How to Set and Achieve Your Goals Every Year-Act with Courage!
Are you struggling to set and achieve your goals? Do you want to advance your career? Are you looking to make more money to better help your family? Is your desire more personal satisfaction? Then you need clear goals, and follow-through that is legendary. US News and World Report shows that 80% of people fail with their objectives.
The four principles below will help you do a better job, and serve your customers better. Also, they will help your company reach and exceed its goals. More importantly, you will take giant steps towards the things you want in life.
Most managers already set quotas for their department. Quotas relate to the company budget. Companies need to do this for business planning purposes. However, you have to do it for yourself, too. The best performers in any industry are meticulous about how much money they want to make, what they will do with the money, and where they are in at any moment in respect to those things. Goal setting helps you become a meaningful specific and not a wandering generality. Your personal and professional goals give you the motivation to act everyday to achieve what you want. Plus, they give you the inspiration to do it with a sense of urgency. That’s how you set and achieve goals that bring you new achievement.
Here’s what to do…
Be hopeful for your future!
It’s been declared, “That the greatest discovery of our generation is that people can alter the outer aspects of their lives by changing the inner attitudes of their minds.” This isn’t a motivational speech here. However, it is a reminder that you have tremendous potential. Success and an optimistic outlook on life is a choice. Unfortunately, too many people look and only see the negative, and the things that are wrong. Each New Year, each new day and each new month is an opportunity to start again. Your choices create your future not your circumstances. It starts by believing that you can and visualizing the things you want in life. Take the time to think about the light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, focus and list on your strengths and blessings. This is your positive starting point.
Determine what you want!
Famous speaker Earl Nightingale once said, “The problem isn’t in people achieving goals; they will do that. The problem is getting them to set goals in the first place.” Greater fulfillment and success begins with hope and builds momentum when you determine what you want out of life. Think in the short-term and long-term. Most importantly, dream a little, make a list and brainstorm all the things you might want in life. Think of all the places to go and people you might want to meet.
Next, you need to focus on the most important wants in two goal areas: Personal and Business. A goal needs to be specific. Consequently, just saying you want to make more money isn’t helpful. A penny is more money. “I want to make an extra $10,000 this year.” This is specific and to the point. How many goals should you set? That’s really up to you. For example, world renown explorer John Goddard set 120 goals when he was 10 years old and when he was in his 70″s he had accomplished over one hundred. Therefore, to begin, determine 3-5 goals in each area. Write the goals on paper or log it into your cellphone notes, and keep it with you to review regularly.
Finally, make and act on a plan!
Superstar salesperson Lee Klampe said, “A goal without an action plan is only a joke.” In other words, what are definitive steps you can take to achieve your goals? It may mean saving $250 a month for that family vacation for a personal goal. For example, it may mean talking to ten new customers a day for a business sales goal. Or, it may mean taking night classes so you can learn a new technology. Next, get into action day by day and review your results and plans at least monthly.
Wow! This is a sure fire-plan guaranteed to help you reach and exceed new heights in your business and personal life. However, to do any of these approaches you will have to change. Napoleon Hill wrote, “Service, sacrifice and self-control are three words which must be well understood by the person who succeeds in doing something that is of help to the world.” The best of success to you and may this year be your best year ever!
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