Book Review: How to Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever
Written by Writer and Author, William Ballard
How to Set Goals is a short eBook written by Craig Ballantyne, Editor of EarlytoRise.com, which is a very fast read of only 61 pages.
In this book Craig talks about the importance of setting goals and the mindset of goal usage. He defines and breaks down the term SMART Goals and explains in great detail exactly how to define your goals by making them SMART.
He also describes the top 4 life goals that are necessities to have and develop if you are going to live the best year of your life. "Together, health, wealth, social self, and personal enrichment make up the key areas in a person's life. As a result, you are more likely to be a happy, well-rounded, and satisfied person when you are doing well in all of them.", said Craig Ballantyne
I also really like how Craig explains or breaks down the concepts of short-term goals (which he calls 'Process Goals'). He states, "When it comes to actually reaching your life goals, simply knowing what they are is just the beginning of the process. The key to actually achieving them is having the proper steps in place to help guide your pathway towards them."
This is very important if you are going to accomplish what you set out to do in the year of 2014.
Craig brings out a very profound statement when he says, "The truth is, you rapidly increase your results when you share your goals with the right people. And I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to find the right people." I completely agree! The majority of the time we share are goals and dreams with the wrong people who end up actually destroying our hopes and dreams instead of supporting, believing, and encouraging us and pushing us to move forward.
It is important to always remember that if your dream is achievable by yourself then your not dreaming BIG enough. Nothing in this world that God wants us to accomplish is achievable by one person. He wants to use as many people as possible because He wants to perform in a BIG way and he wants to do that through YOU!
Another reason it is important share your goals with others is because accountability is paramount. Statics show that the majority of people will give up or stop reaching for their goals and dreams if they do not have anyone supporting them and holding them accountable. We need to create a DREAM TEAM in a since in order for us to achieve what we desire.
Next, Craig talks about visualizing your goals. In other words, he is saying to look through the eyes of faith and see yourself as the person you want to become or see yourself achieving the goal that you have set for yourself.
Faith Visualization is a very powerful way to connect with your goals on a spiritual and emotional level.
Being to see yourself achieving what you it is that you are moving towards is meant to be a way to motivate and inspire you to carry on. This is the place where you begin to develop your "Vision". A vision is a destination for your life, business, career, or what have you, that will dictate your actions. After you have pinpointed your focus on what it is you want to achieve than that is when you begin to establish your mission statement which will ultimately govern how and what you will do to achieve your vision.
Another thing that Craig talks about in this book is the importance of reviewing your progress on a routine bases. It is important to decide on a method or system as to how you are going to review your progress. A simple task list is a very easy way to achieve this goal.
"Identifying exactly what it is you want. This takes a lot of thought. Don't let anything stand in your way of getting it." -- Dave Kekich from Kekich Credo
There is so much more I can say about this book and about goal setting, but I will end this post by stating these following encouraging words:
This book is a SMALL $0.94 investment to your future. I know that a book at that price may not seem worth buying, but I can guarantee you that based on the content inside, that amount is an extremely generous amount to be offered. In fact, I am not sure that it will remain that low forever. Get your copy today by clicking on the link below:
"How to Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever"