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Why job?|Set goal |How to identify your passion?

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It is certain that you are in the knowledge of a lot of people in life who are working to earn a living. Also, may I ask you as to what percentage of them are happy with what they were doing? You will find that most of them do not like their jobs. Why they go to jobs and what is their passion for?

 They are doing that job for their earning which is required for their survival. The amount of money is not the subject right now. If one does a job that he likes to do, he will certainly do it better.

Also, he would have grown much beyond the present level The mental satisfaction will be more. This has its own therapeutic benefits on that human. They may be longevity and general wellness among them.

Can we know why are all these people going to do jobs? We realize that all these people are going for jobs only for economic reasons. They need the earnings from the job to support their families and pay their bills. Are they satisfied with their jobs? 

If checked, most of them will state that they do not like their jobs. They are in it only for economic reasons and also they have no job satisfaction. They are engaged in some activity just for financial support.

I believe that all will have immense satisfaction only when they engage in the activity of their choice and interest. For example, they are

Artists,

Musicians, writers,

Scientists(very useful for mankind)

Sportsmen and athletes ( want to be the best) to name a few

In these fields, the satisfaction levels are very high. All of them are highly disciplined in life.

scientists at work

The feel-good factor is very high.

Set your goals-HOW?

At outset, you will realize that the goals are set and action is taken on the plan as per the goals set very early in life.

So, you can reach the top by the time you are still in your prime.

This clearly demonstrates the power of goal setting.

Now, if you are wondering what is to be done now as you may have passed the younger ages.

 The big world has a lot of space. You can get to any place you want from wherever you are right now. You can still reach the top. You just have to make a few adjustments or fine-tuning, make a plan after checking if the criteria are in line with the SMART Principles as given below-

SMART

S- Specific- Not “Will be rich man,” But” I will be a Millionnaire.”

                     Not “I will be an athlete.” But I will be a sprinter.”

M- Measurable- Goals can not be approximate. They have to be specific like this.

                    Not “I will reduce my weight” But” I will reduce by 15 kgs.”

                     Not “ I will clean the house” But “ I will clean the complete interior part of my house.”

  1. Actionable- You have to demonstrate using the metrics, the resources, and your capabilities of achieving the goal. You cannot have a goal as I will lift one tonne. You have to list out – how and what.

        R- Relevant- You have to indicate your goal is in line with the larger scheme of things you planned out.

     T- Timebound- All of us normally plan our activities of the day by the priorities of the timelined items. We go as per the due dates of the items.

         “ The Tuition Fee of the college ( 1500) has to paid by 25th of Jan 2020. We plan and keep the resource ready by then.

          “ I will reduce my weight by 15 kgs to weigh 75 kgs by 1st May 2020.” Hence we plan our diet and activities accordingly. In addition, we also keep track of undertaking periodical reviews to monitor the progress towards up to the end.

           “ I will mobilize all resources needed for building a 5 roomed sea-facing villa within five years ending. 2025. I already have the money needed.”

As the timeline is agreed upon and committed, we have to plan and, manage our activities accordingly.

We can reach any place you desire from wherever we are we are placed right now. But with exclusions and inclusions based on SMART principles.

How to plan

You may have to manage some resources. You may have to manage your time to set aside time for your new-found interest.

Now our PLAN has become important as per the SMART Goal. It is not enough to just plan. We have to work on the plan.

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.”- Jim Rohn.

Work on the goals per the timelines conceived.

How to work on the plan

Whatever you have planned, you have to work as per the plan. Your life depends on this vital aspect.

We may have to work harder in certain areas. This essential to be on the track to our goals.

Let us not forget that we have to ensure that we put appropriate effort into the activities leading us to the achievement of our important goal. The activities will not culminate in achieving the goals. We will miss the bus if we compromise. Hence we must put all our effort and concentration on working the plan till the end.

Now that we have the goal set, we have to take action based on the plan. At times we may feel that the goal may appear daunting. At this stage split the big goal into smaller goals and then achieve them one by one. This is the best way to achieve the main big goal. All we have to do now is to keep achieving these smaller goals which are apparently easier.

