More Than Just Goal Setting Talk - Taking Action Is The Key

Chapter 3: What's Time Got To Do With It?

Success takes more than just goal setting aspirations, it's takes a person who is ready to take charge of their life regardless of their circumstance. In the following chapter of Goal Setting for Success, you'll learn how to better perceive and interpret how you spend your time and understand how that impacts your ability to achieve your goals.

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Consider your goals to be dreams with specific timelines. Yes, more than just goal setting checklists, this is about what you need to do to realized your full potential and reach your dreams.

All good things take hard work, persistence, patience and time.

Time, what is time? Most people see time as nothing more than a short hand and a long hand on the face of a clock. They give it no more thought, since it's obviously something they can't change - or can they change it? 

What you can change is how you perceive time. Have you ever heard the phrase, "Time flies when you're having fun." or "It's about time he showed up!"?

Read each statement above again and ask yourself what emotion it invokes in you.

When you talk about time going by quickly because you are having a good experience, it makes you feel good. However, when you hear that someone's late and causing you to wait for them, it invokes feelings of anger or resentment.

The point here is that in each case, time didn't change, it still moved forward at the same rate - one second at a time. However, based on the emotion we attached to Time, our body language, facial expressions and even our heart rate changes to correlate with the emotion.

"Begin preparing now for the day when opportunity arrives, otherwise, the ship you've been waiting for will surely pass you by."

When you look at time in this way, you realize that you can choose how you perceive time in your life. As a result, you can also better determine how you choose to spend your time.

Do you see how this idea of time is about more than just goal setting, it's about living a quality life.

By utilizing a quality goal setting approach you can ensure that you spend maximum time doing the things that make you happy and that invoke positive feelings versus feelings of dread or regret.

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

- Jimmy Dean

Success Lesson #4: The Power of "Right Now"

If we could only make our highest moments permanent, what amazing things we could achieve in life, and what magnificent beings we could become.

Unfortunately, we too often allow our persistence to cool and as a result our visions for the future fade until eventually they are out of sight, while time continues to roll along. 

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out."

- Ronald Reagan

Men and women who postpone their visions, who delay the execution of their ideas, who bottle up their thoughts, to be used at a more convenient time, always lose out in the game of life.

The forceful, vigorous, effective men and women are those who execute their ideas while they are full of enthusiasm and inspiration.

"Beware, putting off your dreams and goals quickly become a destructive habit, keeping you from living the life your deserve."

The ideas that come to you today are not meant for you to get to tomorrow - they are meant for you to act upon now. Never fear, ideas for tomorrow will come - tomorrow.

As stated above, the lesson about how you spend your time is about more than just goal setting. The habit of procrastination will kill off the strongest initiative so you must avoid and conquer this habit, or it will conquer you.

Too much caution paired with a lack of confidence are fatal enemies of a grand idea. 

Goal Setting for Success Is About More Than Just Goal Setting

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