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The end of the year is time for new beginnings. December is a trail blazing month, with national awareness subjects of “Write a Business Plan Month”, “Make Up Your Mind Day”, and “Wrights Brothers Day” celebrating the first flight, along with the looming “New Years Resolution”, it is the ideal month to set goals!
The Golden Rules:
1. Set Goals That Motivate You
Make sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Have an “I must do this” attitude.
2. Set SMART Goals
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time Bound.
3. Set Goals in Writing
The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. Frame your goal statement positively. Post your goals in visible places to remind yourself every day of what it is you intend to do. Put them on your walls, desk, computer monitor, bathroom mirror or refrigerator as a constant reminder.
4. Make an Action Plan
You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.
Outcome: The ideal result, hopeful conclusion, best end for your goal.
Process: The skills you need, the method required to get you there.
5. Stick With It!
Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why, your odds of success are considerably reduced.