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Goal Setting - A surefire road to success!
By Julie Tillman-Frost
Whether you're just starting your business, or celebrating your
5th, or 25th anniversary, writing down your goals is probably
the single most important thing you can do. Think that sounds
far fetched? Think again. Without goals, we don't know where we
are going. If we don't know where we are going, how we will ever
"Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship
that has set sail with no destination." - Fizhugh Dodson
If you were going to drive to another state to visit your Aunt
Betty, wouldn't you have a plan? Wouldn't you bring a map?
Surely you would! Otherwise you could end up in Georgia instead
of Colorado! Both places are nice, but Aunt Betty would be
disappointed if you ended up in Colorado and missed that
delicious apple pie she spent all day preparing! Writing down
your goals is like deciding your destination. >From there you
can draw your own 'map'.
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end
up somewhere else." - Laurence J. Peter
So, how do we go about setting goals? Write them down! Whether
it's on your computer or a napkin from your local deli or a
sticky note - get it down. It's not important where you write
them, just that you do. The act of writing your goals down (or
typing them out) helps you visualize your goals, and gets you
thinking about how you will reach them.
"A goal properly set is halfway reached." - Zig Ziglar
Need a lesson in goal setting? It's easy... Get your pen and
paper, or computer and keyboard, in front of you and remember
these key ideas;
Begin with the end in mind - Your goal shouldn't be something
so huge it seems unattainable. Small goals to reach a larger one
are often a more effective way of reaching them.
"Without a goal to work toward, we will not get there." -
Write down at least 5 goals you have for this month. Make them
as simple as "Work for at least five hours each day" to "Pay all
my bills early" or "Make sure I market my business in some way -
every single day." Then you can work on your long term goals -
For next year, 3 years from now, 5 years from now, and longer.
"Happiness, wealth, and success are the by-products of goal-
setting; they cannot be the goal themselves." - John Condry
Prioritize your goals. Each goal is important, but some need to
be reached sooner than others, and some will take more effort.
What is your most important goal? Visualize yourself reaching
that goal each day. Figure out what smaller goals you will need
to reach in order to reach the most important.
"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there." - Bo
Sometimes we wonder why we've had mediocre results in the
past... Where did we go wrong? Many times you can attribute this
to lack of goal setting. Simply wishing for things to happen
won't make them happen. Writing down you goals, and in turn
figuring out how you will reach them will make them happen.
"Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh
and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes." - Ralph
Whatever you do, don't take your eyes off the goal. When you
are driving to Aunt Betty's, you may come across a closed road -
But you won't fret, because you have a map, and you will simply
take another route. Many times you may have to change your path,
but your focus should remain on the goal and how you will reach
"Obstacles are those frightful things when you take your eyes
of your goals." - Hannah Moore
I believe in the power of thoughts. Whether you want to call it
prayer, meditation, visualization, or anything else, there is
power in it! If your having trouble reaching your goals, by all
means, think about how you will reach them, step by step, until
you have attained them! These thoughts will bring action. You
create your own destiny, why not visualize the destiny you want?
"Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved
this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when
you've reached your goal." - Earl Nightingale
Start a goal journal today!
Julie Tillman-Frost is co-owner, webmaster, writer, editor,
publisher, and head trash taker-outer of YourHomeBiz.com, the
ezine that helps you realize your home based business dreams. If
you are looking to start, grow, and succeed in home based
business, please stop by http://www.yourhomebiz.com/ You can
also subscribe to her Free weekly enewsletter, YHBWeekly,
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