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Dare to Think Big! Set Goals To Move You Forward

Every human step forward, big and small inventions, medical discoveries, technical achievements, business successes were all envisioned long before they became reality. Satellites orbiting the earth are not due to accidental discoveries of man, but because science has set the goal of “conquering space”.

The goal is not simply having a dream, but a dream being put into practice. A goal is not a vague statement: “Oh! I wish I could”. Your goal is much clearer: “What I am aiming for is”.

Nothing will happen, no further development if you don’t have a clear goal. Without a goal, you are just wandering around for the rest of your life. Wandering around, not knowing where I’m going, so I can’t get anywhere.

Goals are as important to success as atmosphere is to life. No one can happen to succeed without setting a clear goal. No one has ever lived without air. Clearly define the goal you want to achieve.

Dave Mahoney, from an ordinary employee in the mail room to a vice president of an advertising agency at the age of 27, the president of Good Humour at the age of 33. In his words, “The most important thing is not It’s not where you’ve been or where you are, but where you want to be.”

Large corporations often set long-term goals for 10-15 years and strive to achieve the set goals. A factory is built not for today’s needs, but often for the next 5-10 years. Companies conduct research to find new product lines that will emerge in about a decade or so.

Modern businesses do not place their future in vain hopes. So, should you?

Each of us can learn valuable lessons from a visionary business. We should plan for the next 5 or 10 years. Right now, you should build yourself the image you want to be in the next 10 years, if you really have great ambition. This is extremely important.

Like a business that doesn’t care about planning for itself, that business will stay where it is, even disappear in the future. Those who do not set long-term goals for themselves, they will lose direction in life. Without goals we cannot grow.

There was a young man named B who came to see me about a career related matter. He looks very composed, smart graduated from college and single.

We chatted for a while about his current job, his studies, his talents, and other general information. Then I asked: “You came to me asking for advice on changing jobs, but what kind of job are you really looking for?”.

He replied, “Ah, that is the problem that brought me to see you today. I don’t even know what I want to do!”

The problem B is facing, seems to be very common. But I realized, it wouldn’t do him any good if I just set him up for a few interviews with a few recruiters. Trial and error is the least effective method of job selection. If you try 10 jobs, your chances of making the right choice are only 1 in 10. I had to help the young man realize that, if he wanted to find a suitable job, he had to know what it was first.

So I said, “Let’s look at your plan from this perspective: Can you describe to me what you’ll be like in 10 years?”

B thinks for a while and then replies: “Well, I want just like everyone else, a good job with a good salary and a nice house. It seems so, although I haven’t given it much thought.”

First, I confirmed to B that dream was completely natural. Then I began to explain: the way he thinks about choosing a career is like going to an airline ticket office and saying, “sell me a ticket”. The ticket agent cannot help you because you did not specify your destination.

This causes B to think. We sat together for the next two hours, not to talk about the merits of different jobs and professions, but to discuss how to set goals. I believe B has learned the most important lesson in career planning. Before you start, you need to know where you want to go.

Do like the big successful corporations: plan for the future, talents, abilities, mindset, those are the “products” you have. You want to develop your “products” to achieve the highest prices. Planning for the future will help you get there.

The following two steps can help you.

– First, envision your future in terms of three aspects: work, family, and society. Breaking your life down into such chunks will keep you from getting tangled up, don’t create conflicts, and help you see things more holistically.

– Second, force yourself to answer the following questions honestly be precise and clear: what do I want to do in life? What kind of person do I want to be? And what needs to be done to achieve, exactly as desired?

Use the following planning guide.

MY IMAGE FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

• In the work.

• How much salary do I want to achieve?

• How much responsibility do I want?

• How much power do I want to have?

• I want to gain credibility at work?

• In the family.

• What standard of living do I want to provide for myself and my family?

• What kind of house would I like to live in?

• What kind of vacations would I like to have?

• I want to give my children financial support, especially in the next 10 years, when they are adults?

• In social.

• What kind of friends will I have?

• What social organizations do I want to join?

• In which community would I like to hold leadership positions?

• What values ​​do I want to fight for in life?

