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Are You Working on Your Goals With Unfinished Business?

Are You Working on Your Goals With Unfinished Business?
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    When you set out on your journey to achieve your goals and your dream, one of the first things that you need to ensure is that you start on a clean slate and do not have hidden ghosts in your closet. This ensures that there are no distractions of any kind that will trouble you once you have started your journey towards your dreams. To ensure that you do a comprehensive job of cleaning up, make an exhaustive list of all the things that you have not done or have been postponing and get ready for the future. This list should include activities related to work, relationships and finances. Some of the things that you could consider are given below.

    In work, what are the things that you have not completed or seen to its end? Is there a work schedule that you have forgotten and contains a lot of things that you intended to do but have not? Is the office in a mess and does it need cleaning? Do you need to create an ideal working environment before you start to act on your new dream project?

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    Are there people you have been intending to meet and have not met up with in relation to your work? Have you claimed your medical bills and your travel reimbursement? Is there any equipment that is pending purchase approval? Have you been intending to say anything to your employees or employers?

    In your personal life and in the context of relationships, think of the people who are important to you and have contributed in your life. Have you acknowledged their role in your life? Are there people whom you have hurt on the way and would like to apologize? Are there any regrets, resentments and grudges that you hold? Are there people you would like to get close to but have not had the courage to tell them how much you admire and appreciate their work? Do you have half truths and lies n your closet, which you would like to clear?

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    Are there damaged relationships that you would like to repair? Have you lost touch with some friends from the past and keep thinking about them but never get to write to them or contact them? Make a list of people you would like to contact and touch base with.

    Your finances are another important aspect that you need to sort out before moving on. These can really come in your way if you have not ensured that you start on a fresh slate. Think of the people that owe you money, the loans that you have taken and the monthly installments that you need to pay. Does the balance due on your credit card statement keep mounting? Have you taken cognizance of all the future expenses that may come unexpected? Are your tax records up to date?

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    You will need all the time and a minimum of distractions to ensure that you can concentrate on achieving the goals that you set out to in minimum time. The lesser the distractions or issues pending, the more efficiently you will be able to work towards your goals.

    Vishal P. Rao share his insights and tips on holistic living at Relishing Life.

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    Last Updated on October 15, 2019

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

    Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

    Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

    Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

    Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination:

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    1. Make a list of your goal destinations

    Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

    So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

    Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

    If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

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    2. Think about the time frame to have the goal accomplished

    This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

    Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

    3. Write down your goals clearly

    Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

    For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

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    4. Write down what you need to do for each goal

    Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

    These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

    5. Write down your timeframe with specific and realistic dates

    Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

    For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

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    Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

    6. Schedule your to-dos

    Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

    Write these action points on a schedule so that you have definite dates on which to do things.

    7. Review your progress

    At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

    Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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