Goal planning,
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Goal planning is the first thing when we start a goal. It is like a map of our lives and we set up our life map here. You direction must be correct and this is the most important thing. Because when you set up your life map, you will spend the rest of your life following your life map. So the time you spend here is to invest you future.

Many people only have short-term goals. But they don't have long-term goals. To achieve the most success with personal goal setting ,you need to plan long-term goals first. This will give you a clear focus for your life and you will get the best result.

The long-term goal planning provides you with a vision of what you want to achieve in your lifetime. It gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making process. You will know what is important to you and what isn't and make the very most of your life.

How to set long-term goals? To answer this question, you need to know your personal values and what you want to achieve in life. One good method to figure out this is to put your self in this situation:

Suppose you are on the way to a funeral and attend the funeral of your relative. When you arrive there, your relatives and your good friends already gather together. You are surprised to find out that they are saying goodbye to you. This may happen many, many years later. They will give you eulogy. Imagine what they'd say, how they'd say it. You have achieved everything that you wanted in a long and fruitful life. What will your epitaph be?

Do you have some accomplishments or contributions in your life? Are you a good father, or good mother? Are you a memorable colleague?

The comments that you want to receive are your really desire and life goals. Start by writing down a few words or sentences that best describe your aspirations, meaning or guiding principles.

If you have problems for inspiration, a great resource is the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R Covey, which covers this in detail.

Remember, you must have a strong desire for what you want to achieve. Most people fail because they don't have strong desire. If you set up a goal that you don't really want, you may end up with a life you don't want.

You should also ensure that the goals that you have set are goals you want to achieve, not what your parents, spouse or other people want to be.

When you have set your lifetime goals, set a 25 year plan of smaller goals that you should complete. From there you can just shorten your overall goal spans, for example, you set a 5 year goal plan, 1 year goal plan, 6 month goal plan, and 1 month goal of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals. Each of these goals should be based on the previous plan.

You see, by starting out slowly, you are giving yourself the chance to realize and work on achieving the goals that you set out to.

Then create things to do list that you should do today to work towards your lifetime goals. At an early stage these goals may be to read books, gather information and learn some knowledge. These will help you achieve long-term goals.

You also need to review your plans and to ensure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life.

Once you have decided your first set of plans, keep the process going by reviewing and updating your things to do list on a daily basis.

You need to periodically review the long-term goal planning, and revise them to reflect your changing priorities and experience in your life.

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