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How to set your target and stay focused on it

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While playing golf, I was trying to hit the ball as straight as possible towards my target, but each time the ball would take a different trajectory which was opposite my target. I asked my coach what made the shot curve away from the target. He said my golf club needed a little ''millimeter shift'' to hit the ball towards the right direction.

I was surprised and asked what he meant by a little ''millimeter shift.'' He explained that the position of my golf club must be shifted a little before hitting the ball. I followed what he said, and it gave me the desired result. That experience gave me an instant life lesson.

Sometimes when you try too hard at doing something and the result does not turn up the way you expect it to be, you need to take a break, disassociate yourself from the process and try to focus on what aspect in your approach needs a few ''millimeter shift.''

Intense focus is critical when you aim to achieve all your goals in life. Many people fail because they pay too much attention on the process, forgetting that they have to make the right alignment with their target.

There are many ways of attaining what you want in life. If plan A fails, switch to plan B, but keep the same focus. Change the process, correct your mistakes, learn from the experience, yet keep your eyes on your target.

For example, if you want to pass a professional course, focus on working hard to drive to that destination and attain success. If problems come along the way, e.g. financial or time constraints, change your approach, but never give up. Keep your goals specific, measurable, attainable and time-bound. In the end, you will be surprised at what you have done and what you have become.

So, if you currently have not achieved your goals yet, maybe you just need a little ''millimeter shift'' to hit the draw.

Handy Hints:

• Goals must be specific, measureable, attainable, time-bound

• Pay attention not only to the process but your own approach

• Focus on what really matters, not what you don't want in life

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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company