Achieving goals, finding direction: 6 steps to personal success

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Personal goals can make a big difference: for a lifetime they provide orientation, give strength, and bring satisfaction and happiness. The main thing is that the sails are set consciously and correctly. 6 important steps will help!

Achieving goals, finding direction: 6 steps to personal success

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Michael Diaz Best of HR –®Michael Diaz is a psychotherapeutic naturopath with a focus on interpersonal relationships.


1. Find your own framework and personal direction

Navigation systems in the car are practical companions. In order to take action, however, you need important information: Where exactly is the journey going? Only when this location has been entered can the route guidance begin.

It is the same with personal goals. They give life a framework and a direction, provide drive and energy, ideally bring satisfaction, happiness and a right to exist. If goals are missing, exactly the opposite happens: Without them as orientation, life dissolves; the person concerned no longer knows their way around.

2. Heading for stage and long-term goals: the difference makes the difference

Even if it sometimes works differently: At least stage goals are almost always automatically there: first to create school and training, then find a suitable job and keep it, treat yourself to the next vacation, major purchases or a nice home.

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In addition, there are overriding goals that are further away and act like a motor for years or decades - for example, to give more space to hobbies, from bookbinding to photography. To spend as much time as possible by the sea. Or volunteering to support other people.

3. Concrete ideas provide more energy

The more concrete the idea of ​​such goals, the greater the energy and stamina that can be found to achieve them. This includes visualizing all accompanying phenomena and consequences. And to ask yourself whether the necessary basis already exists or has yet to be created or expanded.

Another success are realistic plans: Losing 35 kilos overweight in twelve months would involve enormous hardship and a high level of discipline. If you allow yourself three years for this project, you reduce the pressure and increase the probability of achieving the desired big one with many small steps.

4. Get helpful outside support

Not everyone is self-conscious and focused enough on their own to recognize and tackle their own goals. Outside support can help track them down and figure out whether they are personal priorities or the expectations of others that you want to meet.

The honest exchange with good friends or professional sparring partners such as a course instructor or coach also works as a corrective if the timing is wrong or if it is a vague wish instead of a specific goal. A lottery win or an unexpected inheritance may sound tempting but cannot be actively influenced, but a healthier diet, more exercise and sleep can.

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5. Overcoming crises: obstacles or setbacks are part of it

Anyone striving for goals must also expect obstacles or setbacks on their way. Many can be tackled with flexibility and ingenuity. With others, it means pausing, waiting and possibly turning around - as the drastic experience of the corona pandemic shows, for example.

Around the world it has thwarted, thwarted or destroyed countless plans. When, how and whether this can be achieved is unclear. The result is a feeling of deep insecurity. But gradually the hope for a "new" normal is growing like a silver lining. Until they move in, personal goals can be questioned and readjusted if necessary.

6. Setting the sails correctly for personal success

In private life, this can lead to the realization that instead of a trip around the world, one would rather plan a week-long crossing of the Alps and train for it. Or cooking as a change in everyday home office life is so much fun that a regular club to refine your knowledge would be an obvious choice.

Professionally, a change from a previous industry to another one that is more crisis-resistant and more independent of political lockdown decisions is conceivable. All of this according to the knowledge of the Greek philosopher Aristotle: "We cannot change the wind, but we can set the sails correctly."

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Achieve goals as a group seminar

Do you want to find out more? in the Relais Chalet Wilhelmy In Bad Wiessee am Tegernsee, Michael Diaz offers seminars lasting several days on the subject of goal setting, in which the editorial team has already participated. The next one is expected to take place in autumn 2021. Further information:

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