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Angad Singh

Most people aim at nothing in life

and hit it with amazing accuracy !!
A man was travelling and stopped at an
intersection. He asked the elderly man,
Where does this road take me? The
elderly person asked, Where do you
want to go? The man replied, I dont
know. The elderly person said, Then
takes any road. What difference does it
make? How true. When we dont know
where is going, any road will take us

Learning Objective
To understand the importance of
Goals in life and to know how to set
To know the reasons why people are
unable to achieve the Goals.
Use SWOT techniques to effectively
introspect and set goals.


Defining Goal setting.

Why dont most people set Goals
Importance of Goals setting.
Why Goals fail.
Guidelines for setting Goals
Types of Goals
Time to set your Goal

Why dont more people

set goals?
A pessimistic attitude Always seeing the pitfalls rather than the
Fear of failure What if I dont make it? People feel
subconsciously that if they dont set goals and if they dont make it,
then they havent failed. But they are failures to begin with.
A lack of ambition This is a result of our value system and lack
of desire to live a fulfilled life. Our limited thinking prevents us from
progress. There was a fisherman who, every time he caught a big
fish, would throw it back into the river, keeping only the smaller
ones. A man watching this unusual behavior asked the fisherman
why he was doing this. The fisherman replied, Because I have a
small frying pan. Most people never make it in life because they
are carrying a small frying pan. That is limited thinking.

Why dont more people

set goals?
A fear of rejection If I dont make it, what will
other people says?
Procrastination Someday, I will set my goals.
This tie in with a lack of ambition.
Low self-esteem Because a person is not
internally driven and has no inspiration.
Ignorance of the important of goals Nobody
taught them and they never learned the importance
of goal-setting.
A lack of knowledge about goal-setting People
dont know the mechanics of setting goals. They need
a step-by-step guide so that they can follow a system.

Why set Goals ?

1. You take control of your life

2. You focus on the important things
3. You will make good decisions
4. You can finish the task efficiently
5. You will be self-confident and
6. You will make progress
7. You are closer to success

Meaningless Goals
A farmer had a dog who used to sit by
to come around. As soon as one came
barking and trying to overtake it.

the roadside waiting for vehicles

he would run down the road,

One day a neighbor asked the farmer "Do you think your dog is ever
going to catch a car?"
The farmer replied, "That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is
what he would do if he ever caught one."

:: Moral of the Story ::

Many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing meaningless
First set Meaningful and Realistic goal and then work to achieve GOAL.

Why Goals Fail

The goal was not written down.
Rewards for achieving the goals were not given.
The goal was unrealistic or not specific enough.
The goal is not really believable or little commitment exists.
Keep changing or switching goals with the weather
The person who set the goal has not told anyone else for
added accountability, help and support.
The goal was not incorporated into a realistic plan that
includes measurements, timelines and resources.


Do you have a Goal ??
I knew I was a winner back in the late
sixties. I knew I was destined for great
things. People will say that kind of
thinking is totally immodest. I agree.
Modesty is not a word that applies to
me in any way I hope it never will.

He wanted to be the greatest bodybuilder in the world
which meant winning the title of Mr Olympia he
became the youngest ever Mr Olympia at the age of 23
(hes won the title seven times).
He wanted financial success. He was a millionaire by
the age of 30 thanks to successful business
investments and ventures (this was before Hollywood!).
He wanted to become a successful Hollywood actor
(44+ movies).
He wanted success in politics hes the current
governor of California and the husband of 26 years to
Maria Shriver (related to the Kennedy family).

What Happens when Arnold

Schwarzenegger Puts His Mind
on Something?

Im going to be the number-one box-office star in all of


Create a vision of who you

want to be
Take out a clean sheet of paper, write
down a description of yourself 10 years
in the future. Who are you? What does
your life look like? What are you doing?
Where? Who is around you? Allow
yourself to imagine a future in which
failure is impossible, and there are no

Live into that picture

Lets say that youve articulated a 5 or 10-year vision.
Given this scenario, work backwards.
What will have had to have happened for this to be true
in 10 years?
What will you have had to learn?
What skills will you have had to develop?
What auditions will you have had to take?
Who will you have had to meet and develop
relationships with?
Are any of these stepping stones any more improbable
than what Schwarzenegger has achieved?

As if it were already
If a young boy from a small village in
Austria can become a 7-time Mr.
Olympia, a huge box office star, and
governor of the most populous state
in the country, might your dreams be
more realistic than you think?

Goal Setting Guidelines

1.Your goal must be conceivable. You must be able to imagine,
conceptualize and understand the goal or desired result. Top athletes
practice visualizing step-by-step actual success in their sports
competition. By visualizing your success in great detail, you are
conditioning your mind and preparing yourself to achieve your
desired success.
2.Make your goal believable. Your goal should be consistent with
your personal values system, and you must believe you can reach
the goal. It is critically important that you believe in yourself. You
must see yourself with the goal in hand.
3.Your goal must be achievable. You must have the mental and
physical capacity to reach the goal. It would, however, be important
for your goal to cause you to stretch beyond normal self-imposed
limits. You will find a goal that causes you to stretch and grow will be
the goal that gives you the most satisfaction. Don't be afraid to
challenge yourself to go beyond old limits!

Goal Setting Guidelines

4.Make your goal measurable. Deciding to do better than last year or
to be happy gives you no standard by which you can measure progress.
Be sure to relate your goal to quantity, percentage increases, dollar
volume, time or distance. This will allow you to measure your progress.
5.Your goal should be controllable. This means you must be able to
achieve the goal yourself, or gain the willing cooperation of others to
reach the goal. This emphasizes the importance of building team spirit. If
you can have no control over the outcome of an event, it's not realistic to
set a goal in this area. It would be like gambling in Las Vegas. Without a
proven system that beats the odds, lack of control will lead to frustration and cost you a lot of money!
6.Be sure you have singleness of purpose. Make sure your goal is not
in conflict with other areas of your life. For instance, if you decide to travel
extensively in your business or work 80 to 90 hours per week, this will
interfere with your personal or family relationships. The travel and long
hours could lead to poor health or family discord. Some goals become
mutually exclusive and create conflict with other goals.

Imagine your self from 10 years from
Write down all you can see.

Types of Goals


S Specific. For example, I want to lose weight. This is
wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to
I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.
M Must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we
cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our
progress. For example, 10 pounds/90 days are measurement.
A Must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be
out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out
of sight, otherwise it becomes heartening.
R Realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in 30
days is being unrealistic.
T Time-bound. There should be a starting date and a
finishing date.