His way your plan to achieve your goal has become achievable. You only have to make a list of the

sub-goals and manage the resources needed to work on those.

Identify your passion

Have you found and identified your passion? You have to find your passion now if you have not yet

Identified your passion now. Ask yourself- what am I good at? What do you score more marks on?

What activity gives you pleasure? You like to engage in it. It makes you feel good. It could be an extra curriculum activity. Like sports, arts, music, dance, drama, acting, debating, athletics,

team games. Some are physical, some are mental activities. What are you enthusiastic about?

It is so very for you to be said by someone to tell you- just identify your passion and go ahead. This

It is not an easy task. Most individuals are unable to find their passion until it is too late to make an

Impact on the world. In fact, I found my passion after working on a job for several years. I was working just to care for my family. I have been studying how to identify one’s passion for quite some time.

#1.- Medical research-  There is a substance called Dopamine produced in the body. When this is present in the body, one feels pleasure. This is generated when one engages in certain activities. Some of these are Dopamine consuming activities such as watching TV series, movies, drinking alcohol, and sex to name a few including smoking. Some activities are Dopamine producing such as art, music, sports to name a few. Other Dopamine producing activities include profit generation and helping employees to care for their families while being eco-friendly.

The activities which are Dopamine consuming are bordering on addiction. Avoid such activities. These are not good for the world at large. You look ahead and choose Dopamine producing activity and pursue that as your passion. Only Dopamine producing activity is sustainable for life. Just make a list of ten activities that are pleasurable to you, makes you feel good. Be honest with yourself. Try out the first item if it feels good. Or else move to the next one on the list after giving it a fair chance.

This way once you find your passion, just go full swing with that activity. It is OK to give several attempts to find your passion.

This is one of the methods to find your passion.

uncovering passion

Another method is given below.

#2-Quadrant Method:

WHAT YOU LOVE   
WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT                                     D
I                                   WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT                                       WHAT YOU DON’T LOVE
YOU LOVE
NOT GOOD AT                                                        C
 S                                         DON’T LOVE                                            NOT GOOD AT

There are four quadrants D and C on the left and I and S on the right side.

You will be able to place the concerned activities on the quadrants as per the labels.  

Activities which you can place on Quad D is your Passion.

Activities which you can place on Quad I is for paying your bills. This the JOB where most people are stuck.

Activities under Quad C is your potential which can be developed by effort or upskilling.

Activities under Quad S are mostly supportive tasks involving cleaning, washing, maintenance, and other daily tasks to name a few. This is the general trend, it is the passion of few people to like and engage in these activities as well.

You can develop your own lists and classify the activities.

Now with the above methods described and your lists prepared you may have been able to narrow down on your passion.

The identified passion must be cultivated and nurtured. You must aim to excel in your passionate activity. You can definitely make a meaningful and profitable living out your new-found passion, which is identified by you.

When to set your goals | Goal setting stages

You should start the process of goal setting as soon as possible if you have not yet set your goal. The ideal time to set your goal is much younger age. If you have any children in your proximity, who are yet to set goals. You can guide them with the help of their parents.

Have you crossed your younger days? No issues yet. You still can succeed in life and reach wherever you want to be from wherever you are right now. you have to apply the guidelines and move forward. More details are on the other pages. Read them too.

This is actually adult content. We do not expect children to be reading this page. Of course, the period of goal setting starts at that stage. I urge the adults reading this to inspire and create communication channels with the children around them with the appropriate content to guide them. Part of our motivation is centered around the motivation generated by us in others. You should recall that you can begin your journey only if you clear on the destination. This is the purpose of goal setting.

There are various times when the goals can be set. Generally, the earlier the better for getting to the top.

Children with internet connected devices
Children with internet

The goal-setting stages can start at a very young age. A child’s brain is developed almost completely by the age of seven. It is in this period that deep imprints upon the brain are made by various factors. The child is introduced to new surroundings, people, food, habits, language, etc. by various individuals in the child’s life. The child gets the hang of its life as learns to cope with daily routines in various periods of day and surroundings in favorable and unfavorable situations.

