Empowerment Checklist- Setting and Achieving Meaningful Goals.

This is the seventh article in the empowerment series -Setting and achieving meaningful goals. In 8 Things to Judge if you are Empowered I wrote that empowered individuals did not wait for the world to give them their next break.  They set aspirational goals and work hard against all odds to achieve them. There are many articles on the internet about goals setting, mission statements and how to guides of goal achievement.   In a nutshell it is all about setting realistic aspirational goals, breaking these goals down to smaller goals and  staying accountable for your goals. These aspirational goals emerge from knowing yourself and what motivates you. As you have seen in my previous articles, I wish to use this article to help you look introspectively. Self awareness is the key to unlocking how you operate and the basis for any changes you would like to make to yourself. Empowered individuals are constantly asking themselves what they would do differently and following this through with corrective actions. Let’s look at some common approaches that individuals use to set goals. Ask yourself these questions to understand your modus operandi. A trusted mentor/friend or relative defines your goals Some of us have the luxury of having supportive individuals like mentors in our life. Think about the decisions you have made in the last couple years. How did you come up with these decisions? Did you have any help in deciding? What was your input? What were their input? How have these decisions worked out for you? What if anything would you do differently? Responsibilities prevent goal setting We are not islands by...