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How to Set Great Goals

"No man is happy without a goal, and no man can be happy without faith in his own ability to reach that goal."

"There can be no purpose worth contemplating which does not include happiness and experience. When a man is no longer able to envision happiness as part of his future, that man is dead."
-- L. Ron Hubbard


So to be happy, you need three things:

1. A goal

2. Faith that you can reach that goal

3. The goal must include happiness

Let's go through all three aspects

1. Goals

First, write down your goals. What do you want to accomplish in the next six months? Year? Five years? Ten years? Twenty years? What are your goals for yourself, your marriage and family, your business and career, your finances?

See the Goal Examples later in this article. Fill out the Goals Questionnaire.

2. Faith

Take the first goal. Do you think you can reach this goal? Is it realistic to believe you will accomplish this end result? Do you have faith in your ability to make it?

If you have little or no faith in your ability to reach the goal, what would it take to have faith that you can? If you can't find the faith, what about the goal should you change so you can have faith?

3. Happiness

What about the goal would make you happy? What positive experience would you gain or enjoy from reaching the goal? When you think of how it will be when you reach the goal, do you feel happiness?

Repeat these steps for the rest of your goals.

Of all your goals, what are the five most important?

What can you do this week to make progress toward these five goals?

Start!

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Goal Examples

Personal and Family Goal Examples: Reduce stress, feel more confident, find more joy in life. Reduce or eliminate fears. Stop letting others control me negatively. Change bad habits to good habits. Resolve a long-term dispute. Health goals: diet, weight, alcohol, drugs, smoking. Live to at least ____ years old. Develop personal skills such as a better sense of humor, more courage, etc. Create a loving, supportive, happy marriage. Improve relations with family members. Raise valuable, productive, happy children. Spend more time with your family. Teach children to succeed.

Job and Career Goal Examples: Increase your personal productivity or pay to a certain level. Learn new job skills. Education goals. Get a promotion. Change to a better occupation. Start a second career. Start a business.

Financial Goal Examples:
Get out of debt. Increase income to $_____. Save $_______. Semi-retire or retire at age ________. Pay for your children's education. Make certain investments. Buy a business. Buy a big, beautiful house. Buy a vacation home, boat, plane, new car, horses, swimming pool, etc. Travel goals.

Business Goal Examples: Improve service or product quality to a certain level. Reach a new level of production. Increase profit. Find outstanding staff. Create a tight, efficient team. Dramatically increase the size of your business. Open branch offices. Buy/merge with another business. Sell part or all of the business/practice.

Social Goal Examples: Help people. Invent, discover or develop something significant. Change the way people think about something. Education goals. Charity goals. Religious goals. Community or society goals. Environmental goals. Political goals. National or international goals.

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Goals Questionnaire

1. What are your personal goals (health, personal improvement, possessions)? 1 year? 5 years? 10+ years?

2. What are your marriage or family goals? 1 year? 5 years? 10+ years?

3. What are your job or career goals? 1 year? 5 years? 10+ years?

4. What are your financial goals? 1 year? 5 years? 10+ years?

5. What are your business goals? 1 year? 5 years? 10+ years?

6. What are your social goals? 1 year? 5 years? 10+ years?

 


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