Start Setting Goals You Actually Want to Achieve

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To be honest, I am not personally concerned with your particular goals. However, you most certainly must be.

In fact, the specifics of the goals you set for yourself determine in great measure your accomplishments, your achievements, and ultimately, your happiness. You need a philosophical understanding of what you want to achieve. In essence, you need to make your work and life ­goals more explicit. To get started on this, answer the following questions about your career and life goals as well as you can. Even if you cannot give a final answer to each question right now, keep thinking about your answers as you journey toward greater effectiveness by organizing your work and your life:

This is a self-evaluation experience, so only your own feelings, beliefs, ideas, and judgments are relevant.

Item 1)    In your personal journal, make a list of ten “goals” you would like to achieve in your personal life during the next ten years. Each goal should describe an achievement (or an honor or reward recognizing an achievement) you would be proud to accomplish. Try to express each goal in specifics so you or anyone else can determine whether or not you achieve it.

For example, you might wish to establish five close friendships with people you don’t already know. Anyone else observing your life can easily determine whether or not you achieve this goal.

You might decide you want to travel to seven countries you haven’t previously visited, or go camping in Brazil, or learn to play five songs on a guitar. Again, anyone else observing your life can easily determine whether or not you achieve this goal.

For each of your ten personal goals, describe what you might have to give up in other parts of your life to make room for the chance to reach it.

Item 2)    In your personal journal, make a list of ten “goals” you would like to achieve in your career during the next ten years. As with your personal life goals, each career goal should describe an achievement (or an honor or reward recognizing an achievement) you would be proud to accomplish. Again, try to express each goal in specifics so you or anyone else can determine whether or not you achieve it.

For each of your ten career goals, describe what you might have to give up in other parts of your life to make room for the chance to reach it.

Item 3)    For each of these 20 goals you have listed, describe what preparation you might undertake to expand your capabilities so you can more readily reach the goal.

(This is one in a series of posts explaining how to become more effective by properly organizing your life and work. For more on this topic, please check back here often, sign up to receive my new blog posts as I publish them, and/or buy my book — a classic in the field: “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.” It will soon be reissued in a newly revised and expanded edition for the 21st Century. To pre-order the new version of the book, please click on a pre-order button on the Home page or the one below.)

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