You need to know where you are if you want to use a map to help you to arrive at a chosen destination. Only when you know where you stand now do you have the basis for determining exactly where you want to go and how to get there. In the forward planning process you start from where you are. You move forward as far as you can see, and when you arrive at that point, you look farther. You write down your SUPREME goals in order of priority and then move into action. You continually ask yourself, What is the most important goal I must achieve? and What's the best action I can take toward it right now?
We all differ when it comes to planning ahead. Some people have no difficulty setting short-, medium-, and long-term goals. They plan years ahead. Others plan to achieve SUPREME goals several months ahead. Some can only plan a few days in advance. Some people consider short-term to be sixty days, medium-term six months, and long-term two years. Others use completely different time frames. What do you consider to be short-, medium-, and long-term? How far ahead do you plan?
Setting and achieving short-term SUPREME goals maximizes your confidence and builds the habit of taking the best path to achieve your success. Each experience of success forms the foundation for more. Let's explore how this is done.
Lisa, a thirty-nine-year-old financial planning consultant, works from home. She is very competent and professional in her business dealings. A lot of her energy goes into making her business a success. Lisa's struggle is internal. She has been divorced for seven years and has not had a serious relationship since. She feels sad, disappointed, and angry about her barren personal life. Although she has never had a strong, persistent desire to have children, she wonders whether she has missed her chance. Her business is suffering.
When Lisa told me her story, I suggested she clarify her purpose and jot down her SUPREME goals. Lisa made sure every sentence was Optimally stated when she wrote down her goals. Her list of SUPREME goals for the next two months, in order of priority, was as follows:
1. After work this evening write a list of the most important characteristics I would like in my future mate. (6:00 P.M. April 10)
2. Write a list in my diary of my ten best business prospects to contact each day. (5:35 P.M. nightly starting April 10)
3. Schedule three business meetings daily. (10 A.M., 12 noon, and 3 P.M. starting April 11)
4. Employ Optimal Thinking each morning for 20 minutes to prepare myself for an Optimal day. (Every day at 7:30 A.M. starting April 11)
5. Write in journal every morning, "I let my best self take charge!" for five minutes. (Every day at 7:50 A.M. starting April 11)
6. Schedule five hours next week to investigate the best ways to meet the most appropriate single men. (April 13, 7 to 10 P.M. and April 15, 6 to 8 P.M.)
7. Invest three evenings each week in the most uplifting singles environments or with suitable male prospects. (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays)
8. Attend weekend seminar on relationships. (May 1 and 2)
9. Attend National Financial Planning conference. (May 11)
Janine, an Optimal Thinker, was committed to living a balanced life. Her main roles in life were that of wife, mother, daughter, history teacher, and masters degree student. She wrote down her roles in order of priority and then set short-term SUPREME goals to empower her to be her best in each role. Bearing in mind the priority of her roles, she then allocated prime time for the most important activities in her daily planner. Because Janine prioritized her primary areas of dedication, she was able to perform daily tasks to support her best interests.
Which SUPREME goals do you want to achieve in the short-and medium-term? Make sure they are in alignment with your ultimate purpose before writing them down. Take some time NOW to plan ahead. You deserve it!
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