In this book, you have learned the importance of goal setting in order to achieve goals. You have learned the differences between short-term and long-term goals, and how they interrelate to each other. You have also learned why writing down goals is so important in order to achieve them. Most successful people write down the goals they want to achieve because writing it down commits to it, plus it’s always right there for them to look at, reminding one’s mind to redouble a person’s effects to achieve the goal he/she wants to achieve.
You also learned why you need to define and prioritize your goals. You have to define goals in order to know what tasks to do to achieve them, much like you have to decide upon a destination when you are driving an automobile. You also have to prioritize your goals in order to achieve as many goals as possible. Your lifespan is not unlimited, and if you come down with a critical injury and/or disease/condition, you may not be able to achieve the goals you want to achieve after that point. Therefore, it is vital that you prioritize the goals you want to achieve to ensure you get as many completed as possible.
You’ve also learned why setting specific goal deadlines is key. Most long-term goals can be broken down into various stages of tasks, each of which can be labeled as a short-term goal. By determining how long you wish to take to complete a long-term goal, you can use that time period to break down the short-term goals and know how much time you have to complete each short- term goal in order to achieve the long-term goal in the amount of time you wish to complete it in. Failure to finish the short-term goals in the time spans you have indicated will lead to failing to complete the long-term goal in the time span you have indicated.
Finally, you learned about how to overcome and eliminate distractions that stand in the way of your goals. Everyone has to deal with various distractions when working to achieve goals. If you’re looking to lose 100 pounds in 12 months, allowing yourself to eat rich, nutrition-deficient foods will only hamper your progress toward achieving that long-term of losing 100 pounds in 12 months. If you’re looking to earn a college degree in 2 years, losing focus and getting distracted by noises and commotion will lead to you doing poorly on your homework and exams, leading to you failing the coursework you have to complete to earn your college degree in 2 years.
You’ve also learned why tracking your progress each day in terms of the goals you want to complete is so important. By estimating how much you believe you should get done each day, then comparing how much you actually get done, you can see how productive you have been and what is causing you to be less productive. This will lead to you learning what is distracting you and making you less productive in achieving your goals so that you can learn to eliminate and overcome the distractions so that they do not hamper you in striving for and achieving your future goals.