Goal Setting – Starts with a Vision
Your Personal Vision For Your Life
Hi Fellow Seeker,
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision
comes from passion, not position”
— John Maxwell
This quote form John Maxwell is so rich with
truth. The key words here are “vision” and
What is your vision for your life? What is your
vision for your career? Your health? Your
relationship? And so on…
Take some time today to re-aquaint yourself
with your personal vision for your life.
How do you see your ultimate life unfolding?
Notice how your own sense of passion becomes
activated as you think about your ultimate vision.
What are you passionate about? Have you been
neglecting some of your passions due to a hectic
Just for today, remind yourself about all of these
things. Recognize areas of opportunity to re-
introduce your passions back into your regular
Self Mastery begins with self-observation and self-management and leads to the fulfillment of your vision of yourself and your life.
So start by taking 20 minutes without distractions to really think about what your vision for yourself or your loved ones.
Be specific. What exactly do you want to accomplish? Specific career goals as in job title or responsibilities. Health goals as in weight or strength or flexibility or endurance/skill level. What, kind of vehicle do you need? What will your home include? Where do you want to live? If you want to travel, to what places? To do what things?
Four Core Areas of Results
Consider the four core life aspects: Family, Finances, Faith and Fitness or if you prefer: relationships, Money, Health and Spirituality. These are the four core areas where we will have results. Regardless of what you do, there will be results in each of thes4e areas. Your relationships may deepen or collapse. Your health may improve or not. You may have more financial or career success or less.
However, you are more likely to get what you want if you actually realize you want it and start taking steps, however small, towards that result.
Intention Preceeds Action
The first step in any action is the intention that forms in your brain. Your brain is a powerful force that can control all aspects of what we consider to be ourselves, both mentally and physically. Our thoughts can make us happy or our thoughts can make us ill. How many of us have tummy trouble when we are anxious or scared? It isn’t like we are about to be eaten. Taking a test or speaking in front of an audience won’t kill us but we can get physically ill, just by our thoughts. That’s why scary movies make us jump and our hearts beat faster. Our brain is telling our body that we need to be afraid.
So any goal setting needs to begin with setting an intention. Research has shown that you are more likely to reach your goal if you have a strong reason for wanting or needing to reach it, are very specific in what you are after and take consistent action toward achieving it, while taking into account a feedback loop to manage obstacles.
Here is what the collective research has to say about successful goal setting and achieving:
1.You need a very specific Why and a very specific What.
2. Write it down and think about it several times a day
3.How great it will be – What will my life look like with it.
4.Plan how to get it – including what may be an early stumbling block
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