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What are your Goals for the New Year?

What are your goals for the New Year?

What are your goals for the New Year?

Right now would be a good time to set your goals for the coming year. No matter how good, or otherwise, the last year has been for you, wouldn't you like next year to be even better?

Presumably you would like to earn more money; you would like to improve your health, you would like to improve your relationships, you would like to travel to certain places. And if you have family, you would probably like to help them in some ways too.

Everyone wants nice things to happen. But there is a big difference between two types of people.

  • The first type of person wants nice things to happen, and then they sit back and just hope that they will happen.
  • The second type of person wants nice things to happen, but the second type puts it all into writing and then makes them happen.

Please ensure that you are they type of person who decides what you want, and that you make a commitment to yourself to do everything in your power to ensure that it does come to pass.

Goal directed action

People are at their best when they are engaged in definite goal directed action.

Goal directed action is action taken in pursuance of a predetermined, valuable and worthwhile goal. Goal directed action brings with it a host of beneficial psychological, emotional and behavioural changes.

Anyone engaged in goal directed action, enjoys the following benefits.
A person with a definite goal has: A sense of purpose; more motivation, full mental focus; a real reason to start the day; a priority.
People engaged in goal directed action feel a sense of self-assuredness; and they have something interesting to talk about, so they are easier to talk to.
Having a definite goal has so many advantages it makes you wonder why most people don't have definite goals.

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Goal Setting, Communication and Conflict.

You cannot achieve the goal you failed to set. So the first step to achieving your goal is to set it.
Then you need to communicate the goal to others and you need to handle the inevitable conflicts and problems you will get whenever you try implement your plans. This course will help.

Why most people don't have definite goals

If you went into town now and stopped one hundred people at random and asked them the following question, what do you think would happen?

"Excuse me sir, Madame, I am doing a social trends survey. May I ask you: What are your ambitious goals for the next 12 months and may I see your detailed written plans for their achievement?"

  • Question: on average, how many people set definite, ambitious goals and write detailed written plans for their achievement?
  • Answer: 3%.

In order to achieve a goal, you need to first, set the goal.

Only if you set a goal, can you achieve it

The people who achieve the most are the same people who, actively, set out to achieve the most.
The people, who win, are the people who, actively, set out to win.
Why is it that many people don't "set out to win"?

Why don't many people set goals?

The thing that stops most people setting goals is the fact that most people who do set goals, fail to achieve them.

  • Most people, who apply for a particular job, don't get it.
  • Most people, who try to become movie stars, fail.
  • Most people, who want to be a professional athlete, fail.

Imagine Joe enters the competition; he knows that he may not win; he may only achieve 2nd place, or 3rd or 4th or 5th. That scenario is certainly possible.

The non goal setter is the person, who says to himself, "Even if I set a goal to win, there is no guarantee that I actually will win. I probably won't win. So, why even try; if I don't stand much chance of winning?"

And starting with that premise, of course, they automatically lose.
They lose automatically!
And they lose big; because they never even put themselves forward.

Remember this: To win; you don't have to come first

Coming first is a secondary issue.
The primary issue is whether or not you even bothered to enter.
The act of TRYING to win is the most important point.
All the competitors in a competition are winners; in the sense that they are at least in the game.
There are many people who don't even enter the competition.
There are many people who never even try to win, and who spectate instead.

Here is a quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger:

"Good things don't happen by chance. Every dream carries with it a certain risk, the risk of failure. But I am never stopped by that risk.
Suppose a person takes a risk and fails, then that person must try again. If you learn from each failure, then you will find that you will not fail forever.
If you try ten times, you have a much better chance of winning on the eleventh try than you did than if you never tried at all."

Life is not a spectator sport.
You can win big if you set big goals.
Now is the best time to set goals for the coming year.

In order to set your goals, please answer the following questions:

  1. In general terms, what is the major goal to be achieved in the coming year?
  2. How would you specify that goal numerically?
  3. How would you specify and define your goal in writing?
  4. What measures would you track? What are your key point indicators?
  5. What additional abilities; skills, knowledge and information do you need to gain?
  6. What resources; money, machines, technology and people do you need to gain access to?
  7. What are the time deadlines? And is that deadline reasonable or not?

Why not set out to make this your best year ever? Go for it!

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Personal Development Training

In order to improve your performance, you may need to develop your personal and professional skills: meaning: skills of communication, planning, prioritisation, motivation and personal confidence. If you want to learn more, then click here for personal development training.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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  • How to set goals
    Success is only achievable by setting goals. But be sure that the goal is clear and reasonable, and it has a deadline.
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  • How to Set Goals
    Goals are essential to success, since success means the achievement of a goal. But the first step to achieving a goal, is to actually set one in the first place! Find out how to set achievable goals with our goal-setting formula.
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