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Types of Goals and How to Set Them

Types of Goals and How to Set Them

First, do you have goals?

Second, what are they?

Third, are you achieving them?

It is very important for us to have goals for every stage in our lives. A life without a goal is only an aimless journey, in which we have no clue about our progress.  More often than not, we don’t set goals because we don’t understand how to set them.

In this article, let’s discuss about the main types of goals we need to have in our lives and the way in which we need to set them.

Major Types of Goals

Broad classifications

Goals can be broadly classified into two types – result-oriented (or outcome) goals and performance (or execution) goals.

There may be many more types that you would have heard of, but all of them fall into either of these two broad categories. As the name indicates, outcome goals are those that focus on the result whereas performance goals are those that give importance to the process/execution or implementation of actions that help you achieve a particular result.

Common classifications

Goals can be long-term goals or short-term.  Usually, goals that are set for a time of around 1 to 5 years are considered as short-term, whereas goals set for a time longer than 5+ years are considered as long-term.

For example: planning to save enough to take your family on an international holiday is a short-term goal. Planning your finances well so that you can enjoy your retired life peacefully is a long-term goal.

Long-term goals

These are further classified into lifetime goals and capstone goals.

Lifetime goals are the ultimate goals that you plan to obtain at a certain stage in your life. Capstone goals are periodic or interim goals that help you achieve the long-term goal.

In previous example, having a peaceful and financially secure retired life is your lifetime goal. Small goals that help you in this objective (such as putting aside monthly savings regularly, choosing your investments carefully, planning for contingencies, etc.) are capstone goals.

Short-Term Goals

These are further classified into foundational and provisional goals.

Foundational goals are very short-term goals that you plan to achieve within one year. Provisional goals are those that you can set yourself on a daily basis so that it helps you to prioritize your work.

How to Set Your Goals

No matter if you are setting goals for your personal or professional lives, you should always remember to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. No, we don’t mean your goals should be intelligent. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

Specific – Be very specific about what you want to achieve and by when, as it will give you a clear idea to plan your goals accordingly.

Measurable – You should be able to measure the success of your goals at different stages so that you can be sure of travelling on the right path.

Attainable – You need to be reasonable while setting goals. Don’t be too hard on yourself and set impractical goals that you have no clue where to go.

Relevant – Set goals related to your overall personality development. There is no need to travel the road less explored or thinking out of the box if you can do without innovation in your life.

Time-Bound – All your goals (short-term and long-term) should have a completion target. Having a set deadline will motivate you to work hard to achieve your goals.

So, what type of goals are you setting?

Are you setting S.M.A.R.T. goals to help you achieve your success?

More coming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Just some thoughts,

Four Reasons People Do Not Change Their Life

Four Reasons People Do Not Change Their Life

Just about anyone I have met has told me there is at least one thing they want to change in their life and many of them have told me there is at least one thing they need to change.

I imagine your experience with people has been the same. Most people will tell you that they have at least one wish or desire to change something about their life and others will tell you there is something they need to change.

What intrigues me is the number of people who don’t make any type of move to change whatever the one thing the need or want to change. I have found that the number one reason for not attaining a certain goal is often a lack of motivation.

Some believe not attaining the goal they set is a lack of effort as opposed to a lack of motivation, but let’s give it some additional thought. Allow me to share with you some reasons why people don’t put the effort into making a lifestyle change.

#1 – People Have No Reason

In order to make any type of change in your life you need to have a good reason to do so.

Having a goal is wonderful but the reason you have to reach your goal is probably more important. If you want to change your job then you need to have a reason for doing so, reasons could include; wanting more money, to move to a new location or for more opportunities.

What is your reason for wanting to change your life?

#2 – Setting too large of a goal.

Some people set a goal so large they are unable to attain it.

Take for instances weight loss. I feel that this is a perfect example for many people.

If you need to lose 70 pounds don’t focus on this amount. Instead if you set smaller goals of 7 pounds per month you will find that you can stay on track better. If you meet this goal faster than one month that is great then just keep on going. If you are struggling or lose a little less then don’t give up, just refocus and set your next monthly goal at 5 pounds.

Most people will focus on the larger goal and forget the sub-goals they need to achieve on the journey.

So, have you broken your goals down into manageable steps?

#3 – Not Having a Vision

A wise king once said, “Without vision, the people perish.”

