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Goal Setting

Goal setting is a process that helps you get clear on what you want, make an action plan to help you get there, launch into action, and persist until you reach your destination or find a better one.

This process can significantly increase your probability of success and achieving what you want. Research studies show a direct link between goal setting and enhanced performance in sports and business.

Earl Nightingale put it this way, "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It's as simple as that."

Why Personal Goal Setting Works

Texas oil billionaire H.L. Hunt once said that there are only two ingredients necessary for success. The first is that you have to decide exactly what it is that you want.

This is where he believed many stumble. They never decide what it is that they really want.

They may think they want something from time to time, usually something generic and vague like "being rich" or "a better job," but it's just a fleeting thought; they never truly get clear on what these things really mean.

Hunt said that once you've decided what it is that you want, the second ingredient is to determine the price you have to pay to get what you want, and then resolve to pay that price by establishing your priorities and getting to work.

Many who get past the first ingredient never apply the second one. They don't understand that you have to pay the price in full before you can claim your prize.

You can think of goal setting as a process that helps you to decide exactly what it is that you want, and then to systematically pay the price in order to get it. It is a process that helps you focus your time and energy on your targets through careful and deliberate planning.

Personal life coaching can help you implement this goal setting process by clarifying what you want and giving you the support and accountability you need to get it done.

What is a Goal?

A goal is a well-defined target that gives you clarity, direction, motivation, and focus. Goals are tools that help you in five main ways:

  • Make a positive change in your life
  • Form a new habit or change an existing habit
  • Improve or develop a skill, talent, or ability
  • Realize a dream or other important outcome
  • Improve your performance on a task or activity

Read more about why you should set goals and the top barriers that prevent people from using goals effectively.

In a business or corporate setting, executive coaching can help you use goals to improve your personal and team performance, increase your productivity and enhance your leadership and management skills.

An executive coach can help you gain insights, explore best practices and incorporate leadership skills of entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Meg Whitman, Steve Jobs and others.

Introduction to Personal Goal Setting

How to Figure Out What You Want

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