Pick out the four most important goals for you for this year. Pick the things you are most committed to, most excited about, things that would give you the most satisfaction. Write them down. Now write down when you absolutely will achieve them. Be clear and concise and positive. Tell yourself why you are sure you can reach those outcomes, and why it is important that you do.
If you can find enough reasons to do something, you can get yourself to do anything. Our purpose for doing something is a much stronger motivator than the object that we pursue. If you have enough reasons, you can do anything. Reasons are the difference between being interested versus being committed to accomplish something. There are many things in life we say we want, but really we are only interested in them for a time. We must be totally committed to whatever it takes to achieve. If, for example, you just say you want to be rich, well, that is a goal, but it does not tell your brain much. If you understand why you want to be rich, what being wealthy would mean to you, you will be much more motivated to get there. Why to do something is much more important than how to do it. If you get a big enough why, you can always figure out the how. If you have enough reasons, you can do virtually anything in this world.
Now that you have a list of your key goals, review them against the five rules for formulating outcomes. Are your goals stated in the positive? Are they sensory specific? Do they have an evidence procedure? Describe what you will experience when you achieve them. In even clearer sensory terms, what will you see, hear, feel, and smell? Also note if the goals are maintainable by you. Are they ecological and desirable for you and others? If they violate any of these conditions, change them to fit.
Next make a list of the important resources you already have at your disposal. When you begin a construction project, you need to know which tools you have. To construct an empowering vision of your future, you need to do the same thing. So make a list of what you have going for you: character traits, friends, financial resources, education, time, energy, or whatever. Come up with an inventory of the strengths, skills, resources and tools.
When you’ve done that, focus in on times you used some of those resources most skillfully. Come up with three to five times in your life when you were totally successful. Think of the times in business or sports or financial matters or relationships when you did something particularly well. It can be anything from a killing in the stock market to a wonderful day with your kids. Then write them down. Describe what you that made you succeed, what qualities or resources you made effective use of, and what about that situation made you feel successful.
After you’ve done all that, describe the kind of person you would have to attain your goals. Will it take a great deal of discipline, a great deal of education? Would you have to manage your time well? If, for example, you want to be a civic leader who really makes a difference, describe what kind of person elected and really has the ability to affect large numbers of people.
We hear a lot about success, but we don’t hear as much about the components of success – the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that go into producing it. If you don’t have a good grasp of the components, you may find it difficult to put together the whole, so stop now and write a couple of paragraphs or a page about all the character traits, skills , attitudes, beliefs, and disciplines you would need to have as a person in order to achieve all that you desire.