Having a vision of what you want is a great way to stay motivated and it is why many people recommend keeping track of your goals.

Keeping track of your goals can be done in various ways depending upon your goal. If your goal is to lose weight then keep photos and images of your progress. If it is another type of goal then keep a journal or blog of your journey.

Keeping track of your goals is a way you can see what you are struggling with and what you are accomplishing.

Are you keeping track of your goals?

#4 – No Support

Can you imagine having no support for success?

You may be a person who does not get any support to assist you in making the changes you need to make in life. If so, then you need to find a group of people to support and hold you up.

Not having a support network is another reason why many people don’t make the effort to change their lives. Getting the support from family and friends can really make a world of difference to your goals.

Who is supporting you during your change?

If you put these four factors into practice you will find that you have both the drive and commitment to finally make those lifestyle changes you have dreamed about.

Just some thoughts,

8 Ways to Enhance Your Leadership Example

8 Ways to Enhance Your Leadership Example

The late, great baseball player Joe DiMaggio is noted as saying, “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”

I imagine Joe DiMaggio knew what he was talking about. His example made him a leader on the New York Yankees during his entire 13-year baseball career.  During that 13-year career he won the MVP trophy 3 times and was on the Major League All-Star Team each of those 13 seasons.

Due to his ability and his leadership, he was named to the All-Century team. He was elected to the Major League Hall of Fame in 1955.

Whether you’re head of a large corporation, a charity or head of your family, the best way to lead is by example. Leading by example builds trust and admiration. As a result, you can easily get much more accomplished in a shorter amount of time. It’s especially helpful for team leaders to lead by example so they can rally and inspire the group to greater accomplishment.

As a leader, do you lead by your example?

No matter who you are leading, here are a few ways to lead by example:

1 – Watch your words.

While actions speak louder than words, you still need to watch what you say. Words can have a serious impact on morale and enthusiasm. One harsh word said in haste can deflate the entire organization or team. A few words from a leader can discourage a team and make it difficult for them to show support and meet goals.

Instead, make it a focus to spend more time complimenting that criticizing. Make your speech words of encouragement. Doing this will allow your team to find refreshment in your words instead of cowering to them.

There are times to critique, but if you are always on the negative, your team will always expect the worst.

2 – Honor the chain of command.

In everyone corporation, business and even in your family there is a “chain of command.” The chain of command has to do with decisions and getting the team on the right track. There are tough decisions made by the chain of command from time to time.

In your position as a leader, you may not agree with some of the decisions handed down from the upper chain of command. Remember, you must always respect it to set a good example. Otherwise, confusion and chaos may occur, and the structural elements of the team will begin to fall apart.

3 – Do the work you ask of others.

Have you ever had a person above you on the chain of command dictate your actions without knowing what you are to do? I am sure everyone has.

As a leader, it is important for you to understand the role of people in your organization. I do not believe you must understand every detail, but you do need to understand the roles. Remember the TV Show “Undercover Boss?” The leaders on that show went to work as normal employees and many of them, if not all, had eye-opening experiences. They learned the jobs of their employees and it changed their outlook.

Leaders need to be willing to serve front of the team and not dictate from the back.

4 – Be ready to pitch in when needed and even when you aren’t.

I once heard that your servants towel needs to be bigger than your ego.

Serving your team shows that you are a member. While you may be a leader, you are a leader that is willing to help bear the burden.

Serving with your team builds trust and confidence. You’ll also gain knowledge and learn some skills that you may not be privy to if you’re constantly giving orders.

5 – Develop sensitivity and take special interest in others.

Pay attention to your team. Not everyone will always be on track every day and as a leader your attention to this detail will help the entire team.

Remember that everyone has a bad day. You should be sensitive to those days when your employee or subordinate just isn’t doing the job up to par. Rather than showing criticism, show sensitivity.

Also, make others on your team feel special and compliment often, when possible. Remember to spend more time complimenting instead of criticizing.

6 – Be prudent in choosing your battles.

This is HUGE! It many not seem that way at the time, but every battle does not need to be fought, or even fought wide-open. Don’t concentrate your efforts on the little conflicts which arise among team members. Instead, put your efforts into the more important decisions which must be made.

If you put all your efforts into dealing with small fires, you will be too exhausted to deal with the bigger decisions that must be made. I have seen too many leaders be constantly burdened with the minor things that they lose the major decisions.

