The first step towards
successful goal achieving
is to realize that you are
in control of your life.
Typically we are quite sure about having
full control over our choices. Yet, we
hardly notice how opinions and beliefs
of different people around us penetrate
deep down into our subconsciousness.
There are many subtle ways how we can be
manipulated to serve somebody else's
misbeliefs or selfish interests. It can be
your parents, friends, your boss, coworkers,
and so on. Many of those people wish you only
good, but they have many different sides in
their personalities, and lives of their own.
When you set your goals and objectives you should feel totally sure that this is indeed your goals, and you really want to reach those goals. It simply won't work otherwise.
Speaking about self-control,
what is your attitude to the role of
external factors in your success? You have
the full power over your choices. Yet,
the outcomes of those goal achieving
choices and decisions
also depend on many other factors, like
weather, accidents, competitors, which
are often unpredictable and not under
It is better to accept that truth. You are
achieving much more if, instead of trying
to control uncontrollable and predict
unpredictable, you concentrate on factors
that depend on you.
Based on extensive goal setting research,
it is strongly recommended that in your
goal achieving you focus on conditions and
odds for a desired outcome, rather than on
the outcome itself. This will protect your
motivation. Your subconscious mind will be
much more on your side too. So, just
remember that performance goals work much
better than outcome goals.
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A solid personal goal setting system
is the key to
effective time management and life planning.
Setting personal goals wisely, you get a sense
of achievement, sustain motivation,
and reduce stress.