It begins to develop tastes and preferences. It learns to avoid and engage in certain activities and situations. On certain deep imprints, the child can develop strong desires which will develop into goals in life. This may make them into great artists, athletes, scientists, big businessman or criminals. This is because the deep and strong desires turn into goals. At this juncture, traits may lead to addictive personalities.

More efforts get focused on desires as a result. Nowadays the nuclear families are the trait and not mother, father and other siblings. With mushrooming of various devices, the child is left to be bombarded with information from the digital media.

By the time the child comes to be 15 years old, he already knows the world. In contrast, his parents may not have amassed much knowledge even up to the age of 50. The older generation would have to be interested in various subjects and have taken the effort to have visited a couple of libraries to obtain knowledge. Now the boy or girl has the internet available at their command for information. The digital information is bombarded on them from a wide range of devices like television, mobiles, tablets, etc.

By now, this child who has become a teenager is exposed to so many individuals who are capable of inspiring them to become or not become like them. Some teenagers may have by now reaffirmed their desires. Some smarties may have managed to convert them into goals. If so, it is easy to convert these goals into reality. If elders have observed these and are in communication with the teenager, they should provide studied guidance.

Some smart children begin to learn to convert their desires to goals. Though this subject is a point of such wide discussion, only 2% of the total world population does this. This is that 2% controlling 98 % of the world’s population.

Now the desires should be written down.  This written down list should be seen every day with great concentration and focus. Ways and means will arrive for the child. Some children are able to able to get their list and focus on the stage before the high school level itself. These children should be identified and assisted by the necessary support and inspiration.

Look at this example-

 I want to run a marathon

I want to be a champion marathoner.

I want to teach other kids to become marathoners.

I should be able to look after my parents.

I want to read comics.

I want to create comics.

My ability to create comics will be my sustainable source of good income for me and my family members.

I should be capable to provide for all my family members.

Let us look at another example-

I want to ski around the world.

I want to ski in the Alps.

I will learn to ski and get myself a good outfit.

I will get physically fit, find a good trainer.

I will win the winter Olympics.

I will set up my own ski academy.

I will have students from around the world training with me.

This will enable me to help me to sustain my family pretty well.

All of us at home will have all the good things in life.  

Now with a little focus, the child enters high school.

As the subjects of study are being chosen (this should be as per the merits and interests of the child and not the parent), the child has obtained more focus on the tasks for the specific period. After high school, the child is almost ready or facing life on its own by going for a job or to college to do graduation.

Assuming the child has finished high school successively as planned with the chosen electives, it is ready to an extent to take on the next step.

 Please bear in your mind that these goals set at this stage can be changed or modified during the lifeline for various compelling reasons.

This stage where the child is on the way to the senior school stage, the child has to learn to be disciplined.

This discipline will enable the child to focus on and visualize the future. This will ensure a strong foundation for the child’s future.

Now is the stage for concentrating on the development of various life skills. The most important one being “Communication skills” like writing, reading and speaking. In life when the interactions with people increase over time, one should be able to grasp the ideas of others and be able to convey own ideas too. Human’s entire life is an exchange of ideas.

This happens throughout life at all stages. This exchange of thoughts between individuals is part of various transactions as in sales, banking, teaching, business to name few. The child needs to learn to analyze and learn this process. This is a separate field of study called- Transactional analysis.

The whole life of the human is a series of transactions, even between the family members.

Most importantly, it is at this stage, the child learns about money in life. This happens from the age of seven. Some people will say, money is everything, some will say money is evil and cause of all trouble in life. Also apart from humans, the electronic media is also bombarding the child with all sense and nonsense.

All these patterns and thoughts become ingrained in the brain. It is based on these, that the child begins to react to various circumstances in life. The child develops an attitude towards money and most relationships are based on this.

The child’s/young adult’s attitude begins to be shaped on this financial blueprint ingrained within.

Fortunately, these blueprints can be consciously modified at any stage in life. It is this financial blueprint that brings about the pattern and limits of earning on this young adult.

