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to Set Goals You Will ACHIEVE
By Victoria Munro
Many entrepreneurs live frenetically
busy lives, taking little time to stop and plan
where they really want to take their lives. Under the
daily pressures of running a successful business, goals
often fall by the wayside unachieved, but setting
and reaching our goals will allow us to create the life
we really want. Goals help us achieve what our
hearts knows is right.
Use the following steps to set goals, even big “impossible” ones, and achieve them.
the Big Picture
Take Time to Reflect
Set aside some time to consider what you really want
in life. Ask yourself: What gives me the most fulfillment?
What have been my greatest accomplishments? What do
I enjoy doing most? As you do this make notes.
Without the answers to these questions, you could achieve a goal only to find that, though it seemed like a good idea at the time, it's not what you really want for your life.
If your goal is not a little overwhelming and scary, maybe it's not big enough and you need to think again.
Document Your Destination
Define your big life goal and write it down. This takes time and effort. It can also be unnerving – somehow, committing a goal to paper opens up the possibility that you could fail to reach it.
Writing it down will increase your chances of achieving it. When you achieve your goal, imagine how you will feel. How will you spend your time each day? What will it look like? Cut out a picture and post it where you’ll see it often. Vision is a powerful motivator.
the End in Mind from the Start
Think about where you want to be three years from today.
Create a clear, detailed picture
in your mind of what your life will be like.
Then, look back from there
to the present, and ask yourself, “In order to
achieve this, where will I need to be and what will
I need to have in place two years, then one year from
now?” Working backwards, establish yearly, monthly and
weekly targets to get you there. Breaking your large
goal down into smaller goals will spur you on in the
right direction, keep you on track and help you to avoid
derailing distractions along the way.
What it Will Cost You
If you have set a worthwhile goal for your life, it
will take some serious effort and persistence to achieve
it—there will be a price tag, and it’s important to
decide before you get started if you’re willing to pay
Remember, when we decide to do something, by default we also choose not to do something else.
Identify any obstacles that may prevent or hinder you from achieving this goal, and develop strategies to overcome them.
on the Goal!
Today, we face constant distractions. We are bombarded daily with thousands of marketing messages – all vying for our attention. We have more freedom and opportunities than previous generations – we have countless wonderful possibilities right at our fingertips! It takes discipline to stay focused and on track.
Anticipating areas that could cause distractions and being prepared to avoid them can help. For example, when I research a topic on the Internet, I know I could easily get off track and spend an hour or more exploring all sorts of interesting topics, and have fun doing it. I have to make a conscious effort to stay focused.
Your Goal Often
Take time out to review your goals at least monthly. In light of where you are now, perhaps with new knowledge and experience you’ve recently gained, look again at your main goal, see if it needs tweaking and check where you are now in relation to it. Seeing your progress like this is encouraging. Also, be sure to reward yourself at every milestone reached along the way.
With a Buddy
So seek out someone you can be really honest with and
ask him or her to hold you accountable to do what you’ve
committed to do. Request he or she accept no excuses.
Perhaps ask someone who is eager to achieve their goals
and reciprocate – hold each other accountable.
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly® LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
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