A few years ago, my young son insisted on building a small crate for the dog Peanut his pride, his joy. The boy’s perseverance and enthusiasm convinced us, so we set out to build Peanut own cage. Unfortunately, no one in my family is good at carpentry. As soon as a close friend visited, seeing the newly built cage immediately asked: “What the hell are you hanging on the tree? Isn’t that the dog house?” I replied it was a dog house. Then he pointed out a few mistakes we made and concluded: “Why don’t you draw a design first?”.

You know, when imagining the future, don’t be afraid to dream big. Modern people are judged by their dreams. No one can do more and beyond what they have set out for themselves.

Below is part of the “life plan” of one of my students back in the day. Try reading it. Notice how this friend envisions his “family” in the future. As he writes these lines, he certainly sees a very clear vision of the future.

“My goal is to own a piece of land in the countryside. The house will be designed in the style of a typical North American estate, two floors, painted white columns, will have a large yard, surrounded by a fence. I’m going to build an aquarium or two in the yard, because we both love fishing. The Doberman kennel will be located in the back of the house or somewhere suitable. What I always wanted was to build a road to drive into the house, winding between two rows of trees on the side of the road.

But a house is not necessarily a home. I will do everything to make the house more than just a place to eat and sleep. Of course, we cannot forget to take care of our spiritual life: we will make time to participate in prayer activities, praising God’s goodness.

Ten years from now, I want to be in a high social position so that I can take my family on a trip around the world. If I can’t find the time to travel around the world, I might split it up into four or five short trips, each year going to a different place. In fact, the plan in the “family” section depends a lot on how my “work” plan will be carried out. So, if I want to complete everything perfectly, I need to always pay attention and give my best.”

This plan was written 5 years ago. The former practitioner opened two grocery stores. Now he has five stores, and has acquired 17 acres of land in the countryside. He still maintains the idea, and follows the set goal.

Work, family, and personal life are three closely related parts of your life. Perhaps the most involved part is work. Thousands of years ago, in the early days, the person most respected by everyone in the tribe was the best hunter. In general, this point still holds true today. The standard of living we bring to our families and the respect we earn from our community and society largely depend on our success at work.

Not long ago, management research organization McKinsey launched a large-scale investigation to find out what makes a good CEO. Leaders in economics, politics, science and religion were interviewed. Accordingly, there is an answer that has been repeated in many different ways: the most important quality to be a CEO is the desire to rise to the top.

Remember John Wanamaker’s advice: “A man cannot do much until his motivation includes every possibility he has.”

A strong desire, when unleashed, becomes a great force.

I once talked to a young writer about the prospects of the university newspaper. If you’re looking for a capable person with a promising future in journalism, it’s him. Not long before he graduated, I asked, “Hey Dan

What do you plan to do next, working in the field of journalism?”. Dan looked at me and replied, “Ah, no. I love writing so much, I had a great time participating in the school newspaper. But journalism is very hungry, I don’t want to fall into poverty.”

I didn’t see Dan for the next five years. Then one morning, I ran into him in New Orleans. At that time, Dan was an assistant director of human resources for an electronics company. He quickly let me know that he is very dissatisfied with his job right now. “Oh, I’m getting paid very well, I’m working in a great company, I have a solid guarantee, but you know what, I’m not very passionate! Now I wish that on that day, after graduating, I would apply to a publishing house or a newspaper, how wonderful it would be!”

Dan was very depressed, sad and rich. He cynically criticizes everything. He will never achieve real success unless he quits his current job and starts journalism. Success requires both effort and passion.

If he was following his ambition, he could have achieved high positions in the media industry. And during that time, he was able to earn quite a bit of money, achieving job satisfaction far beyond his current job.

Switching from things you don’t like to doing things you really love is like adding a 500-horsepower engine to your nearly 10 year old car.

Any one of us has a dream, a burning desire for what we really want to do. But most of us are not determined to follow our dreams but kill them.

Here are 5 weapons that can kill your success. Get rid of them, because they are really dangerous.

• Low self-esteem. You’ve heard a lot of people say: “I want to be a doctor (or CEO, advertising actor or businessman) but I can’t do it”, “I lack the brain”, “if I try Even if I try, I will fail”, “I lack both knowledge and practical experience”. Many young people have killed their dreams with the very old thinking of underestimating themselves.

• Based on the theory of “absolute guarantee”. When someone exclaims, “I have to be sure where I am,” it is as if he is using a weapon of “absolute assurance” to kill his dreams.

• Competition. “There are already too many people in that field”, “there are many people in that field trampling on each other” are thoughts that kill dreams quickly.

• Parental arrangement. I have heard hundreds of young people explain their career choice as follows: “I want to study another major, but my parents want me to follow this major so I have to accept”. I am sure, most parents do not try to force their children to do anything, they just want to see their children achieve success. If children persist in explaining to their parents why they prefer to choose another profession, and if parents listen, there will never be tension between the two parties. The goals of parents and children meet in two words: success.

• Family responsibilities. The attitude “I should have changed 5 years ago, but now that I have a family, I can’t change it” is another weapon that kills your dreams.

Always throw away the weapons that can destroy your success! Remember, the only way to stay energized, always develop the potential to help you succeed, is to do what you want to do. Fuel your passion, you’ll have more energy, more enthusiasm, more will, and even a healthier body.

It’s never too late to follow your dreams and desires.

Most people who are really successful in life work more than 40 hours a week. You probably haven’t, and never will, hear complaints about overtime.

Successful people stay focused on their goals, which gives them more strength to work harder.

The bottom line is, when you set a goal that you’ve always wanted and determined to achieve, your energy and strength will double.

Millions of people can find their strength by choosing a clear goal and putting all their energy into it. Having a clear goal will help you banish boredom and a few other “chronic ailments.”

Let’s learn more about the amazing power that is unleashed when you set goals. When you work towards your dreams, when you are obsessed with a specific goal, you will receive the physical strength, energy, and enthusiasm needed to accomplish it. Plus you get something else of equal value. It’s an “automatic machine” that guides you flexibly on the path to achieving your goals.

Another surprising thing is that when you put your energy into a goal, it is easier to point the right direction. This is not difficult to understand.

The order of things goes like this: When you pay attention, that goal automatically appear in your subconscious. Your subconscious mind is always in balance, but your mind is not. Your mind is only balanced when the thoughts in it match the thoughts in your subconscious mind. If those thoughts do not correspond to your subconscious mind, you will feel hesitant, confused, and indecisive. But now that your goal has appeared in your subconscious, you will automatically react in the right way. And your mind will be free with coherent, logical thoughts.

Let’s illustrate this with the following two hypothetical people. As you read on, you’ll recognize these traits in real people somewhere you know. We call them Tom and Jack. These two guys are similar in every way except for one thing: Tom is focused on pursuing a goal, and Jack is not. Tom always knows what he wants. He wants to be the vice president of a large corporation in ten years.

Because Tom is always focused, that goal will be through the cues of the injector saying “do this” or “don’t do something, because it won’t help you achieve the goal”. The goal that reigns in his head will constantly remind him: “I am the image you want to make into reality. Here’s what you need to do to make me come true.”

Tom’s goals are no longer vague, but there are always specific instructions in each task. When Tom buys a suit, the goal is to show him what the wisest choice is. That goal will also show Tom how to transition into a new job, what to talk about at a business conference, what to do in a dispute, what books to read, what views to give. out. What if sometimes Tom goes a little off track? Then: “The Autopilot” – safely stored in Tom’s subconscious – will warn, indicating what he needs to do to get back on track.

Tom’s goals help him stay sensitive to risk factors that can affect the implementation roadmap. Jack, on the other hand, does not pursue a goal, so there is no “automatic machine” to guide him. As a result, it is easy for him to get confused and lose his mind, always hesitating about what to do. Since he did not have a clear goal, he gradually fell to the position of a common man.

Right now, you should read the above one more time. Let this concept sink deep into your mind. And look at the people around.

Observe the most successful people, notice how hard they work to achieve their goals.

Observe how the life of a highly successful person is always aligned with their goals.

Always do your best for the goal. Really do your best. Let your goals haunt you, and give you a fun, efficient “automaton”.

Sometimes we wake up on Sunday morning with no specific plan or schedule. On such days, we often do nothing. We idly wait for the day to pass and rejoice that it is finally over. But if we have planned for that day, we will have a good day.

