3. Self-Motivation

3.1.3 Setting Strategic Goals

In a nutshell, this* is what you need to do:

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*Not for sensitive viewers!

> At the end of this lesson you will be able to set strategic goals.

Let’s Get It Straight

By now you should have a fair idea of where you're going with your life. You should be pretty clear about the importance of working on all areas of your life in order to be a well-balanced Dux. Once you know what you want out of life, you need to focus on goals which will strategically move you towards your personal vision. If your goals don't align with where you are headed in life, you're going to be a wasting your time, energy, and resources.

With a focus on the future, effectively planning your goals will lead to decisions and actions that shape and guide who you are, what (and why) you stand for. Strategic goal setting is a disciplined effort to set your priorities, focus your energy and resources, strengthen your actions, and ensure that you are successful in achieving your goals.

Ask Yourself

Answer these three key questions:

  1. Where am I?
  2. Where am I going?
  3. How will I get there?

1. Where am I? Consider your foundation – what are your values or guiding principles? Do a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis on yourself to establish how you are doing and what is happening internally and externally. Then decide what changes you need to make. (Click HERE to download a SWOT worksheet)

2. Where am I going? While the future is impossible to predict, reflecting on your options will help to focus your attention and formulate your future. Mull over what you do best? What makes you unique? What you can potentially do better than anyone else? This will help you to visualise what your future could be and where you are headed.

3. How will I get there? This is the meat of your strategic goal setting. It’s also the most time consuming. There is more than one way to get from where you are to where you want to be. Drawing on your self-awareness, choose the methods and actions which work best for you. This will influence how quickly or slowly you get to your vision.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”   Henry David Thoreau

Set your long and short-term goals, and plan the actions needed to get you there. Aim for constant growth and improvement. Constantly monitor your progress – celebrating victories and/or tweaking your approach along the way.

In fact, Dux are expected to be smarter than ever:

Specific + measurable + achievable + relevant + time-bound + evaluate + repeat

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