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November 2013

Notes and Summary of

Go For Your Goals


By Michael Podolinsky

This book is about ho

to set your !oals for your life"

Proactive goals setting o Surely you#ve heard about the importance of ritin! your !oals and settin! ob$ectives% yet the ma$ority doesn#t do it&& o 'hy people didn#t set do n and rite out their !oals( o Studies sho that ) to10* of the !raduate student that had ritten !oals% ill have +,* of the entire ealth !rouped to!ether" o -oals are like ma!nets that dra in a particular direction" o Thin!s successful people do are easy to do" The problem is that they are also easy not to do" .nd e tend not to do them" o There is no such an unrealistic !oals% $ust unrealistic time frames" o But don#t e/pect everythin! to !o as you#ve planned" o 0ou#ll plan and entropy ill take over" But you can put more force and ener!y to make it happen" o 'e fail in t o cases1 hen e 2uit and hen e don#t !et started at all" A goals definition: Anything you ardently desire, committed to by you, in writing, with specific terms and definite end results. 1" 0ou ant it ith every cell in your body& 0ou !ot to have it no matter hat the price is& 2" 3 ill do this or die tryin!" No one can ever hold me back& 3" 3f it#s not in ritin!% it#s a onderful dream& 4" 'hen% hat% ho much5 Specification makes the picture of your !oals crystalli6e clearly in your mind" )" 7ake your !oal measurable so you could measure its accomplishment% and you ill be able to track it and not !o a ay from it" Support system o 8very !oal settin! process should include a reward and punishment system% so that you ensure that everythin! han!s to!ether" o 7otivation is very important so that you ill not lose interest" o 7ake deadlines% so you can be sure to stay consistently active to ards your !oals" o 3nclude in your support system five important elements1 9ate% 9amily% 9riend% 9itness% and 9inancial" Setting your goals o 9irst of all% you#ve !ot to kno hat this life is all about and hat are you doin! in it( 'hy are you livin!( 'hat do you ant to be remembered for( This ork is a personal effort% and it may contain errors and typos" 'e your help by sendin! us remarks and advices to 1 raiter:my ay"com ill valori6e

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o 9ind out hat are the ultimate thin!s you ant to accomplish in your hole life" This ill be your long term goal" o 'rite it do n in a para!raph or t o% and then !et it do n to a sentence1 the quest statement" o . !oal% in hich nobody lau!hs at% is too small and maybe you#re sellin! yourself short" Plan your life o Start first ith your life lon! !oal" o Then put do n your 10 years !oal; o <ivide it and you have your ) years !oal; o .nd so on to fi/ your annual !oal% monthly !oal% your eekly !oal% and your daily !oal" o Be sure of one thin!1 if you don#t achieve your daily !oal% you#re not !oin! to achieve your eekly% nor your monthly 5 and so all your !oals system ill shut& o 0ou have to make it strict for yourself" Stick ith your !oals no matter hat" o 8/ample1 3f you have to produce 10 units a day as a !oal% and it happened that you#ve done only = or 11% the ne/t day you have to produce 10 and not 12 or +% because you have to stick ith your !oals" o Here comes the importance of the re ard and punishments systems" >romise yourself to buy or do somethin! you like after accomplishin! a !oal" ?isk somethin! you really like @an amount of money% a trip 5A if you let do n a !oal" o B'hatever is re arded ill be repeated" 'hat is i!nored ill disappearC" o <on#t allo yourself the lu/ury of for!ettin! your !oals" o . nice ay to remember your !oals is to put them in piece of paper in your allet" 0ou don#t have to read them anytime you open your allet% but by $ust openin! it you#ll remember that there are some !oals there that must be accomplished" o Some fle/ibility shall be allo ed in doin! thin!s you haven#t planned to do" But never to the detriment of your fi/ed !oals&& o 3t#s very easy to !et distracted by outside influences" ?emember this !olden rule1 BI will take no task, paid or unpaid, which doesnt lead me toward the successful completion of my goals. C o 8ven if it#s social ork% or family matters or hatever% don#t do it if it ill takes you a ay from the achievement of your !oals" o <on#t be afraid from people& 'hy you have to do thin!s $ust because people ask you to( <on#t !et involve in thin!s that don#t make sense for you& Dust stick ith your !oals no matter hat" o 3nvest your time and ener!y in support systems @volunteerin!% hobbies 5A that ill help you attain your !oals directly or indirectly" andling the commuting time wisely o Statistics sho that people spend an avera!e 8 hours a eek in commutin! time @travelin!% traffic5A" ill valori6e

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o <on#t aste it& 8specially if you think about your home#s problems hile you are !oin! to ork for e/ample" o 7ake the ma/imum use of the commutin! time" Here are some ays to make it useful1 >lan hat are you !oin! to do ne/t @plan your day at ork% think about hat are you !oin! to do home 5A Eisten to learnin! tapes and audio books >ractice presentations% hat are you !oin! to say at a meetin!% 5 8ntertain yourself 1 listen to your favorite music 5 7ake calls% confirm appointments% handle small details% 5 Fuiet thinkin! time% meditate about your life% your !oals themselves if you aren#t sure about hat do you ant in this life5 Glean your car hile stoppin!% instead of astin! Saturdays& o <on#t rush& 'hile rushin! you do t o mistakes1 0ou spend more fuel and you lose about H years of your life by increasin! your heart beat" 3n return% the e/tra time you#ve saved isn#t orth it" Multitasking o 'hat else could 3 be doin! in addition to hat 3#m currently doin!( !ournaling o Ieep up a $ournal of your life% in hich you rite important thou!hts% ideas% events% 5 "ive with your goals o 3nclude in your !oals system both professional and personal !oals so you could stay in balance" o Transfer your ork skills to home1 make your home $ust as productive and as en$oyable @plannin!% appointments 5A" o >lan appointments ith yourself and stick ith them @social ork% fitness 5A" o B>lan your ork and ork your plan"C o BPlan your life and go with the flow.C o Take t o vacations% one of them 10 days% a year instead of a hole lon! one" Dust in case thin!s didn#t !o as you e/pected @sick% eather5A you have only H months to ait for" ow to work o 3f you feel that you have too many thin!s to do and it#s impossible to do it% try !roupin! these tasks in cate!ories so thin!s ill be!in to look mana!eable" o -roup trips and movin! so you lose less commutin! time" o <o every task in ! minutes "lock" 3f you spend more time on the same task% you#ll start to onder and lose concentration" 3f you spend less% you on#t be able to !et the ma/imum ener!y from your mind because the mind needs an avera!e 30min to !et up for a task" o Eeave 2uestions to the end of the day or shift so they do not disturb you" o Try not to do all the tasks immediately& .l ays look at your time plan first" o #elegate tasks as much as you can"

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o 7ana!e your priorities1 B$rgent things are seldom important, and important things are seldom urgent.C o 'e tend to do the ur!ent and let a ay the important% hile important thin!s are very determinin! in your lon! life !oals" So spend =0* of your time on the important" o 'ork first on important thin!s and let the ur!ent thin!s take care of themselves& o %lways keep your hands full& So you#ll remember hat you should be doin! @like aiters% they#re al ays doin! somethin! and not $ust sittin! over thereA" !ust sit down and write them out#

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