Set a goal and complete it.

Our thriving manufacturing will be hopelessly bogged down, if the production managers don’t set and stick to the plan. Sales managers know that their employees will only try to sell more, if they know what their specific sales quota is. Professors know that their students will only complete assignments on time, when they know the deadline.

Now, if you are determined to succeed, set goals: deadlines, milestones to be achieved, specific quotas. You only achieve something when you plan to do it.

According to Dr. GeorGe E.Burch, an expert on human longevity, Tulane University School of Medicine, there are many factors that determine longevity: weight, genetics, diet, condition mentality, personal habits. “The fastest way to end life is to be inactive, both physically and mentally. To continue living, a person must have the desire to live and know how to find joy in life.”

Everyone has their own choice. Rest can be the beginning or the end. The “do nothing but eat and sleep” attitude is the fastest way to poison you. Those who think retirement means living without purpose and meaning, sooner or later realize that retirement is the “sign” of the end of life. When people live without purpose, people will collapse very quickly.

However, you need proper rest because that’s the way to “keep living happily and restarting life quickly”. Lew Gordon one of my best friends, chose this way of rest. After many years as vice president of one of Atlanta’s largest banks, Lew’s retirement seemed to him like a happy graduation day. He continued to work as a business consultant. What he has achieved is amazing.

At the age of 60, Lew has served countless customers and now known as a famous speaker throughout the United States. One of his projects is helping to build the Pi Sigma Epsilon, an association for salespeople and sales executives. Although it was just born, this organization has grown quite strongly. Every time I see Lew, I see him younger, thinking about 30 years old. No one I know has accomplished as much in life as Lew Gordon, who is determined not to take a leisurely break.

People like Lew Gordon never feel regret or whine about how old they are.

Steadfast goals can help a person, even without hope, to continue living. Mrs. D., the mother of a college friend of mine, got cancer when her son was 2 years old. Worse, her husband died just three months before she was diagnosed with the disease.

The doctors said all hope was getting slim, but Mrs. D. refused to give up. She decided to raise her two-year-old until he graduated from college, with money from a small retail store left by her husband. She had to undergo many surgeries and treatments. Every time the doctor shook his head and said, “You can live another month.”

But the “just one more month” deadline has now been extended to twenty years. She watched her son graduate from college. Six months later, she passed away.

A burning target powerful enough to prolong a foretold death even twenty years.

Use your goals to live longer. There is no cure in the world, your doctors will admit it, that gives you a longer life than the desire to do something.

Anyone who is determined to achieve ultimate success has one principle in mind: everything must be done one step at a time. To build a house, you have to build brick by brick. Football has to be played one game at a time. A department store gets bigger with every new customer. Every great achievement is built on a series of smaller achievements.

Eric Sevared, a well-known journalist, wrote in Reader’s Digest an article that demonstrates the principle of “going in pairs in succession”:

During the second world war, I and a few others had to jump from a damaged civilian plane into a forest in the mountains on the border between India and Myanmar. A few weeks later, a newly armed rescue expedition found us. After that, we had to do a arduous, arduous trek through the jungle to reach the central Indian forest. We had to hike 140 miles, cross mountain passes under the August sun and tropical monsoon rains.

For the first few hours, because I had to shove my feet into a pair of spiked shoes, at most my feet were blistered, bleeding, and the wound was the size of a fifty-cent coin. Will I be able to limp all the way 140 miles? Will others, even more seriously injured than me, make it all the way? Many people fear it is not possible. But after we crossed that mountain range, we found the next village to ask for a bed. That’s all we had to do…

When I decided to give up a steady monthly income to write a 250,000 word book, I didn’t give it much thought. Surely, then my deep conceit had a chance to surface. I just try to think of the content of the next paragraph, not of the next page or the next chapter. So, for six months, I did nothing but rearrange the fragmentary paragraphs I wrote. Therefore, it can be said that the book was ‘written by itself’.

Years ago I started doing daily news editing and broadcasting. My main program now has over 2,000 newsletters. If at that time, I was immediately forced to sign a contract to edit 2,000 newsletters, I would certainly refuse, because I do not think I would be able to handle such a huge amount of work. But they just asked me to write one newsletter after another, which is what I did and am doing.”

