The Effects of Achieving Your Goals

We all know people who never seem to accomplish much because they do not have clear goals. Most of us also know people who set themselves daily, weekly or monthly personal targets and seem to achieve outstanding results. Their ability to fucus on clear, measurable goals accounts for their success. As you think back over your life, you can probably relate your own successes and failures to whether or not you had clear and positive goals. 

The idea of working towards gaols seems a part of human nature. We possess a goal-achieving instinct, somehow linked to the universal tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. A person behaves in a certain way because they think that behaviour will benefit them. In other words, we tend to do things for a reason, or purpose.  

So behaviour has a purpose, to fulfil some outcome or other. In a sense. We have an excuse for everything we do. By setting your goals consciously and precisely, as well formed outcomes, you have abetter chance of translating them into behaviour and achievement. 

I am pretty sure that most of you have had some dealing with goal setting in the past, and I don’t wont to bore you with how to set goals, but just in chase as a refresher to some, I have outlined a basic NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) goal setting four stage model 

  1. Decide what you want (set your goal)
  2. Do something or take action immediately
  3. Notice what happens or check your results
  4. Change what you do until you get your desired outcome.

 A fine line usually separates success and failures. And it usually boils down to missing out or under performing on one of these stages (such as not setting clear goals, or not learning from experience). 

In addition to the four stage NLP model  you need to have well-formed outcomes , you may have already come across the widely used SMART goal characteristics this is a way to formulating your goals:

Make your Goals;

 Specific: Don't be vague. Exactly what do you want?
Measurable: Quantify your goal. How will you know if you've achieved it or not?
Attainable: Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life - along with taking into consideration your current responsibilities.
Realistic: It's got to be do-able, real and practical.

 Time: Associate a timeframe with each goal. When should you complete the goal?

 However, the smart model only tells part of the story. In the next segment I will share with you the NLP goal setting guidelines, know as the elements of a well formed outcome. Some overlap the SMART criteria, and you may find them expressed in a different ways. The difference is that in the elements of a well formed outcome we will make our goals aligned with our values and beliefs and these are the driving forces for every human being.

Until next time, let's do something remarkable!

Vincent Busuttil

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