GOAL SETTING: STEP ONE DETERMINE WHERE YOU ARE
THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED STEP IN GOAL SETTING
Determining where you are now is often overlooked when setting goals but is a critical step in effective goal attainment. Like that of a GPS mapping system you must first know where you are at, so you can plot a course to where you want to go.
Doing so is an invaluable step in maximizing your efforts in making your dreams come true.
3 IDEAS TO HELP YOU DETERMINE WHERE YOU ARE NOW
1. QUIET TIME WITH YOUR THOUGHTS
As you mature in your life cycle things that were once important to you may no longer have priority or remain relevant. If you are like most people, you may not know where to start in doing this evaluation and reflection. Take some quiet time with your thoughts and think about what made you happy in the past.
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For some meditation and reflection are one- in -the same. You can incorporate meditation into your thought process while evaluating where you are now. I recommend that you separate the two for optimal results. Quietly meditating on the happiness and even hardships that later led to happiness will prove to be very useful in goal setting.
3. WRITE IT DOWN
Make a list of events that brought you joy. Make another list of experiences that were challenging to go through, but later proved to be life altering game changers in defining who you are now. No one can always do what is best in difficult times. We are all human and vulnerable at times.
Now write down 5 positive character traits that you like about yourself. You might even list the ones that others have expressed about you. Continue with writing 5 things that brought you happiness and bliss. You will soon be able to connect the dots and see themes emerge on what needs to happen to make your dreams come true.
Identifying where you are now in your life cycle is very important in determining where you want to go in the next phase of life.
FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND BOLDLY EXPRESS IT
Defining purpose is challenging and many people never figure it out. Determining where you are now is a vital first step in setting the proper course for your life. Clarify your innermost values and craft a personal mission statement that will become your true north. Gaining this clarity will enable you to uncover what is really important, why it is important and how to boldly express your purpose.
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