Friday, 29 January 2010

Making a Plan

OK, so your wish is ready, it’s presentable and is something you’re committed too, now’s the time to start making the plan to achieve it.

Brainstorm your plan in a similar way to how you brainstormed your wish. Write “What steps do I need to take to ______?” at the top of the paper and then keep asking yourself the question and writing the answers down until you have exhausted all ideas. Now take the steps and if necessary break them down into smaller steps. This will help make your goals seem more appealing and be much easier for you to achieve them.

Remember the deadlines otherwise your plan and wish are meaningless. Remember though that the deadlines need to be reasonable. One your deadlines are set then you need to set milestones so that you know how well you are doing meeting the target of making your wish come true.

OK, now move all of the information to your daily calendar so that you can schedule the work in. If you know your deadlines and goals, it’s easier to make a firm commitment to them and set the plan in motion.

Now that we’re making progress, identify your limiting factors and identify the way to work through them.

The next step is to schedule the progress report. You don’t have targets and deadlines at work without having to report on their progress so why allow it to affect your wishes. Some of the questions to ask yourself include:

1. Have I met the milestones I planned to meet since my last progress report?

2. Do I need to change my plan to reach my milestones?

3. Do I need to change my milestones?

Monday, 25 January 2010

Making Your Wish

Just like the genie in the lamp, every person has the ability to make their wish come true. All they need to do is decide on what you really want and then wish for it, just as you would if the genie in the lamp was giving you the wish. Do you find yourself drifting from week to week wondering why other people seem to have it so together and you don’t. If so, then the only thing you need to think about how you are making, or perhaps not making, your wishes.

Now you’ve decided that you want to make your wishes come true, you need to decide what it is you really want. A great way to achieve this is by brainstorming. Not the sitting round the table with a bunch of colleagues trying to come up with ideas but rather try a different approach. Write your question down on the top of a blank piece of paper, and let your subconscious mind take over.

What ever comes into your head, write down on the paper no matter how strange, odd, or weird you may think it is.

Once you’re ready to start set a time limit and keep writing for that period of time, whether it only is a minute or whether it be 10 minutes. Don’t stop writing down your thoughts until the time is up.

Don’t critique any of your ideas right now, just write them down. Your subconscious brain accepts criticism as badly as most people do.

Here is a great question to start your first brainstorming session:

What would I really want from life if I were absolutely, positively certain I would get it?

OK, now you’re ready. Go brainstorm, don’t worry about how you’ll accomplish everything on your list just write them all down. You can worry about the “how” later.

OK, so now write for at least 2 minutes. You can break the question down into areas for work, home life, hobbies etc. If you struggle to keep writing for 2 minutes, just change the answers down, changing a word here or there, or reordering the answer, but whatever happens don’t stop writing until the 2 minutes are up. If you’re still full of ideas after 2 minutes feel free to keep writing.

Once you’ve brainstormed you now need to prioritize what you have written down. A great way to do this is to number each item on the list. Now taking just the first two decide which is more important to you. Now compare the First Choice and compare it to number 3. If your First Choice changes so be it. Continue down the list one idea at a time until you get to the end and have your First Choice.

Now you need to find your purpose. If you don’t think you have one, you’re wrong! Even if there is nothing else, then your purpose is to find your purpose.

Now you’ve decided on your First Choice, identified your purpose, the only think left is to pay the price. Whether it is a figurative or real price you need to pay it to set your cause and effect in motion.

Now to make your wish presentable. Write it down, but be specific. Set yourself a time limit to meet the goal, and remember to make sure that it’s reachable. Only wish for what you can control, don’t wish for something that you have no control over or it won’t come true. Make sure that what you’re wishing for is what you really want, not something you don’t want. Make the wish emotional, start with something like “I choose”. Add the emotion to it, be brief and believe in it. The lastly take action to make it happen.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Goal Setting for 2010

I hope you all had a great festive season and are well rested and ready for the year ahead.

I have a question for you. Are you ready to make 2010 the year of your dreams. There is a lot of talk of Ayoba in South Africa, what with the 2010 Soccer World Cup later this year and how 2010 is the year for Africa.

Well if you think it’s your year as well then setting goals to achieve your aims is going to be very important. So my first few blogs of the year are going to be aimed at goal setting and some hints and tips to help you reach those goals.

The first step, is to make your wish. Decide what you want. Remembering that there is always a cause and effect in everything we do so rather than setting an unreasonable goal, rather think of it as the effect that you want to cause. Once you’ve decided on it, write it down, get a picture of it, and then place it somewhere prominent so that you can look at it often during the day.

Step two is to make a plan. Create the plan of action you need to follow to make your wish come true.

Step three, take action. Start working on the things that will make your wish come true.

And lastly, step four, never give up. No matter how hard it may become finish what you start. Never give up on your dream and while it may not happen as quickly as you wish, you will reach it.

Remember that to make your life what you want, you have to set in motion the cause and the effect will look after itself.