The step-by-step rule has been very helpful to Eric Sevared, hopefully it will work for you too. The step-by-step method is the only wise method that will help you achieve all your goals. The best way to quit smoking, and I’ve ever known, is to use the hour by hour method. This method has worked for my friends more than any other method. Instead of trying to reach the absolute goal of giving up the habit completely, you should set a goal of not smoking within the next hour.

When that hour has passed, you make a commitment to not smoke for another hour. Then when your cravings subside, you can increase your smoke-free interval to two hours, then a full day. People who want to immediately give up a habit will fail, because the mental and psychological discomforts outweigh the potential his endurance. An hour is easy; but forever is a much more difficult problem.

When you want to achieve any goal, you need a step by step approach. For junior managers, every time you’re given a task, no matter how trivial or insignificant, you should see it as an opportunity to take a step forward. A salesperson at a given time can only be responsible for one sale.

For a pastor, a professor, a scientist or an entrepreneur, every service, every lecture, every experiment, or every conference is an opportunity to take a step forward. bigger goal.

Sometimes, you can see someone achieve instant success. But if you pay attention to the past of these people who suddenly reached the top, you will see that they had to work very hard before that. People who are considered “successful” but fail equally quickly usually the ones who haven’t built a solid foundation for themselves.

Having lived a successful life is like building a splendid building. All must be made of small stones, things that seem to have no value. Do this: count your biggest goal by mapping out the next tasks you must complete, no matter how trivial the task, because it will be the right move. guide you to success. Always keep this quote in mind, use it to evaluate what you do: “Will this get you to the finish line?” If the answer is no. Please stop now; And if the answer is yes, then boldly move on.

This principle is very clear. We cannot take one big leap to instant success. We have to go step by step. A wise plan is one that has consecutive short-term goals.

Please use the form below as a guide. Under each main heading write what you will do in the next 30 days. Then, when the 30 days are up, check your progress and continue setting goals for the next 30 days. Always do the “small” things to be able to achieve the bigger goal.

A GUIDE TO FIND PROGRESS IN 30 DAYS

From now until the day // I will…

• AVOID THE FOLLOWING HABITS (HINT):

• Postpone things

• Use negative words.

• Watch TV for more than one hour a day.

• Chatting.

• EXERCISE THE FOLLOWING HABITS (HINT):

• Every morning thoroughly check the appearance.

• Every night plan out what to do the next day.

• Compliment people whenever possible.

• INCREASE YOUR VALUES TO YOUR COMPANY IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS (HINT):

• Train and manage staff well.

• Learn more about the company, field of activity, and target audience.

• Give three specific suggestions to help the company operate more efficiently.

• INCREASE YOUR LOCATION IN THE FAMILY IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS (HINT):

• Express appreciation for the little things my wife does for me, which I usually take for granted.

• Once a week, do something special with the whole family.

• Set aside one hour each day entirely for your family.

E. STRENGTHEN THE MIND BY (HINT):

• Spend two hours per week researching professional journals related to your area of ​​expertise.

• Read a book about self-help.

• Make four new friends.

• Take thirty minutes of quiet time each day to think.

The next time you meet a person you are well dressed, always calm, self-controlled, think clearly and coherently, or remember he was born, you are not born to do that. It takes a lot of effort accumulated day in and day out before he gets what you see. Building good habits, giving up bad habits is a long process, from day to day.

Start building your first 30-day progress guide now.

When I discuss goal setting, people often ask the question: “I know it’s important to work towards a specific goal, but there’s always something going on that doesn’t work out that frustrates me. your plan”.

It is true that there are many factors beyond your control that affect your goals. It could be a loved one in your family fell ill or passed away, or the job you were aiming for is no longer available, or you had an accident.

At that time, you need to keep the following in mind: always be ready to accept a detour. Or imagine if you are driving on the road and encounter a sign that says “No road”, you will not be able to continue, nor will you be able to return home. Banning the road means you won’t be able to continue on that road to get to where you want to go. Naturally, you will have to find another route to get there.

