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Goal setting and planning basic structures / key points

Your Goals Should Be:

In Harmony with your dominant thoughts and each other.
Challe­nging to the degree that there is perhaps a 50% chance of success with the current parameters (not impossibly easy, but not superf­luously easy either).
Varied consisting of both tangible and intangible horizons, on short term and long term axes.

Planning Model

1a. Purpose
Define the "­why­". This must happen before any other step in the process to provide clarity, drive motiva­tion, create criteria, and define success.
1b. Principles
Define the core values and standards that provide boundaries to planning. Creates "­in-­bou­nds­" and "­out­-of­-bo­und­s" clarity.
2. Envisioned Outcome
Define the "­wha­t". Determine what the outcome looks like manifest in the real world. You can't hit a target you can't see.
3. Brainstorm
Once you know the "­why­" and "­wha­t", you can focus on the "­how­". Go for quantity over quality.
4. Organize
After ideas have been expressed, patterns will begin to emerge. What must occur? In what order? Identify signif­icant pieces, sort by compon­ents, and detail to the required degree.
5. Determine Next Actions
Within the structure of the plan, next action must be defined and assigned for each moving part. This includes concrete steps to completion as well as next steps in the planning process.

12 Steps to Goal Setting

1. Desire
Develop intense, burning desire to see the outcome manifest in the real world.
2. Belief
Develop the unshakable belief that you are capable of of achieving what you envision.
3. On Paper
Write it down! Just in setting your goals to paper, you begin to make them real.
4. Benefits
List every concei­vable reason as to why achieving this goal would be beneficial to your life
5. Starting Point
Analyze the starting point. Be brutally honest and thorough in creating a complete picture of where you're at.
6. Deadline
Set a deadline! Be aggressive in setting your initial deadline and flexible in updating it as things progress and change.
7. Obstacles
Make a list of every obstacle on your path to success. Identify the biggest obstacle (Limiting Step) and take every action to mitigate it.
8. Additional Inform­ation
Identify all of the inform­ation, resources, training, or skills you will need to be succes­sful.
9. People
Make a list of every person who could help you on your path to achieve this goal.
10. Plan
Make a plan and commit it to paper. This plan can and will evolve and change, but giving yourself a starting structure is critical to taking action
11. Visualize
Use Visual­ization to build the desired outcome vividly in your mind and use this image to motivate you.
12. Commitment
Make an unbrea­kable commit­ment, in advance, to NEVER give up until you achieve your goal. If you cannot do this, it is either a goal not worth achieving, or you are not being honest with yourself about achieving it.


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