went the old song. There is
plenty of evidence that having well defined objectives makes them more
achievable. If you stop and think about it, it makes sense because you
have spent time exploring what you want, you are more open to success. It
is like when you are thinking of buying a particular car, suddenly you see
them everywhere. That's because you have begun to pay attention to their
existence. And once you have a well-defined goal, you will consciously
and unconsciously be looking for ways of realising your goal.
is a good goal?
good goal has been richly imagined. It has become so real in the
imagination that you can see, hear, feel, taste and even smell it. It is
important that the goal is stated in positive terms. This is because it
sets up an unconscious direction, a focus of attention. And concentrating
on not doing something is much harder than concentrating on doing
something. Ask anyone who has tried to not smoke. So dream of what you
want to achieve and set off in the direction you want.
do I define a good goal?
following table gives a simple series of questions that you can ask
yourself to turn an ordinary goal into a good one. Ask them of yourself,
or better still get someone to ask them of you. At the end of the
experience most people find that their goal is both more real and more