KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE
Years ago, I attended a seminar about goal-setting that I've
never forgotten. The leader of the workshop presented the
participants with tried-and-true steps to reaching every one of
our goals. At the time, I thought "It can't be this easy ... can
Well, the simple steps I learned then are still working for me
today, and I'd like to share them with you. Whether your goal is
to lose ten pounds, or to retire ten years early, these basic
principles can be applied to almost any life situation or
The first thing to do is to define the goal -- in specific,
measurable terms - and write it down. This helps you to clarify
what your goal really is, and gives it some life.
So, for example, instead of just saying, "I'd like to retire
early,' your goal should be stated as "I'd like to retire no
later than the year 2004." When the leader of that workshop
talked about this step, she said, "Having it written down allows
you to stay focused, and to keep your eye on the prize."
The next thing to do with a goal is to 'make molehills out of
mountains.' In other words, break the goal down into more
manageable segments - either by time frame, or some other
measurable unit. For example, if your goal is to lose twenty
pounds, you would 'make molehills out of mountains' by declaring
that you will lose four pounds per month.
And keep your eye on the prize.
Now that you have a measurable goal down on paper, and you've
broken it down into manageable parts, you need to look at all
the obstacles that are stopping you - or have stopped you in the
past - from reaching it. Write them down.
Then, for each obstacle you define, figure out what resources
are available to you to get over, or past, or through, that
barrier. Negative self-talk in your way?
Create affirmations you can use, daily, to counter-act it. A
well-meaning friend or relative tries to stop you? Make a list
of all the folks you know who support you! For every obstacle,
there is a solution. Find yours, record them - and keep your eye
on the prize.
Finally, you need to determine ways that you will reward
yourself. And don't wait until you get over the mountain - build
in a suitable reward for each way-point, each time you push past
an obstacle on the way to your goal.
All of these steps WILL move you closer to reaching your goal if
you follow them. What's stopping you now?
Is your eye on the prize?