Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Set Your Goals"

Set your goal, go like google

Is your goal big enough? Is it possible that you have set your career sights far too low? After studying many of the world’s most successful businesswoman and men, it was found that a common thread in all their stories – they all had inspiring visions and dared to dream big.

In the mid-nineties, two scruffy college students in Stanford University named Larry Page and Sergey Brin had a dream of organizing all the world’s information and making it universally accessible. What was born out of their small dorm room in Stanford is an internet search engine they called GOOGLE. Brin and Page have now employed more than 10 000 people worldwide in a research company. Millward Brown puts Google at number one in an annual top 100 global brand power list for the second year in a row. Their dream is now worth an estimated R688 Billion, affording them a personal wealth of R37 Billion each.

Frances Hodgson Burnett said, “At first people refused to believe that a strange new thing can be done, and then they begin to hope it can be done, them they see it can be done, then it is done, and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” Dreaming big is a prerequisite if you want to shift the world around you. It was our elder statesman Nelson Mandela who said, “there is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Outlined below are four key values necessary for the accomplishing the dream you have for your personal brand.

1. Intention – it is the setting of an intention that will call in wonder resources, opportunities and people. What do you intend to do, create or accomplish? You also want to have deeper, meaningful intentions about how you live.

2. Integrity – if you were to survey big dreamers on the qualities that they value most, at the top of the list is usually integrity. Keeping your word and delivering on your promises is essential.

3. Do Something – it is essential that you put everything you have learned into an action plan. Without action, we are just dreamers. Taking action and working hard gives you brand power.

4. Build you dream team – once you know what you want to accomplish, develop a team of supporters. Begin with one person who believes in you and your dream and then seek out others. Make sure these team members are clear about your strengths and weaknesses and are prepared to support.

Irrespective of your current plight in life, cultivate a dream large enough to inspire passion and go make it happen. Stay blessed!!

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