5 Strategies For Effective Goal Setting…John Page Burton

A goal is a desired end result that a person envisions, plans for and commits to achieving. Successful people tend to have a proven formula for setting goals along with a strategic plan for achieving their desired results. Unfortunately, others spend their time “thinking” about what they would like to accomplish but never formulate an effective plan of ACTION. If you find that you are currently residing in this second category please read on, these strategies will help you!
I recommend setting one major goal in five life quadrants. These quadrants include health, wealth, spiritual, contribution and relationship. For example, a health goal may be to lose 25 pounds over the next 90 days. A wealth goal may be to increase business by 20% from the previous quarter. A spiritual goal may be to teach a Sunday school class. Volunteering at a homeless shelter once a week is a good example of a contribution goal. Attending a weekly couple’s workshop could be a powerful relationship goal. The more passionate you are about your 5 major goals, the greater the odds are that you will accomplish them. I recommend establishing and completing your goals within a 90 day burst of focused activity.
Below are 5 strategies that I believe will significantly increase the odds of achieving your results.
Growth. When we establish a goal it must be one that promotes personal growth. I like to refer to these as “stretch goals”. A “stretch goal” causes a person to leave their comfort zone. For example, a person who has a fear of heights may consider setting a “stretch goal” of skydiving. This would be well outside their comfort zone. The accomplishment of a “stretch goal” empowers a person to set even bigger goals in the future. Achieving “stretch goals” helps us build stronger muscles of self confidence.
Outcome. It is important to get abundantly clear on what it is we desire to accomplish. Once we establish a goal, it is important to consistently visualize the end result. Dream boards are a great way to remind us of what we are striving to achieve. I personally like to take a bright piece of poster board and affix pictures of things related to my goals. I then post the dream board in my office as a constant reminder of the results I intend to achieve. The more we are reminded of our goals the higher the odds become that we will accomplish them. Dream boards can be a very powerful way to assist us.
Accountability. We can increase the odds of accomplishing a goal by as much as 70% when we enlist the support of a life or business coach. I also encourage my clients to share their goals with friends and family members and ask for their support as they work toward their desired end result. Remember, when we put ourselves in a “no retreat, no surrender” mindset our odds of success increase dramatically.
Leverage. As we work toward achieving our goals it is important to employ leverage. What people or material resources can help us multiply our efforts and save us valuable time? Learning from other people and modeling what they have created can provide us with significant leverage. Videos, research papers and “how to” books are resources that can give us leverage as we move forward. Learning to employ leverage serves us well as we engage in the process of achieving our goals.
Sacrifice. Sacrifice accompanies the attainment of any worthwhile goal. The bigger our goal, the larger our personal sacrifice will be. For example, if I desire to increase my business by 20% I will need to invest more time in work related activities and less time in social ones. If I desire to lose 25 pounds over the next 90 days, I will need to give up certain foods and allocate sufficient time for daily exercise. For most of us, making sacrifices can be very challenging. This is precisely why far too many people choose to play a comfortable game of life. If you have made it to the end of this article, my hunch is that you are the type of person who will do whatever it takes to reach your goals.
These suggestions will be prove helpful as you design your plan of action for the days, weeks and months ahead!

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