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Join the high-achievers' club by setting goals and targets for your career success

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

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WITH the talk and the hype about the Olympics, I thought it might be pertinent to talk about aiming high and setting high standards.

Setting goals and targets is something that people do all the time and it's the high goal setters and people that have aims that seem to achieve more

Psychological studies on the highest achieving men and women demonstrate that people with clear, specific goals immediately and by default, become psychologically goal-oriented individuals – no mystery there.

The link to goal setting and the Olympics is basically down to the fact that goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields.

Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organise your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

By setting sharp, clearly-defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you will see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long, pointless grind.

You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognise your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you've set.

Those without goals, more often than not, find themselves directionless, relying mostly on things likes luck. Goal setting is only the first step. Constant goal review is the activity that ensures goal achievement and success.

Another tool for successful individuals is time management. This is often thought of or presented as a set of time management skills, the theory is that once we master the time management skills, we will be more organised, efficient, and happier.

People who use these techniques routinely are the highest achievers in all walks of life, from business to sport to public service. If you use these skills well, then you will be able to function effectively, even under intense pressure.

Basically, concentrate on results, not on being busy.

Many people spend their days in a frenzy of activity but achieve very little because they are not concentrating on the right things.

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