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Chapter 2. The Preparation Hand > SUCCESS CARD 3: Write Your Goals & Plan in Pi...

SUCCESS CARD 3: Write Your Goals & Plan in Pieces

Write Your Goals

If you are like most people, you're not jumping at the chance to write your life and career goals. It's just not a popular pastime, but it must be done. Goal writing is easier than you might think. If you played the first cards in the Preparation Hand, you're prepared to write. Long-term goals—for example, where do you want to be in five, ten, twenty years and short-term goals such as what do you want in the next six to twelve months—are vital steps to this game because they clarify your sense of direction and purpose. You've probably heard that goals aren't goals unless they're written down and that they need to be specific, measurable, and action oriented. Goals also must be tied to your passion and values.

Your goals could include moving up in the company so that you fulfill your potential, taking early retirement to work as a community activist, or starting a new business that will grant you the freedom to spend more time with your family. If you create goals that are fixed to hollow principles or written without your dream in mind, you're not going to like the results and could lose out on a life filled with meaning. Take a moment now to think about the behaviors and actions that can make your passion visible. Don't forget your personal values. Any actions you take to reach your dream must also be true to your values.


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