Dear Readers,

This week’s discussion is on Goal Setting. I will be sharing with you on the importance of goal setting and how to set a goal. I feel that goal setting is one of the most important life skills that everyone should acquire.

It is a pity that such an important life skill is paid so little attention in schools. It is no wonder why most people are living their lives without a direction.

Think about it. Do you really know what you want in your life? Are you fulfilling the goals of other people or yours? Is this really what you want to achieve?

Do you want something better for yourself and your family? Just remember that it is OK to ask for more, we live in a world of abundance and there is enough for everyone.

1) Why are Goals important? 

For any chance of survival, plants need sunlight and fish needs water. The same applies to human beings, we NEED goals and specific plans to lead a fulfilling life. They are the pulse of our life. Goals allow us to stay FOCUSED and not be distracted by things that are happening around us.

2) Why is Goal Setting so important?

I feel that it is the foundation of success. Let me illustrate a few examples: A construction company will not build a flat without a blueprint. A prime minister will not deliver a speech without first considering the content. Finally, an extraordinary life cannot be constructed without a solid foundation based on goals.

3) What Goals should I set?

I feel that it is important to set goals in all areas of your life: ranging from Personal, Health, Recreation, Family, Friendship, Community, Career, Financial, Household and Spiritual. It is important to set goals in all areas of your life so that you can lead a balanced lifestyle.

4) How to Set a Goal?

Here are some steps you can take into consideration while learning how to set a goal:

a) Write down your Goals on a piece of paper. Be as specific as possible.

b) Divide them into short-term, mid-term and long-term.

Short-Term Goals can range from 1 day to 3 months.

Mid-Term Goals can be anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

Long-Term Goals can range from 2 to 5 years.

c) Write down the benefits of achieving your goals.

d) Identify what is stopping you from achieving your goals.

e) Determine what you are willing to give up temporarily to focus on your goals.

f) Acquire the necessary knowledge that you need.

g) Form a master-mind alliance, a team of capable people with different talents that you may need.

h) Develop an Action Plan that encompasses the daily activities to be carried out and so on.

i) Set a Dateline.

j) Plan your rewards.

If you are serious about learning how to set a goal and discovering what are your goals in life, I would highly recommend that you check out this book, What Are Your Goals: Powerful Questions to Discover What You Want Out of Life

by Gary Ryan Blair.

This is a really phenomenal book that employs the age-old Socrates technique of questioning to cultivate your mind and stretch your thinking. I would like to finish the discussion with this quote by Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” So friends, please examine your life right now because it is never too late to start setting goals and lead a more fruitful life. 

To Your Goal Setting Success,

Edmund Yeo

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