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Setting Goals!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

This is a time of year when folks make resolutions and plans for the coming year. Over the years I have often done goal setting exercises, but almost never around New Year’s… just when the mood strikes me. Well, I’ve been eager to get some goal setting done. The exercises I use are excerpted from CD’s by Jim Rohn. I’ve summarized the goal setting exercises he outlines below. Interestingly, I summarized his goal setting exercise in 1995 and have been using it ever since! Wow… that’s a long time.

I highly recommend taking some quiet time to go through this in a thoughtful manner. Put your goals some place where you can go back to them frequently. After I complete the exercise I put the results, my goals,in my journal. Then I flag the page so I can regularly review them and continue to make progress.

Long Range Goal Setting:

1. Label a piece of paper, “Long Range Goals
• Take 10-15 minutes to think about what you want within the next 1 to 10 years.
• Write down 50+ items
• Include, what you want to do, what you want to share
• Be brief, let the ideas flow
• Goals should include Economic (income, profits), Material items (tangibles), Personal development (fitness, be more decisive, etc), Other areas (family, social, etc).

2. Go through the list. Next to each item, if it can be accomplished in 1 year write “1”, or for items that can be accomplished in 3 years write “3” and so on. Do this for the following time frames, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years.

3. Review – do you need more 1 year or 3 year goals or 10 year goals? Add or shift a couple if necessary

4. Pick the 4 most important goals in each time frame (1,3,5,10). Write a description of each goal in detail. Include why you want to achieve it.

Reflect, refine and revise your goals. Make sure you know why you want them.

Once complete, transfer your goals and descriptions to your journal or someplace where you can keep track of them and review them. Continue to review your goals often, weekly or daily.

Celebrate the accomplishment of any long term goal.

Short Range Goals

Next, make a list of 50+ short range goals, things that can be accomplished within the next year. These are confidence builders for working and achieving the long term goals.

Put the list in your journal and check off items as you complete them.

Share your goals with others as you feel appropriate. Do what it takes to become the person you want to be.

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  • MAMAMIA206
    Sonja, you're incredible! I really admire how far you've been able to push your body, and how positive you are about your life! I will definitely keep you in mind as I follow my own journey (especially because you're also a "Sonja" with a "j"!)
    -Sonja :)
    4207 days ago
    This post is such a grea resource. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!! You are truly inspiring, keep up the good work!
    4833 days ago
    I swear goal setting is in my genes or something, because I naturally did this type of exercise as a 7 year old! I'm excited to see it laid out and simplified like this so I can pass it along to my boyfriend, who is the exact opposite. And Jim Rohn is awesome. Thanks for sharing!
    4858 days ago
    Thanks for this Sonja. I will spend some time on it. I've done one similar before and it was excellent!
    4861 days ago
    Thank you Sonja for sharing your goal setting method!

    I'm going to try it out myself and see if I can... HOW I WILL make 08
    and beyond a great year and turning point for me


    4862 days ago
    This a great reflection. Good luck to you in 2008. Keep up the great work. Cheers! Trish
    4862 days ago
    This is wonderful! Thank you!
    4863 days ago
    I love this! Thx Sonja!!
    4863 days ago
    Sonja, thanks for sharing. It was very nice of you to outline those steps for all to see. I take it you have had great success with it over the years. It really does help to write things down and then develop a plan to achieve those goals. Hope you're having a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday season. Take care and I'll TTY.

    4864 days ago
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