In all these stages, the elders who are guiding this child have to ensure that the child does not cultivate any negative blueprints.  These may also depend on the culture of the place the child is growing. The positives and negatives of each culture differ based on each locality.

Now it can be concluded that the micro and macro components as mentioned in the above article are responsible for the child’s path to getting to the top in life.

Are the goals set? What happens if you do not?

 

Have you fixed your goals? If you have not yet done it, read the previous chapters and then fix your goals and proceed in life.

By fixing your goal, you can reach anywhere from wherever you are now. Some of you may argue that you are now at a place, satisfactory to you and you landed there without setting goals and working towards it. Be informed that you reached there by just drifting in the atmosphere like pollen drifting in the air from flower to flower to pollinate and help propagate plant life.

Think about it, you may have become a reasonably successful executive in a large corporation. You may not have aimed to join that corporation and grow to where you are right now. You may have never aimed for it years ago unless your sole priority/goal/aim was to find yourself a decent job to support your financial needs, Keeping in mind your education and past work experience. You joined the corporation, worked by their rules and policies, put in a lot of effort and hard work. By this, in due course, you rose up the ranks and grew up to where you are now. You had not fixed this as your goal. You got sucked in by nature to be part of someone else’s goal. You worked to support the owner of the corporation, and you did it well and you benefitted incidentally and made that person wealthier. In the process, you fulfilled your incidental needs too. This happened only because you had failed to set your goals which could have been much loftier. Is this your rise to the top? You could have set your goal to have run your own corporation instead you ended up supporting someone else’s goal. Therefore if you do not set your own goal early enough and work towards it, nature will make you part of someone else’s goal and not yours.

Now that some of you have sat down in a place and thought out your goals after all deliberations, there is an issue now. Just because you thought of having lunch, it does not mean that you get to eat lunch. You have to plan to find and choose the recipe and arrange to procure all the required ingredients. Now you need to spend time and put your effort and cook your meal and then eat it with all pleasure and satisfaction. After setting your goal, you have to plan on the track to get to your goal. The journey has just begun. There is a lot of work to be done. Starting to work your plan takes the biggest effort. For example, if you have picked up a goal to run a marathon in the coming year. You have to begin practicing your daily runs. That takes the maximum effort to start doing this. Once started, inertia takes you forward in your journey. On completion of a week to ten days, Practice runs become a daily habit and difficult to miss. Once the first step is taken, the journey forward keeps happening on its own.

To help you set goals there are a whole lot of APPS in the Android Play Store to be downloaded free of cost. Choose one of the apps like – GOAL PLUS. It is of mere 19 MB. Now keep up as per the instructions from the APP and move forward till you actually begin the goal journey. Once the goal is set, you have to start working on the plan early enough, almost immediately. Let me tell you why to do so in a musical manner.

On youtube.com, listen to the song titled – TIME from the album –The Dark Side of the Moon of

Group called PINK FLOYD.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_VjVqe3KJ0)

It is suggested that you first listen to the song with the lyrics in front of you-

 

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste hours in an offhand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

And the one day you find ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking

And racing around to come behind you again

The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time is gone the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

 

Having heard the song, you would have got two points registered in you.

  • You have to get on with the plan to get to the goal to get to the top without wasting any time. If you waste your time, you may miss the starting point/gun and miss out on your opportunity. So there you missed your chance to get to the top. Say, you set your goal to join the Armed Forces. You kept wasting your time and attention. In the due course, you miss the last date of the application. Now you would have missed the maximum age for applying. So you have now lost the race even without beginning.

 

  • The next point is that most people think that the life expectancy of humans is 500 years. Having missed earlier, you wait for catching up, in the process you may have become of retiring age and closer to death. What does that mean? You have failed life because you did not set your goal and work on it. You have to do goal setting at the appropriate time or else how will you get to the top? Or else, you will spend your entire life on incidental chores of arranging and paying your bills. So get going now.

 

The above given is the recipe of success and to get to the top. So get motivated and get along.

 

 

Listen to this song, again and again, to keep reminding you to set your goal and start to work on it.

