal development goals

Personal development goals are your emotional, mental, social, spiritual and physical goals.

Step One: Identify and write down your goals for personal development. List them as quickly as possible.

Step Two: Commit to a time-frame. Next to each goal write down a realistic time within which you commit yourself to accomplishing it - within, say, one, three, five or ten years.

Step Three: Select your top three goals. These are your three most pressing personal development goals. Under each one, write a paragraph that describes why you have committed yourself to achieving this goal within the chosen time-frame and what you plan to do.

It is so important to have clarity around why we make certain choices.

Setting financial and career development goals

These goals should cover your work focus, career path, further training, income, assets, investments, and donations to charity.

Step One: Identify and write down your goals for financial and career development. List them as quickly as possible.

Step Two: Commit to a time-frame. Next to each goal, write down a realistic time within which you commit yourself to accomplishing it - within, say, one, three, five and ten years.

Step Three: Select your top three goals. These are your three most pressing career and financial development goals. Under each one, write a paragraph describing why you have committed yourself to achieving this goal within the chosen time-frame and what you plan to do.

Now that you have identified your top six goals, write them down with one action that you can take today towards attaining the goal. It is advised that you should never leave the site of setting a goal without taking some action!

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