Recently I finished reading a book that is a kind of analysis of Napoleon Hill’s main principles for succession. The author explained his point of view for Hill’s theory and pointed on several major points to consider if you want to build your successful future. After some research on the internet I have found that there are more than 300 000 proposals for how to build leadership skills, more than 175 000 proposals to help you build on your emotional intelligence, but still there are less than 2500 proposals on how to define your long term goals and set them up for success.
It is a sad picture because what I found is that actually many people offer you to build particular set of skills, but there are fewer people who offer you help to define the reasonable path and the end goal you want to reach.
Maybe professionals practicing coaching will argue about that, but still, when you think, even personal coaches don’t start with you from the beginning. They enter your life at a specific moment to help you along the way, but still they are not from the beginning to the end of the path with you.
We always tend to start planning our future, just to get to the point where we pay someone else to finish our job and define our path to success after that.
When I defined my chief aim in life and profession for the first time I was scared that maybe it will be something that will last only in my dreams. Now, more than 16 years after the start I still have defined chief aim, which is helping me to plan next part of my life.
And what happened after all these years is that every small goal I have set up during the years is achieved, everything that I wanted to have, buy, win is done. Maybe it sounds crazy or unrealistic to you, but if you wan to succeed in a particular area you will need to define a chief aim for your life, professional and personal, to be sure that you will have a guiding light, helping you with your planning, actions, and steps.
The chief aim is not something you write somewhere and look from time to time on it, it is a complex plan for growing as person and professional, by allowing others to grow with and around you.
No matter if you see yourself as the next leader guru or just an ordinary person, you need to define a chief aim, to help yourself build satisfaction and through true belonging in life. Here are some tips to help you define and follow your chief aim in life:
Make it global
What I realized when I started with the process is that as specific and measurable you make your aim as much you close it to a short or mid-term goal. Think of the chief aim as a mission in life. How you want to contribute to the circle of life as a person and professional. What will be your place in your employer structure, how will you contribute positively to others’ lives?
Make it flexible
There is nothing so sustainable in time that has never been changed. Even the oldest laws in life have changed in time. During the last 2000 years, The Bible texts have been changed more than 10 times, countries change their politics, according to the international political situation, companies change their missions and vision for the world, to adapt to new generations. But still there is something that is vital and valid for all these changes. They have been made to adapt to a changing environment’s expectations and demands, but still the core idea has not been changed. Your chief aim must follow this model. A strong core, that is adaptable to a changing environment. That will guarantee you that this chief aim will sustain in time and will not lose its power.
Make it meaningful to you and others
A chief aim is something you live for. Do you want to feel like you have meaning in life? Then start with this element. Before formulating it, think of possible ways this aim ill impact and change your and others’ lives. In the work environment this is often called Mission. Answer yourself the question: What will be your mission in life? The answer will help you to structure your chief aim so that it can answer your attitude and values. But still, hen formulating the chief aim think on both – you and others and the impact you and they will see after the chief aim fulfillment plan is in practice. Thinking about all elements that can be impacted by achieving your chief aim is a global leadership thinking and a sign for lucid ownership.
Connect your chief aim with a plan
A chief aim is your long term leadership vision for your and others’ wellbeing. But if you want to see it in reality, you will need to make the impact you envisioned step by step. This requires you to think about an implementation plan. Do not assume that a chief aim is a one-time activity. Instead divide it to small milestones. Then plan each milestone as a small project. People re result-oriented creatures. We want to see an end result and celebrate it so that we can feel like winners. Often made mistake Is that we try to delay pleasure in life, just to make it bigger at the end of a process or activity. That is the most obvious reason why we fail with our plans. As a leader who wants to make a positive impact on the world, you will need to plan to overcome this mental obstacle. The achievement plan you will need to create has to be with short and mid-term goals to be achieved.
Build satisfaction through milestones achievements
As I wrote above, people need to see results. To be sure that you really have changed something, after you have set the short and midterm goals, implement a measurement tool for results and time for fulfillment. These tools will represent the standards you want to change and the level of change for each particular standard.
Re-construct your chief aim through the goals
Have you worked with people who are never satisfied? From them you will always hear words like:
“This is still not enough.”
“I don’t feel like it is completed.”
“Something is missing.”
“I/We have done it, but I don’t feel like this is what I was after.”…etc.
If you hear these words from someone then you must know that you are standing in front of a person who missed to connect his or her chief aim in life with the plan for implementation created. To ensure that you are going in the right direction, try a simple exercise:
Look through the plan you have created. Connect all the milestones first, then move to the midterm goals you have put in each milestone and finish with the short-term goals and activities that are planned to support your chief aim fulfillment.
Does everything look OK? Did you feel that something is still missing? If the answer to the second question is YES, then go again through the whole plan. Explore in deep detail each element you have put in the plan. Find what is missing and add it. After you have done that you are now ready to start with the fulfillment of your chief aim.
Be conscious and flexible about changes in the environment
Many people start with a static end goal and are often disappointed with the end result. This is often seen in gamblers. Most of them fail, because they have a fixed mindset about end goal, and after several fall downs they just quit, to realize that someone else, using their technique, their lucky numbers have won. If you want to feel satisfied and see how your chief aim is transforming your and other’s environments, you will need to adapt to changes. There is nothing static in life And what looks static at a particular moment can turn into a door for an amazing change. That is why you need to periodically review the plan you have written and the actions you are implementing to be sure that they are relevant. Do not keep actions and milestones, that are not connected with the chief aim. If you keep them that will make recede from it and become counterproductive in your way and less focused.
Leadership today is defined by people who know what their chief aim is and how to achieve it. And along the way these same people attract others to them, who contoiunsly try to change the status quo, by implementing their purpose to be here in the circle of life. There is nothing scarier than a person who does not want to find his purpose in life and is just a form of existence in the biological circle in the world. People, focused on their personal aim to be here and contribute to the society are the true leaders, making and planning impact fr good, growth, development, and satisfaction in every area of life.
Want to be one of these people? … Find your chief aim why you exist and start fulfilling it…