There is a sort of magic found in setting goals. When you set yourself goals in an ever expanding spiral, starting with goals for yourself, your immediate and extended family, your community, city where you live, province or state, your country where you earn most of your money and finally goals for the planet and beyond. You open your mind and you begin to see massive possibility or hidden potential, which would have remained hidden from you, had you not allowed yourself to think beyond your own limited environment.

When you consciously set yourself inspiring goals and you are clear on why achieving those goals is important to you, you unlock a deep rooted passion and drive, which will allow you to overcome any obstacle, which may cross your path. The one secret I have discovered when trying to turn goal setting into goal achieving is that you must have goals, which are bigger than yourself and your own self-interest. Unless you have a vision and goals, which are at minimum, at least as big as your family, you will struggle to achieve your personal goals. You will struggle to expand your vision of what is possible for your family and achieve goals at this level, unless you have goals and a clear vision for your community. You will never be able to make a real and lasting difference in your community, unless you have a vision and a set of goals to make a difference in your state or province. You will most certainly never become an international player or even one of the top players in your nation, unless you have a vision and goals, which is truly vast and beyond global thinking.

Once you have stretched your thinking beyond yourself and stretched your mind to include a vision and goals for as large a world as you can. Expand your thinking around goal setting to include short, medium and long term goals. Short term is goals cover the next year, medium term goals stretch out over the next five years and long term goals stretch out in front of you, for the next 120 years. Research has shown that most people over estimate what they can achieve in a year, but significantly underestimate the unbelievable possibilities, which can be achieved in a decade. When you allow yourself to take a really long term view of what is possible, you free your brain to dream about unlimited possibility and you are able to see that almost anything is possible for you.

When we expand our space and time horizons, we are able to stretch our vision and we begin to explore and discover greater possibility, thereby unlocking more of our hidden potential. This phenomenon of expanding awareness and unlimited possibility is highlighted by examining the time horizons of different people filling differing roles in our world. A factory worker has a limited time and space horizon and thinks in terms of hours and days. The person who supervisors the factory workers, must think in slightly expanded terms and sees the world from a slightly expanded perspective and thinks in terms of days and weeks.

The lower management team needs to think and plan a little differently and they need to see their world in terms of weeks and months, whereas middle management takes on an even longer term view and they need to think and plan in terms of months and even year to year, in terms of budgets etc. The people in upper management positions are more strategic in their thinking and they focus on their business in terms of years and decades. The CEO on the other hand must think in decades and focus his or her energy on creating a business, which will last for decades and even generations.

As you can see from this example, the greater your focus around your space, time continuum is, or the more expanded your time scale awareness is. The greater will be your ability to expand and grow and the greater will be the magnitude of your accomplishments. The best way to turn goal setting into goal achievement is to expand your vision, learn the art of patience, by allowing yourself to have longer time horizons for your vision and goals and avoid the trap of always expecting or wanting instant gratification. Add to this your big vision and a set of goals, which encompasses a global view of all the possibilities around what you can accomplish on a global scale and you have the key to unlock your unlimited potential, where you can have, do and be whatever you want. When you are inspired from within and you have a vision and a set of goals, which stretches you to think beyond only yourself and an expanded time frame, which expands your thinking about what is possible for you. There is no limit to what you can achieve.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew is an expert and master teacher that speaks and teaches self-leadership, expanded awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. He guides individuals and business professionals, to identify, prioritise and carry out the right activities, consistently, so that they can maximise their personal effectiveness and deliver their best; on time, every time. All the tools and techniques Andrew teaches; have been tested in the laboratory of his own life and the many successful businesses he has owned and led, over the past 20 years. These strategies have seen Andrew achieve financial independence and reach a point of harmonious balance in all areas of his life. His purpose is to help as many people as possible, achieve similar or better results and to show them how they can realise their full potential, both personal and professionally and to help them live a meaningful life, where they are fulfilled in all areas.