Do not drain your abilities on the minor but focus on the major.

7 – Listen.

Remember the point on paying attention? This involves listening.

Do not just hear the words, but listen to them.

As a leader, it’s your job to know what’s going on at all times.  Don’t be so busy giving orders and guidance that you miss listening to your team members and hear the advice they offer. Even though you may be an expert in what you do, you can’t know everything. There may be a few good team members who can teach you a thing or two and provide great feedback about your team.

8 – Don’t take your team for granted.

One of the biggest team killers is to take your team for granted. When this happens the appreciate for each individual person gets lost.

Your team makes you look good – so never take one or all of them for granted but consider each as an important asset to what you desire to accomplish. Also, assume (until you’re shown differently) that each person on the team is a good and honest person who you can trust and rely on.

Final Thoughts

When you strive to set a good example for others, you won’t go wrong in your life’s choices. As a leader in your position, whether in business, church, community or family, others want to see you lead.

As a leader, your example matters. You can make a difference, but others need to see you making a difference by the example you set.

To your success,

5 Common Mistakes Leaders Make

5 Common Mistakes Leaders Make

Everyone makes mistakes; including leaders.

Begin by understanding that leaders are prone to take risks. Those risks may cause others to see them as ‘losers,’ especially if the leaders don’t have full knowledge of what the endeavor consists of before they become involved.

There are mistakes that come from thinking so radically that it’s impossible to know how taking a chance will turn out. If it turns out well, the leader is a hero. If not, serious consequences may be the result.

Are you a leader?

Have you ever made a mistake? Have you made a mistake because of radical thinking?

As mentioned earlier, everyone makes mistakes. Some people make the same mistakes over and over. There are mistakes that may be classified as “common mistakes.” These “common mistakes” are usually made by a certain group of people.

There are some common mistakes made among most leaders that are avoidable if you know some leadership strategies.

Here are five common mistakes which can and should be avoided if you’re in a leadership role:

#1 – Focusing on tasks rather than reaching the ultimate goal. Focusing too much on “busy work” can keep you from getting the results you want and desire from a team. Great leaders always focus on the result being reached more than looking or being busy. Remember, do not confuse activity with accomplishment.

#2 – Checking up on employees rather than engaging them. Make it a point to get to know your team members and engage them in conversation which can pinpoint what makes them tick. It’s important to get your vision across, and you can’t do that if you merely check in occasionally. Remember, great leadership is about relationship.

#3 – Don’t stick to your own leadership style. You can learn from other leaders in history and in your business, but don’t mimic them when it comes to your leadership style. Develop your own and stick to it to become a leader who stands out from the others. Remember, leadership is a learning, growing process. To be able to lead people, you must be willing to grow yourself first. Be who you are as you grow.

#4 – Resist change. Many leaders tend to do what they’ve always done in terms of leading. One reason is that they’re too overwhelmed with the complex tasks and responsibilities that leaders must take on. If you want your business or team to prosper and grow, take some time to expose yourself to new ideas that will impact your leadership ability in a positive way. Remember, grow, grow, grow.

#5 – Hire people too fast to fill a slot. Hiring someone just to fill a void isn’t a good way to build a team you can count on. You’ll invest time and effort in managing the “new hire,” but may eventually need to let him go if you find you’ve made a mistake in hiring. True leaders take their time when hiring and make sure they can complete the work and grow along with the company or team. Remember, your team is a group of people progressing towards the same goal. You need relationship teamwork, not just a person filling a space.

As a leader you should know what’s expected of you in the leadership position. You can’t lead others if you don’t know what you’re striving for, so be sure you’re clear and focused on the vision rather than the small tasks of the job.

Are you making any of these common mistakes?

How are you avoiding these common mistakes?

Enjoy your day and press on!

21 Years of Living the Best Life

Growing up, life was fun.

I grew up in the time where riding your bike without a helmet was normal. Sliding down a hot, sticky, metal slide at the playground was the norm. Your parents did not call on on the cell phone because the whole neighborhood knew were you would be and as long as you made it home before the sun went down, life was good.

Life was just fun. School wasn’t but life was fun. School was a reminder that life had its ups and downs. Homework was never something to consider, but something to procrastinate. Recess was fun, but hearing the sound of the bell after your final class was the best sound you could hear in a day.

