I would love to talk to you about goal setting. So I’m going to concentrate on the challenges that we face. In particular, it is when we are in pursuit of goals that we often, many times, can get knocked off track. We can actually get bitten. Now I don’t mean to literally get bitten, but that is really a metaphor for the challenges that we face.
For example, there may be a dream or a goal that you have and somebody may have said that it’s not going to work. You may have been rejected. Maybe somebody said no to another part of your idea. Or maybe it’s something completely out of your control. Maybe there’s a time factor involved. Generally what happens with an awful lot of people is when they do receive a challenge or an obstacle or a roadblock, whatever you want to call it, they get knocked off track and lose hope and lose direction. The purpose of this article is to help you get focused. Is to help you overcome those challenges. So I’m going to give you some simple steps on how to overcome any challenges that you face.
Now step one is when you face a challenge. Whether this is your work place, whether it be a relationship, whatever it may be, whatever the goal is, as I said, you’re going to get bitten at times and the key to overcoming this is to get out of the situation that you’re in. So for example, if you’re at work and somebody said something about the job that you’re working on, whether it’s a business and you’ve just been to a meeting and somebody said your idea is not going to work, the number one thing to remember is to get to a place where you can be by yourself for 15 to 20 minutes.
Once you’ve done that then we move on to step two. Now step two basically means drawing out a table. That’s just literally taking a piece of paper and drawing out four columns. The first column is going to say “challenge.” So what is the challenge that you’re facing right now? The second column, which is kind of the emphasis of this article, is called positive solution. Now positive solution is designed to get you thinking about what is the best possible solution to the challenge that you’re facing. So if you get bitten by a challenge, bitten by a big nasty horrible snake of a challenge, you need the antidote and you need that antidote really quickly. That would be your solution.
The third column means who, and that basically means who is going to be responsible for taking the next steps. So once you’ve kind of found out the solution, who’s responsible for making it happen? The final column, number four, is when. What that means is, when are you going to take the action? When are you actually going to implement the ideas, the solutions, that you’ve come up with?