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The key to setting performance goals that you can be passionate about is the process of determining what it is that you really want out of life.
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Did you know that as soon as you change the thing(s) you focus your attention on, you instantaneously change (for better or worse) the quality of your life experience?
With all of the increasing demands in life; the things that require our attention and monopolize our time, it's more important than ever to become the master of your time.
If you fail to take complete ownership of your daily schedule and place appropriate limits on how other people or things take up your time, then you risk marginalizing the quality of your future.
So how do you determine what it is that you want out of life as you're setting performance goals for your life?
First, you should know that whatever your goal is; whenever you think about it, participate in it, or dream about it, the very thought of achieving that goal must spark your ambition.
If you wake up every day wishing you were a painter, and you think about it often throughout the day, and you go to bed thinking about the achievements of famous painters - then my friend, you need are a painter and you need to pursue your passion.
"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Doing what you are meant to do, makes life a masterpiece."
The bigger question is, "what's stopping you from pursuing your passion?" Many times it is the simple fear of failing that keeps us from taking that first step toward our goal.
In addition, the demands from other people too often become our excuse for not doing what we want to do in life.
Another main thief of our time is our bad habits. Watching too much TV, smoking, drinking, eating, etc. All of these time-wasters can minimize our chances of making significant progress if we allow these destructive actions to dominate our spare time.
In order to determine what you want, complete the following three steps:
Spend some quality time on the above exercise. Write down your thoughts in a spiral notebook or on your computer so that you can quickly refer back to your answers when completing future exercises. More to come soon, but for now let's get another dose of motivation...
- Dennis Waitley
It's been said that it is not failure that is a crime. Rather, it is one having a low aim that is truly criminal.
Before any man or woman can enter the success race and be admitted onto
the success track, he must first have a definite purpose, a high
unwavering aim for setting performance goals and achieving those goals. He must have
the courage, grit and determination to cling to that goal no matter what stands
in his way.
"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe,and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success."
- Stephen A. Brennan
While all human achievement is the results of man's ambition instinct, there is no quality which requires more watching, guarding or cultivating, than ambition.
Ambition will not live and keep growing if it is not nourished; and
the moment a person begins to disregard it his ideals begin to fade.
"No matter how poor you may be or how humble your environment, always keep looking upward. Never be afraid to aim high."
If your ambition is not thoroughly alive, if it shows up only now and then, especially when you are disappointed or discouraged, you should immediately rise out of your chair, raise your head and muster your courage to take action - begin setting performance goal plans - and work to conquer any downward emotion.
The only way to climb out of a hole is to grasp hold of anything that will pull you up and keep your eyes fixed firmly upon the stars.
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