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     The Importance of Setting Goals

The start oAchieving your goalsf a new year is traditionally a time to make resolutions for the coming year.  However, most of the time they don’t last too long.

The importance of proper goal-setting was highlighted in a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program.  The students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  Only 3 percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and 84 percent had no specific goals at all.

 Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings were quite astonishing.  The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all.  And the three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together!

 The 7 Keys to Successful Goal Setting

 In spite of such proof of success, most of us don’t have clear goals that we work toward.  What do you want your life to be like by the end of the year, and in 5 years time?  To achieve what you want out of your life, we recommend being SMART about setting your goals. 

  1. They need to be 
    •   Specific- be very clear about exactly what you want
    •   Measurable- try to be specific about the level of change you want
    •   Achievable- make sure your goals take effort
    •   Realistic- but they are still attainable
    •   Time based- without a time-frame you are unlikely to move forward
  2. Choose goals in a variety of categories, such as health, finance, career, relationships, etc.
  3. Make your goals for 1 year, and for 3 or 5 years.  Consider also some short-term goals for 1 month’s time to help get you started.
  4. However, don’t set too many.  It is better to have a handful of important, achievable goals than a big list that makes you feel swamped.
  5. Be flexible with them.  If you realise that a goal is too high or low, or if it is not taking you in the direction that you want, then change it.
  6. One of the most important things is to write your goals down, and to make them visual.  This helps your subconscious to pay more attention to them.  Create a ‘vision board’, showing images that represent the goals you want to achieve, and put your vision board in an area where you can look at it every day.
  7. And the most effective method of all, is to picture yourself having achieved your goal, and feel the excitement or exhilaration of having made it.  If this is done daily, you will likely be surprised at how quickly you achieve your goals.

We all have areas of our life that we want to be better, and following these principles can help you achieve a more fulfilled, happier and healthier life.

If you feel that your motivation is lacking, our psychologist, Lisa Coulson, is very skilled in helping people in this area.

If health is important for you, some possible goals could be

  •   Losing weight
  •   Better energy
  •   Getting rid of a niggling health problem
  •   Improve your digestion or your immune system
  •   Get your back in better shape
  •   Slowing down the ageing process
  •   Improve your mental or emotional wellbeing

These are areas we can help you with.  To find out how what is getting in the way of you feeling healthy, vital and energised, and how you can achieve your health goals, please book in for a free Comprehensive Health Assessment (normally $120).  Your obligation-free Assessment will help to uncover

  • What is happening with your health
  • What is causing the problems
  • What treatment would be most effective for you

Please ring the Clinic on 3376 6911, or email us at reception@cntc.com.au to book in soon.  You only have one life, and if you put things off, you are unlikely to achieve what you want.

 What you do today can improve all your tomorrows“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on

the future, act now, without delay.”

Simone de Beauvoir