Please ask for clarifications, if any.

In this exercise, you must only listen to your inner voice from your heart and not anyone else’s.

You may consult, by all means, remember that it is your life in the end.You are alone in this game.

Use the space of the comments for it.

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You could leave your comments too.

This is my analysis and for the first time in the world and unique-

If you do not set your own goal early enough and work on it, nature will put you as part of someone else’s goal and not yours primarily.

 

 

 

 

 

Types of Goals

Now all of us have understood that we are going someplace only if we have goals. Once the goals are in place, our efforts will bear fruits. Once goals are in place, we can start making efforts towards that direction.
Just because you thought out that your goal is to be an astronaut, you cannot become that without doing certain tasks needed to become that. You have to further make certain short term, medium term and long term goals and achieve them in stages. Our goal may be on the 50th floor. We cannot climb up directly to the 50th floor but have to climb up the floors one by one right up to the top. Climbing the stairs one by one is the best way to get right up to the top.
We have planned to make our efforts step by step. We plan our moves as per our final goal. We have to think out the route. If we do not know it. It has to be researched. We may follow a role model. We may need to take advice from elders or experts from the respective field. We have to build our focus and never lose sight of it at any cost.
We got to have a goal for our lives, or else we will become a part of someone else’s goal. Now goals are of different types. Some goals are like climbing stairs, one step is one goal. One goal after goal we can end up with our # Lifetime Goal. Now we realize that the lifetime goal is split into various # Intermediate goals. By this we can achieve seemingly big goals step by step and get to the top.
Now we must understand the different types of goals. Some goals are based on duration, as per the situation one is at that time.
#Short Term Goals
#Medium Term Goals
#Long Term Goals
These types of goals are more clearly understood on your
#Academic Goals – These may be your Semester goals – you may want to improve on certain subjects.
Semester Goals may be Short Term Goals. Medium goals may be #Graduation Goal. Long Term Goal may be your # Doctorate Goal.
After academic goals , you will have #Career Goals- May be Journalist, Scientist, Beautician etc,
During or after this, you may have #Relationship Goals.
You may decide on boy or girl friends. You may decide on Marriage. Or Divorce or just being a Bachelor.
You will have various # Asset goals-
Transportation Goals- motorcycle , car , airplane etc.
Housing goals-Bachelor pad, Multi bedroom Apartment after marriage. Villa after having children.
You will have Aspirational Goals- working as senior executive of a top company, marrying a billionaire’s beauty queen daughter, children to study in top colleges. Own big cars and houses etc.
All the above goals are the major life goals. Apart from these there are some other goals which come at various stages of life.
All the above goals are very clear ones. Apart from the above there are lot of other goals which we include on our lives at various stages based on our needs and momentary fetishes.
The various types of goals are listed below. They are very obvious and do not need any explanation-
Fitness Goals.- This may be needed for those having certain games as part of their lifetime goal.
Styling Goals.
Wellness Goals
Career Goals.
Financial Goals
Spiritual Goals.
First step Goal.
All these are related to the meaning of these words and therefore does not need any in depth explanation. Of course it holds significance if related to one’s lifetime goal.
Do await for the next chapter.

Goal Setting for Non Adults

The earlier article was on goal setting for adults. Now let us see the same thing for children. When a child is asked, “what will you become when you grow up” you may have heard-“I will become a

Locomotive driver
Fire engine driver
Fireman
Astronaut
Nurse etc.,.”

among many items. You will most often find that these goals do not materialize. The goals of these children have been found to change as they grew up.

Anyhow, how do we assist the child to set his/her goal? Of course we have come across instances where a hungry child not knowing how to provide the next meal for himself and his younger sister and mother went on to become a business tycoon and a billionaire .

Why is it that a child exposed to his mother or father dying due to lack of money for a doctor possibly grows up to a great and charitable doctor?

Situations as this make up a great resolve in certain individuals to succeed.

Apart from such factors Parents too play a great role in some cases. A single mother worked multiple jobs to support her son’s training/coaching. This son went on to become the great Olympian swimmer.

