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Planning to Succeed

Decide what you want, work out the price you have to pay to get it, and if it fits in with what you believe, PAY THE PRICE!
Now that we know what we want and why we want it, we now need to develop a plan that will achieve the goal we set. There is nothing new under the sun, everything I share with you I have learnt from others. My hope is that you take what you have learnt and get stuck into it! You can do it, I believe in you.

Have written Goals

Every aspect of your life that rates as a significant decision needs your signature. Your goals, once written down, move out of the realm of “I wish I could have” to “I am going to have”. You are putting it on the line for all to see and declaring your ultimate success. They become accountable and under control and your mental energy not being used by non specific wishes floating aimlessly around your mind, can now be used to transform your dreams into reality.

The second reason for writing down your goals is so you can read them everyday. What we focus on will become our future.

Define your Goals

The more specific you can be in making your goals, the more realistic the chances of achieving them will be. I find 7 to 10 words is all you need to describe a goal.
Being S.M.A.R.T will give you an edge over your goals.

SPECIFIC – single action in a single area
MEASURABLE – you know you are still on track
ACHIEVABLE – something tangible you can touch, smell, feel
REALISTIC – can be achieved without killing yourself
TIMED – has a deadline to work to

Reach out to Achieve

To fulfill the plan we were created to achieve, we need to mature in all aspects of our lives, not just in age, but in skills, wisdom and temperament. We have been designed to extend ourselves by reaching out and advancing our present achievements, progressing towards our peak potential. All of your past experiences in one way or another have been spent attempting this – to proceed past your current level of experience.

Your goals need to be set just outside your comfort zone, in small realistic steps, to extend you further toward your full God given potential.The purpose of reaching a goal is far more than the goal itself, it is more about the person you become along the way.

Believe in your Goals

If you don’t believe you will reach you goals, you will probably be proven correct. Words like “try”, “maybe” or “perhaps” will work against you. If you have planned well, taking the time and care to prepare your written goals, you owe it to yourself to believe in them.

It is so important to not only believe in the goals, but it is even more important to believe in yourself and that you can achieve them. You were created with the same seeds of greatness as everyone else. The only thing standing between you and what is important enough for you to fight for, is you. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others be expected to believe in you?

Share your Goals

By sharing your goals, with people who want you to achieve them, you not only become accountable, you have a support network to cheer you on. Do not let the fear of negative critisim hold you back. A word of caution, check the fruit on the tree of those you share with.

Maintain a Balance

Ensure you have goals, big or small, in all areas of your life. By doing this we you will maintain the balance between “getting” and “giving” as well as “things” and “people”.
What does it profit you to gain the whole world only to lose what is most important to you.

Set new goals for the future

There would be nothing worse than achieving all your goals and having nothing to move forward on. It is like a dog chasing a car everyday and one day he catches one. What is he going to do tomorrow. The thrill is in the chase. I have coached many people who have explained to me the empty feeling they have felt when actually achieving a goal they have worked long and hard for. Sounds silly but in every case it was because they had no new goals to move forward on. But Grant, I have achieved everything I want. Great, now you can set goals that are all about other people.

I hope this little window into goal setting has encouraged you in some way. Our Goal Setting Workshops and One on One Coaching can help you get into the subject even further, personalising the process, but what we have done over the last few weeks, if actioned, puts you so far ahead of 97% of the people around you. Go for what you want, you deserve it.

I would love to hear from you and share in your success and answer any questions.


Grant Herbert
The People Builder

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