Setting Personal Goals: Create Life Goal Plans


Setting personal goals is just part of our Goal Setting For Success tool for aspiring leaders. Learn how to cope with a missed deadline or unforeseeable change and adjust your goal plan.

"It doesn't matter where you are coming from.
All that matters is where you are going.”

What should you do if you miss a timeline for achieving a task or a goal?

First of all, you can celebrate the fact that you have been setting personal goals and that you have a goal plan that has required you to establish written timelines.

"Things will occur that take you off your goal plan, but just as wind throws a ship off course, you simply need to adjust the sails and continue on your way."

Just imagine where you'd be if you had never established your goals in the first place. Odds are you wouldn't be as far along as you are today, right?

If you miss a deadline, make sure you take time to understand why it was missed. Was the timeline realistic in the first place or was it too overreaching? Could it be that you allowed too many smaller rocks, pebbles or grains of sand, to get in the way of you focusing your attention on the big rocks?

Life is complex, and sometimes life just happens. Life tends to "happen" more often when you have a spouse and children that also require your time. This is an unavoidable fact of life, but it doesn't have to bring us down.

Rather, we can work to put things into their proper perspective to ensure that when life gets in the way of our goals setting plans and we miss a time target, we simply acknowledge it; assess how we might avoid it in the future, and then quickly press forward.

This is your life, and these are your goals. Yes, the goals you have set are important and your ability to make continuous progress on your goals is paramount. However, one missed time target won't make the sky fall and the sun will once again rise in the morning.

Setting personal goals and working to achieve those goals is a process. You'll get better at it the more you do it. Make every effort to enjoy the entire learning process as you go.

You can learn more about setting personal goals and discover proven principles for effective goal setting by watching Jim Rohn's powerful 4-hour goal setting DVD program, How to Have Your Best Year Ever. Learn goal setting techniques for developing success skills that will help you to achieve your life goals.

Success Lesson #6: Make A Timely Decision

"You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures."
- Charles C. Noble

"When I don't know whether to fight or not, I always fight," said Nelson. This power of prompt and firm decision in a desperate crisis helped make Nelson one of the world's greatest naval heroes.

This capacity for setting personal goals quickly with prompt decision making and swift action was one of the secrets of Lord Kitchener's success. Napoleon also had a wonderful ability to decide quickly on important questions and matters of great importance.

"The ability to arrive quickly and effectively at a conclusion is characteristic of all great leaders."

Von Molke's great motto was "First weigh, then venture." The great German general was very cautious in planning and setting personal goals and in determining his next action, but his resolve was strong and he was prompt in his execution.

Quality decision-making is a mark of a masterful personality. Men and women of unwavering decision are born to conquer the world.

It is the positive, decisive man or woman, who can say "No" with emphasis or "Yes" with vigor, and stick to it, that wins our confidence and wins out in life.

It is the one who knows what she wants and is effective at setting personal goals, and makes a bee line for getting things done, is the one who always seems to "arrive".

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"Only as high as I reach can I grow,
only as far as I seek can I go,
only as deep as I look can I see,
only as much as I dream can I be."

- Karen Ravn

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