They say good things come in small packages and I would have to agree that 9 Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson is a perfect example of this. I wanted to share the inspirational words in her book with you as she talks a lot about goal setting.
Here are five of the nine points that were highlighted in her book. In part two of this series I will discuss the other 4.
1. Get Specific
With regards to setting goals, ensure that they are not too general or broad. Set specific goals such as walk an extra mile each week, instead of saying that you want to increase the number of miles you walk. As indicated in this chapter, “taking the time to get specific and spell out exactly what you want to achieve removes the possibility of settling for less-of telling yourself that what you’ve done is good enough.”
2. Seize the Moment to Act on Your Goals
It is not enough to just want to get more done or be successful, it requires action and requires us to take advantage of opportunities as they come our way. Halvorson reminds us that “wanting to be productive isn’t enough to actually make you more productive. You have to find a way to deal effectively with the distractions, the interruptions and the fact that there is just way too much on your plate.”
3. Know Exactly How Far You Have Left to Go
When we are setting goals and working towards a target, feedback can be very helpful and can provide good guidance. “When you are assessing your progress, stay focused on the goal and never congratulate yourself too much on a job half-done. Save it for a job well-and completely-done.”
4. Be a Realistic Optimist
Simply put, know thy boundaries! Be aware of what your goals are and be mindful of what it takes to achieve them and if you are in a position or place in your life to do so. Halvorson encourages us to “cultivate your realistic optimism by combining a positive attitude with an honest assessment of the challenges that await you.”
5. Focus on Getting Better
It is difficult to take on the role of a perfectionist and expect to have a stress-free journey. Remember that it is progress and not perfection. “Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices and reach your fullest potential. People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good take difficulty in stride and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.”
I look forward to completing this series with you and further exploring how we can do things differently and set healthier goals.
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Last reviewed: 5 May 2013