Plant “Goal Seeds” and Feast on Life
By Harriet Meyerson
When you have a garden you plant the seeds, nurture them with water and
fertilizer, keep the weeds out and trust the plants will grow and blossom
when the time is right for them. It works the same way with goal setting
at work or with your family. Follow these steps for your personal or
professional goals and you will soon be living a life that resembles a
CHOOSE YOUR SEEDS
Writing down your goals is like planting the seeds. Write a detailed
description of each goal – the more detailed the better. Most goals fail to
materialize because they are too vague. So, instead of writing “I want a new
car,” describe your new red convertible with the black leather seats.
Make sure your goals are realistic, and that they are not in conflict with
each other. You should be able to believe that they are attainable.
Next to each goal write the feeling you hope to get from reaching your
goal. For example you might want:
Success or accomplishment
VISUALIZE YOUR GARDEN
When you feel in your heart that you deserve your goal, and you are willing
to do whatever it takes to achieve it, you have won the biggest battle – the
battle with your mind.
Close your eyes and visualize yourself as if you already have attained the
goal and are experiencing the feelings that go along with it. Feel the joy and
satisfaction of owning your new home, the prestige of having attained your
college degree, the excitement of your new red convertible. Then start acting
as if you already have your goal. If your goal is a new home, start shopping
for furniture. If your goal is a college education, call the college for an
NURTURE YOUR SEEDLINGS
Now that you are clear about your goals it is necessary to nurture them.
You must water and fertilize your seeds.
- Decide what tasks need to be done, and what tools and training you will
- Each evening simply ask yourself, “What can I do today to get closer to
- Then make a list of six things to do, and schedule time to do them. If
you don’t accomplish them all in one day don’t beat up on yourself. Simply
carry the unfinished tasks over to the next day.
- At the end of each day write down what you accomplished in a notebook or
calendar so you can keep track of your progress.
- Ask for encouragement, but only from people who have a personal interest
in your progress and who will be thrilled about your success.
REAP YOUR BOUNTIFUL HARVEST
As your garden grows celebrate each step along the way. Celebrate the first
bud, the first flowers, the tiny little green strawberries, and finally, the
delicious, sweet, ripe, red strawberries. Plant a garden of goals today, so
that tomorrow your life will become a delicious feast.
About the author: Harriet Meyerson, president of The
Confidence Center, works with companies that want confident, loyal, and
happy employees, and with individuals who want the confidence they need
for success. Harriet is a member of the National Speakers Association and
the author of Fire Up Your Staff on a Shoestring Budget.
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