Chapter 12

Planning And Goal Setting

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

Research has shown that for you to have vague targets and goals for you life is not enough. You need to have them in writing. A clear plan to implement your goals is imperative.

Thus setting out oneís professional and personal plans for at least a few years, say one to three years into the future is a good idea. This could cover type of work life, location, marriage plans, children, homes, living with parents or separate, acquiring new education or skills etc.

Writing these and periodically reviewing them would help ensure that these are carried out. Consulting people who could contribute to, or be affected by these would increase the chances of their attainment.

The process of setting goals or targets allows you to choose where you wants to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know what you need to concentrate on and do it.

By setting targets, you will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your ability and competence in achieving the target that you have set.

By setting sharp, clearly defined targets, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those targets.First you decide what you want to do with your life and what your long term goals are.

Then, you break these down into smaller, short term goals and use your plan to achieve them. It is important to set goals in all areas of life which are important.

The key point is that if what you want to accomplish is vague and general, the chances of its attainment are low. Hence a clear written plan with steps on how you plan to achieve it, greatly increases the chances of success.

Thus daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly written plans and activity steps are a must There are numerous ways in which you can set up a system to follow through and ensure you have the actions planned out that you need to take to achieve your goals

The portal which is a complement to this book has a complete support system, to implement the ideas of this book and help you achieve your goals in life.

Desire must be followed

by belief and clearly spelt

out action, to attain your