Goal setting is poorly recognised as the extraordinarily powerful tool it is for creating change in your life.  It works on a host of different levels to get you where you want to go.  For the definitive information on goal setting you should visit  Below is a short summary of the mechanisms that make goal setting so powerful:


Goal setting improves decision making.


How many decisions and choices do you make a day, big, small and tiny?  100, 1,000, 10,000, whatever it is it is a large number, many of which are made unconsciously.  If you know what your goals are, the decision is often made for you.  You become decisive, there is no need for procrastinate.  The decision will be the one that gets you towards your goal, no matter how small a step it is.  You will be making a small number of large decisions and choices with obvious and conscious effect (such as who you talk to and what you talk about) but you will also make a large number of small, more or less unconscious, decisions and choices (such as what you notice, what you say, what clothes you wear, the colours you like and the music you listen to).  Many of these small decisions wonít seem relevant because their impact is very small, but in total they will have a similar size effect to the small number of large decisions.  This is why those who experience the success of goal setting are surprised by how easy their goal is achieved.


Goal setting improves decision making by filtering out options that donít contribute to your goals.  This reduces the complexity of your life.  It creates clarity and focus in your thinking which improves confidence and motivation.


Goal setters know what they are going to do next.


Have you had the situation whereby you consider doing some work, but you end up doing nothing because you couldnít be bothered thinking about what to do next.  This is not a moral work ethic issue, it is just a fact that your brain isnít always ready for everything, sometimes it needs a bit of time and the right activity to get it in the mood.  If you have a goal, you have a plan, you know where you are up to in that plan and therefore you know what to do next without having to think about it.


This leads to a simple time management idea that can greatly reduce your unproductive time.  Whenever you stop something with the intention of returning to it, make sure you have already worked out what you will do when you return and the first small step to go about doing it.  If necessary write it down.  It will also help if you have already worked out when you will do it as well.  These points are especially true if you donít particularly like the task but you have to do it.  It is often harder to flip your mind into a new task than it is to do the task itself.  Knowing exactly what has to be done next, without having to think about it is usually enough to get you started and removes a potential source of procrastination.


Goal seekers are proactive rather than reactive.


A spruiker recently spoke about his profession.  It became clear that there are those who do not approve of his occupation and some of these have spoken to him about it.  As a result, his talk was well rooted in a justification of his role.  He was being reactive.  The result is that he focused the audienceís attention on whether or not he should be spruiking.  If he was a goal seeker and, therefore, proactive, it would not have occurred to him to broach the subject, he would have spoken about his ideals and where it will take him and he would have encouraged the audience to support him in that goal.  The net result would be that the agenda would be spun around to the goal seekerís positive message rather than someone elseís negative one.


Beginning goal setters are usually astonished by the height they can set their goals and still achieve them.


The vast majority of those who have changed history have had a clear set of goals and a single-minded determination to achieve them.  Good leadership is best achieved by creating clear goals which are shared and understood by those that are led.


Goal setters know what they are going to do next. 


As with all powerful tools, goals have to be handled with care and constant attention.

Goal setting is a process that requires time and revision.  You need to be sure that your goals are appropriate for your situation and that you will not be neglecting important aspects of your life.


The goals you really value are not always the ones that you easily identify and there are methods for identifying these goals.


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