Thursday, December 23, 2010

Setting a Fire to Set Your Goal

By Vic Johnson

Most people have a list of goals they have yet to achieve. The demands of everyday life, negative belief systems, and other obstacles have relegated that list of goals to a desk drawer, only to brought out at New Year's for the requisite resolutions.

Setting goals is about more than just setting the intention by writing them down, though that is a key factor in achieving them. To be effective, goal setting must also involve passion. When you have a burning desire for your goal, the achievement of it is almost guaranteed.

This may seem elementary to you. Of course you want it! You set the goal, didn't you? But think about it. Would you characterize your ambition to achieve your goals as "burning?"

Setting goals that really juice you up, that are consuming, ensures you will take all necessary action to achieve them. Take a moment to imagine the realization of your most treasured dream. This is something you really want, something you have a passion for.

Now ask yourself, would I get up at 4:00 a.m. every day for a year if at the end of the year my dream would be realized? Would I overcome my fear of flying if when I landed, my dream was waiting for me? Would I run five miles a day if it meant I could live my dream?

Chances are, you would do almost anything within the confines of the law and your own value system to achieve this dream of all dreams. That feeling, that all-consuming passion for your goal, is what you need to have for all of your goals.

It is true that setting goals may be as much about your needs - such as improving your health or getting out of debt - as they are about experiences you would like to have or fantasies you would like to live out. Setting goals that seem to have less magic around them can be more difficult to attain than those that may seem impossible, but are exciting.

If you have set goals you know you want to accomplish, but are having trouble acting on, it's time to create that burning desire. Desire is not an automatic experience. You can create it for yourself. In fact, it is a necessary component of the goal setting process.

One of the surest ways to create a burning desire for your goal is to take it off of the paper and experience it. For example, if you have a goal of traveling through the South of France, you might talk with a travel agent, purchase travel guides, take a French class, or pore over travel brochures. Or, if you are hoping for a dream wedding, you might try on bridal gowns, visit possible venues, or interview wedding planners.