Creating the Perfect Goals for Success

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Why do we need goals? We need them so that we know where we want to go, right? Without goals, we are basically wandering around in the darkness hoping that we reach the right place. But, we also use goals as a motivational tool to give us that boost of energy to work towards them.

If you ask any motivational speaker, one of the key points they will tell you to achieve success is to write down your goals. Well, that’s not the whole story though. Just writing them down doesn’t give you that energy boost that you need to achieve success but I’ll tell you my secret to goal setting. First, you have to start dreaming again, and not the dreams that you have when you sleep at night, but the dreams that you had when you were kids like, “I wanna live in a mansion when I grow up.” Don’t be afraid to dream big because odds are if you dream big but only reach halfway, that’s still halfway farther than if you didn’t dream at all.

Ok, so let’s talk about your mansion. Just writing down a mansion in your Goals list isn’t enough. Write down details. What kind of architecture would it be? Would it be a fairy tale type of castle? Would it be an Italian Villa? How many bedrooms? What about an indoor pool?

Another secret to goal setting is to find images of some of the things you want so that you can picture them clearly in your mind. It gives your goals a sense of realism more than if you were to just think about the word “mansion.” Find some pictures of Italian Villas or indoor pools or whatever it is that you want and just imagine yourself in there.

Personally, I’m big on travel experiences, so I have a few far-away destinations on my list. Right now, I travel within the country, but that’s not enough. As I said, you have to dream big if you want to hit reach new levels of success so I have Bali, Australia, and even China on my list. I’ve saved images of these destinations on my computer and even set a couple of them as my desktop background on both of my monitors. I know the specific cities I want to go to and all the best hotels, restaurants, and sites to visit. It makes it much more real when you get down to the details.

So, you can start by making a list of your goals but you need to go further. Get into the details. Find images. Picture yourself owning those items or having those experiences already. Doing this will only help you in whatever venture you choose to go with.

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Karie Barrett
Karie Barrett

Karie is a results-obsessed marcom, design, and analytics professional with proven success leading corporate marketing, internal communications, and business strategy development for companies across diverse commercial and nonprofit industries.

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