Standard Bank1st November 2016
South African National Defence Force1st January 2017
“It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal.”
B.C. Forbes – Founder, Forbes Magazine.
As we hurtle into another year, many of the resolutions and resolves made prior to the festive season have already been compromised or set aside. Once again external pressures have influenced our direction in life.
To resume control and to build a bridge towards your goals definitive steps need to be taken to guide your actions.
Firstly examine the view from where you are now to across the gorge. Are you facing a daunting chasm or will you be able to take the leap of faith? Too often we set unattainable goals making the reason for failing easier on our conscience.
Notice how a bridge is built – incrementally, each section adding to the distance spanned.
Taking the first step – test the goal by visualising yourself basking on the far bank.
Once you have firmly planted this image in your mind then set about gaining the tools to build the bridge.
List what needs to be done each week in order to reach your prioritised goals e.g. what further skills do I need to assist me in improving my productivity? What challenges must be overcome to successfully achieve my new year’s tasks?
Once a month, set aside “goal time” to evaluate your achievements, and by doing this you are taking concrete action that will go a long way to enable you to attain those goals and contribute very positively to your personal growth.
“……to make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me: a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle”.