A father did the same and the child become a great tennis player

These parents have gone through a life of great sacrifice and dedication for their children.

Surely there are very few such parents around in the world having great goals for themselves to make their children great and world class.

Similarly due to parents, some children have become criminals and cheats.

Let us not dump the entire load of the children’s failure on the parents.

Humans are thinking organisms and not programmed machines. Various exposures to certain circumstances knowingly or unknowingly can leave tremendous impressions on human mind at various stages to make strong resolve to shape certain goals for the individual.

Apart from the above written points, this incident impressed me.

I was browsing some videos on YOUTUBE.
I came across a lot of videos under keywords- [goal setting for children].

This blew me apart- when I was kid I was never exposed to anything like this. I wish that you spend some time on this yourself and do the same thing with your kids.
You could give them concepts such as long term goals, short term goals, goals of the year etc.
It was good to stumble on this. This was not prevalent during my formative years. It was not prevalent then. Please get these videos to the young kids around you.
Apart from these, everybody’s skill-sets and efforts are different . These have to be identified and encouraged and motivated for the continued pursuit of these skill-sets .

Look out for my next episode.

Single most important factor to your way to the top

Your present position is due to a combo of various reasons. It is based on your past decisions and efforts. Also, you may factor in your family background and your childhood upbringing. But definitely your future depends on your wish. You can get to where you want to be from where you are.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well”

“The poorest of all men is the one without a dream..”

“It takes as much energy to wish as it takes to plan.”

“The indispensable first step in getting the things you want in life is to decide what you want.”

Just to have a dreams does not amount to having constructed your goals. The goal is a goal only if it is well defined.

For convenience let us use an acronym- SMART .  Your goal has to be SMART.

S-Specific

M-Measurable

A-Attainable

R- Relevant/Realistic

T-Time bound

I have searched all over for recipes for success. I have heard and read from a lot of gurus of success.

Everybody had unanimously decried that your journey to the top/success does not begin without your making of your SMART goal.

Most goals are numeric with a time stamp.

I will shed 20 kgs by March 2020

I will own a five bedroomed, 5000 sq ft home in Malibu California.

The goals should be milestoning- Getting the gold medal or becoming the Star salesman of the territory.

Do not be afraid to create lofty goals . If you  had small goals  you will regret for having set small goals and not bigger ones.”You will want to set a goal big enough that in the process of achieving it you become some one worth becoming.”

Let us summarize-

The goals have to be Specific-

I will become the Team Leader by 2021.

Your goals have to be measurable.

I will lose 25 kgs weight by May 2020.

The goals have to be attainable. You cannot aspire to win a Olympic medal if you are in your thirties and not have gained enough proficiency in your chosen discipline /sport. You cannot aspire to be the leading Cardiologist of your province if you are not a student of biology or life sciences.

Your goal has to be attainable and relevant. If you are not a Salesman, how can you aspire to be the Best Salesman of your company?

Your goal has to be time bound

I will lose 25 kgs weight by May 2020.

I will own my farm 5000 sq ft farmhouse in Malibu, California by 2025.

You will not attain your goals if you have not set you SMART goals.

A specimen of a good goal would be-

I will become the Vice President – Sales of my company by 2023 .

If no goal is set, no one is going anywhere.

Can you get to any place from your airport if you have not thought and planned out the destination..

So now we have realized that we must make SMART goals to take us to the TOP.

Everybody’s TOP is different and so are the skillsets. And efforts.

With SMART goals , everyone can move towards the TOP.

SMART goals have given us focus.

All are born skilless , hence all the concerned skill needed to take us the top can be acquired.

Want to succeed ?

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You are either reaching for the top or already on the top. Here you can learn how to reach over to the top within a specific time frame . If you are already on the top, you can guide others to get to the top. All of us need to be on the top for various reasons.

I have been planning to put this in place for the past few months . I did considerable research concerning the steps involved. I have now managed to put it together . My aim is to compile the correct and precise steps to be taken to reach the top within your thought out time span.

You can post your thoughts , questions and any other inputs , we will help all to reach the top.