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How to Advance Your Personal Goals (3 Key Steps)



1. INCLUDE IN EVERY DAY'S SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES THAT ADVANCE YOUR GOALS


  • These are YOUR goals; not necessarily your employer’s (it's very easy to lose oneself into being an extra-dutiful employee), and they can be in any aspect of your life.

  • If you DON’T HAVE clear goals, and you don’t know where to focus your time and energy; that alone should be a red flag.

  • If you can recite your employer’s mission statement by heart and you don’t know -with moving conviction- your own, that’s a red flag.


2. DON'T CONFUSE BUSY-WORK WITH ACHIEVEMENT. ENTER A VIRTUOUS CYCLE.


  • A back-to-back schedule will drain you or energize you depending on whether the activities sideline or help you attain what matters to you most.

  • This feeling will compound over time. Months without progress on your personal goals will create frustration and regret, while persistent progress will inspire you, build your confidence, and ultimately energize and reward you.


3. BE SYSTEMATIC ABOUT IMPROVING


  • Life will get in the way. On the issues that truly matter to you, push yourself to achieve results that will make you proud of your effort. That should be the benchmark with which you evaluate each day.

  • Avoid complacency. Be deliberate about pushing yourself regularly beyond your comfort zone. Stay on your toes.

  • Evaluate your actions periodically: Designate a time to evaluate how the past week’s schedule aligned with your goals: How many of your activities (meetings, calls, time spent online, etc.) were on point? How much of what you did didn’t support your goals even indirectly? Identify these activities and adjust as needed next week’s and next month’s schedule.

  • Be deliberate about being a constant learner. Tossing a seed on the ground is not the same as planting, and taking information in is not the same as learning. You don’t learn on autopilot. Commit to LEARNING.



PRE-REQUISITE: HAVE CLEAR GOALS


  • Defining S.M.A.R.T. goals is absolutely not enough.

  • To find inspiring goals, focus first on your DESIRES.

Give each of these questions careful thought, provide several answers to each question, and put your answers on paper.


  • What are the non-negotiables in your life; the Must Have’s?

  • What do you want to experience in life?

  • What do you want to leave behind you?

  • What will you have had to spend your energy, time, and heart on, to have, at the end of your days, the conviction that you've lived your life WELL, regardless of successes or downfalls?

  • Be bold, because your expectations will set the upper limit of what you will go for.


Net Net: There are certain matters you care about that form your vision of YOUR life well lived. Advancing them will be energizing and meaningful to you, and not doing so will make you to feel stagnated in your life. Make sure you advance what matters to you most at least a bit every day.




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