Every human development expert agrees that setting goals is a major factor in determining whether or not a person will realize his or her full potential. Goal setting is extremely valuable for businesses, careers, personal lives, relationships, and overall growth. There are a few techniques and pointers that may be beneficial.
The first step in setting goals is not about goals at all. It’s about determining why you feel you were placed here on Earth, through what is sometimes called the Life Mission Statement. This is a simple phrase that describes your core purpose. It doesn’t have to be eloquent or creative, though it will be highly meaningful.
A popular and helpful next step in goal setting is the imaginary hot air balloon ride.
Imagine yourself in a hot air balloon. As you look down, you see your life as you’d like it to be at some point in the future. Are you exercising more? Playing golf or tennis? Learning something new? Are there personality traits in your future self that have not yet been built into your character? Where are you professionally? Have you learned new skills? Taken on more responsibility?
Now, write down as much as you can from the imaginary hot air balloon ride.
Commit yourself to making this vision a reality. The next season of life will be much more profitable than it would have been otherwise.
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.