Or observe the behavior of military leaders. When drawing up a plan, they always come up with alternatives. If something unforeseen happens, making plan A impossible, they will switch to plan B very rarely. When a person who has achieved great success does not prepare himself for some alternative plans. When we accept the detour, we don’t have to change our goals. We just follow a different path, do it a different way.

You’ve probably heard a lot of people say things like, “Wow, I wish I had bought XX stock last year, would I have a ton of money now!”.

Usually people prefer to invest in stocks, bonds, real estate or other forms of assets. But the biggest and most rewarding investment is investing in yourself: “buying” things that give you strength and mental capacity.

Any business that is doing well understands that, 5 years later, how big that business will be is not dependent on what it will do in the next 5 years, but depending on what investment from this year, Profits are generated from only one source: investment.

For us, in order to reap a higher-than-normal “return” in the years to come, we must invest in ourselves.

Here are the two most reasonable investment suggestions, bringing great rewards for you in the future:

1. Invest in learning. Studying hard is the best investment you can make in yourself. Some people often measure their education by the number of years in school or the number of degrees and certificates they earn. But this quantity-biased approach won’t make you a successful person.

Ralph J. Cordiner, president of General Electric, stated the views of top business executives on education: “Two of our company’s brightest presidents, Mr. Mr. confirm, never had a chance to go to college. There are a few executives today with doctorates, but 20/41 others don’t even have a bachelor’s degree. We only care about the capacity, not the number of degrees.” A degree can get you a job, but it won’t guarantee you promotion. “Businesses are only interested in competence, not qualifications.”

For some people, the level of education is the amount of knowledge that each person has stored in their head. But that kind of crammed-all-event education won’t make you successful. We depend more and more on books, documents, and machines to store information. So if we can only do things that a machine is more than capable of doing, we will have a lot of difficulties.

Education in depth, worth our investment, is a way of learning that enhances, opens and develops your mind. The education a person receives will be judged by how developed his thinking, or in short, how good his thinking is.

Anything that enhances our ability to think is education. You can acquire knowledge in many ways. But the popular and familiar way for many people is to attend colleges and universities. If you cannot attend university, there are many other courses to choose from.

You will be surprised to find out that the students taking this course are promising people, some of whom even hold extremely important positions. In an evening class I attended recently, one out of 20 participants owned a chain of 12 retail stores, the other two worked as a grocer with a nationwide network, four skills. graduated professor, an air force colonel, and a few others of fairly important social status.

Today many people choose to take evening classes, but their most important purpose is not a degree, for them it is just a piece of paper. They go to school to improve their knowledge and wisdom – the best investment for a better future.

But don’t misunderstand. Investing in real learning is a profitable investment. You only have to spend one evening a week going to school. Or try to compare the cost of this investment with your total income, you will realize: “Just a small investment, you have a whole future”.

2. Invest in what helps you generate ideas. Learning will help you shape, expand, and train your mind to respond to new situations and solve problems. What helps you generate ideas also serves the same purpose: to provide useful materials for study and research.

For a steady supply of high-quality ideas, why not do this: try to buy one interesting book a month and subscribe to two newspapers or magazines. For a very small amount of money, in the shortest amount of time, you can access interesting and useful thoughts that are available everywhere.

During lunch one day, I overheard a guy lament: “But books cost a lot of money. I don’t even have money to buy a weekly Wall Street Journal.” But his friend clearly has your thoughts was successful, replied, “Oh, and I can’t help but buy the book.”

Again, learn from successful people. Invest in yourself.

Take Action!

Now, apply the following success-building principles to yourself:

• Clearly define your goals. Or imagine your image ten years from now.

• Make a plan for your next 10 years. You cannot entrust your life to chance. Think back to what you want to achieve in work, family or society.

• Let your desire and passion guide you. Set specific goals for more energy. Set goals to accomplish. Set goals and discover the true fun of life.

• Or let your target be your ‘autopilot’. When you can make your goals appealing to you, you will make the right decisions to achieve them.

• Take the goal sequentially one step at a time. See each task you need to do, no matter how trivial, as a step towards a big goal.

• Set goals for each stage and work hard one day at a time.

• In case of necessity, be prepared to detour. A detour is simply another route, not giving up on your goal.

• Invest in yourself. Invest in learning. Invest in things that help you generate ideas.

 

 

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