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The Power Of Clarifying Your Goals

Often when I speak to people about success and personal development, I sense that some individuals doubt what I speak about. Many people are very skeptical of the message that emphasizes the importance setting specific goals and going after them. Most people figure that if you continue to hustle doing whatever you’ve been doing, you’ll someday stumble upon success.

Often when I speak to people about success and personal development, I sense that some individuals doubt what I speak about. Many people are very skeptical of the message that emphasizes the importance setting specific goals and going after them. Most people figure that if you continue to hustle doing whatever you’ve been doing, you’ll someday stumble upon success.

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This
week I was going through my old documents and I pulled my goals which I
set in April of 2004. I had broken my goals into long, mid and short
term goals. My long term deadline (3 years) was May of 2007, last
month. What a delight it was for me to be able to look at those long
term goals and realize I had achieved almost all of those goals I set 3
years ago. These goals were broken into Personal, Business and
Education/Career.

These
goals were bold, audacious and at the time seemingly out of reach but
through the process of clarifying them, I began the journey towards
achieving them. Because I clarified these goals for myself, I can look
at my progress today and boldly exclaim “I Am Successful”. By
clarifying your goals you set your own standards of success and then
you go after it.


One
of my business goals was that by May 2007
my business – Young &
Able cc
, which was only a year old then- would be recognized as a major
player in Business and Personal Dev
elopment field. I am to proud to say
that this has happened and the bold turnover figure I put down we have
surpassed!

Enough
about me; what about you? Are you content just waiting for your ship to
come in or will you swim out to it. Clarifying your goals is about
staking your claim to what you believe is possible for you. It is about
saying about saying, I know I have this great potential and focussing
on activating within a certain time-frame.

Don’t
be like the person who said “I always wanted to be somebody – I wish I
had been more specific”. If you don’t clarify for yourself where you
want to be 3 years from now, don’t be surprised that you are still in
the same place after that time.

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Here is my advice from a personal experience that can change your life:

  1. Take a piece of paper or a notebook and go to a quiet place, in your garden, park or behind a closed door.
  2. Think about
    what you want for yourself, what will make you happy, what will make
    you a fulfilled person and what difference you want to make in the
    world around you.
  3. Then start
    writing your long term (3-years, for older people this is longer)
    goals, then your mid term goals (1-year) and short term goals (6 months)
  4. Divide these goals into 3 areas Personal, Professional/Business and Education/Career. You can do more areas if you want.
  5. Ask yourself
    what your first steps are going to be and commit to doing it. This
    might mean enrolling for that course, doing some research, getting a
    mentor and more.
  6. Allow these to sink in and refer to them often, once they are in your system you’re on the right track.

Earl Nightingale said “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going…it’s simple as that.”

What do I say? ‘Nough said!

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Buhle Dlamini
is an Entrepreneur, Speaker and Writer as well as the Founder of Young
& Able Youth Advisory Services cc, helping individuals and
organizations turn their potential into performance, succeed in every
area of their lives and achieve their dreams. Young & Able is also an implementing partner to Heartlines a values-based Mass Media Initiative. Get Buhle’s FREE monthly Success Newsletter by visiting his website at www.youngable.com you can also join www.motivated.co.za to get and stay motivated

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About the author

Buhle Dlamini is an entrepreneur, a sought-after business speaker, author and founding CEO of Young and Able Consulting, a personal and business development consultancy. He is the Platinum Winner of 2011 SA's Future100 Entrepreneurs Award for being one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in SA.

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