Personal Goal Setting: Self Improvement For Right Brainers

Personal goal setting & self improvement for right brainers and how to aquire achievement & success.

Get a planner. Prioritize your goals. Make detail lists of important objectives for the day, and proceed with caution. These kind of techniques often utilized in goal setting workshops sound alien and suffocating to the right-brained individual. It is true that daily calendars and to do lists can be extremely helpful in time management and goal achievement. These techniques are not at all helpful if they are not used. A planner gathering dust under a pile of junkmail is not the best route to achieving life goals. It is important to take into consideration who you are when you adopt techniques for goal setting. Consider what you are willing to do, and what you could never do even to save your own life. Looking at the differences between right and left brained people will help you understand which modality best describes your personality

The right-brained person sees that all problems are connected and are related to each other in some way. Their reasoning can be divergent, and creative. The non-linear individual does not look forward or back. There is a sense of being in the moment, and a loose grasp on the concept of time. This style is interested in brainstorming and exploring options. They will be more receptive to the obscure solutions, and consider all possibilities. Events are connected, so even the most bizarre circumstances can be justified in the strong right-brained individual. This person has the ability to suspend judgment and explore the reasoning behind the actions of the individual. These type of thought patterns characterize the right-brained person.

The left-brained individual, or linear thinking person has a different focus. This person sees problems as separate and individual. Each problem needs a unique solution. The left-brained individual believes that by making lists, planning days, and adhering to agendas much can be accomplished. This person believes that by sticking to the rules you can get ahead. This style of thought is devoted to finding out how to get through a situation and onto the next. This style has a need to maintain control of separate events, so that everything can be neatly packaged and handled.

Considering these two separate modalities, it is easy to see that traditional learning strategies are geared toward the left-brained individual. This individual does well working with a complicated planner, setting goals, breaking goals down into objectives, and sticking to the plans that are made. The right-brained individual needs a more philosophical approach to goal setting. H.B. Gelatt outlines four principles that can be helpful:

· Be focused and flexible about what you want.

· Be aware and wary about what you know.

· Be objective and optimistic about what you believe.

· Be practical and magical about what you do.

These can be applied to setting and achieving goals for the creative, non-linear mind.

The first principle talks about focus. The right-brained individual may gather their focus through visualizations. This person can use their vivid imagination to create strong images of what achieving their goal will look like in terms of colors, people, scenery, textures, and other details. This image can be replayed again and again in the mind to create a strong focused drive in the individual. The flexibility comes with the person seeing the whole situation and realizing that all visions may not work out to fit their needs. The divergent thinker must be able to muster the initiative to accomplish a goal, and accept the reality that some goals are not what they seem.

The principle that suggests being aware and wary can be helpful to individuals who are able to consider what they have learned and integrate this with the new information coming in. Sometimes information becomes obsolete. The left-brained individual must struggle with this nebulous concept. What was true yesterday is no long the case today. The right brained person has the ability to let go of obsolete information and incorporate new ideas into a process oriented paradigm. This ability will help them develop and follow through on meaningful and current goals for themselves

Being objective and optimistic about your beliefs refers to the ability to look at the whole picture. Sometimes taking into account the facts is important and necessary in setting goals. The occupation you wish to train for may have little growth for the future, and the reality may be that it will be a very competitive field. The right-brained individual brings opportunity and enthusiasm to this type of grim statistic. They may add a twist to their training that will open doors. The ability to look at the whole picture is helpful here. The optimism is borne from the ability to look at things from different angles. Statistics are made by linear thinkers. Many visionaries in the past have proven statistics wrong.

The last principle suggests being practical and magical about a person's actions. The right brained individual is willing to act on hunches and feelings. This person is spontaneous and often can not tell you why they are doing something. The right brained person needs to have balance and consider the proven approaches to doing things, but the ability to trust and act on intuition is an asset to getting things done.

Ultimately the right-brained person may need to adopt the techniques of planning, making lists, adhering to deadlines, and mapping out the events of life. Sometimes these things are necessary depending on the system in which a person functions. But having a philosophy about goals and problem solving can be helpful to the non-linear mind. Knowing that all people do not think the same, and some unconventional approaches are worthwhile and effective can be supportive to people who find their life spilling out of their calendar books and into the clouds. Right-brained individuals can be competent in a left-brained world by harnessing their creative energy, and turning their visions into goals realized.

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