I was living the best life I knew. After school, the bike ramps appeared in the neighborhood only to be removed for the passing cars. Playing in the street was normal. My green Huffy bike was only as good driver. After Christmas one year, a shiny silver Murray bike became the new mode of transportation.

Life was good.

While cruising the neighborhood and jumping bikes ramps made life good, little did I know that there was a girl that lived over 500 miles away that would make life better.

Little did I know what in my wild, rambling childhood, there was a girl on the coast of South Carolina who would later change my life every day.

Her smile from birth would light up a room and her gentle, childlike spirit would be a beacon of hope to those who knew her. Her talents are beyond words because her talents are always used for others. Her smile and spirit would propel her to much success in a short period of time.

Life would be getting better.

 

It would take a few years, before our paths would cross (19 to be exact), but our paths would cross.

Even though they crossed, that did not mean an immediate change. The crazy rambunctious childhood I lived was still present. Her smile and spirit were growing stronger.

Within a few years of the first meeting, a spring stroll across a small college campus in Tennessee would set the pace for a lasting future. Hours were spent just talking; no radios, no cell phones, no people. Those hours of talking strengthened a friendship like I had never known before.

Life was getting better.

From the moment we talked, I knew.  I knew this cute Carolina girl would be my wife. I just knew.

Within 2 and 1/2 months of meeting her, the engagement ring was purchased. I took her, as a joke to a jewelry store, and asked her to pick a ring she liked. That day, she tried it on and we laughed. Later that day, I went back to the store and purchased the exact same ring.

It would be another 6 months before I asked her father if I could have his blessing to marry her. It is a funny story, but to my amazement he said, “Yes.” So, on a brisk December night in South Carolina, I asked her to marry me in front of her parents and her grandmother.

I was nervous but hopeful. She was the love of my life and I wanted to hold her hand forever.

She said, “Yes.”  …and life got better.

It was a hot July 5th in South Carolina. Driving to the church building, the bank clock showed 115 degrees. It was just hot.

I was never nervous, but happy. Actually, more than happy. As the doors to the back of the auditorium opened, I saw my bride. Her beautiful smile, was there.  She walked down the aisle and all I could do was smile. She was going to be my bride.

Her beauty was, and still is, unmatched. The long flowing robe was no match for her beautiful long hair. The people in the room disappeared; her beauty was overwhelming. All I could do, and still do, is smile.

I held her hands and they were chilly and her nervousness was justified; after all, she was marrying me.

The words I said, I meant; but now, I cannot remember the words. All I remember is her smile and her laugh. As she spoke her nerves never shook her voice because she smiled. The more she smiled, the more my heart was glad.

This would be the start of something great.

Life got better.

It has been a few days since that July 5th in South Carolina. Actually, it has been 7,670 days. Today is 21 years being married to the love of my world.

Each of those days is a day that I have lived the best life. Why? I am married to my best friend. I am married to the one that God placed in my life. She is a beautiful blessing.  She is patient, kind, honest, loving, truthful and compassionate.

Life is better.

 

 

Today, I love her more that I did when we first met.

Today, I love her more than when she said, “yes.”

Today, I love her more than when we were married.

Today, I love her more than I ever have before.

I look forward to holding her hand for the next 50 years. There is no one I would rather have in my life at every moment. I love sharing each moment because I know that each moment is a memory we will reflect on as we grow older and sit in our rocking chairs watching our children and grandchildren in the yard.

This has been 21 years of living the best life.

 

The Names to Remember – Happy 4th of July 2018

The Names to Remember – Happy 4th of July 2018

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

The names at the bottom of Declaration of Independence were united. They knew their signatures would bring them hardships and possibly the loss of their homes, friends and finances. Even though the consequences could be the loss of everything, they believe in the purpose of the people of the United States of America. They believe in their desire to begin their own country and leave the British empire behind. They knew it would be difficult, but they were committed.

Have you ever read the text?

Take a few moments and read the document that started it all?


In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

(https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript)


What was it like to sign the Declaration? John Adams wrote to his wife,

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory–I can see that the end is more than worth all the means and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction.  (https://wallbuilders.com/happy-independence-day/)

Will you take a moment and at least honor those men? They signed their name so you can live in a free nation.

Just some thoughts,