- Business and Employment
How to SET and ACHIEVE Goals
Where is your New Year's Resolution today? Achieve set Goals and See Results
You always have goals, but do you really know how to set or phrase them so they become results?
Find out why we want to change things, why every year we set goals, how to develop a New Year's Resolution, or why some of the goals do not get accomplished.
Most importantly, how to Make and Keep your goals, how to achieve Best Results, and here are your best Goal Setting Tips.
Are you a HUNTER or BUILDER?
Are you a Customer HUNTER or Business BUILDER?
Are you constantly looking=hunting for clients? are you finding one customer, then another one and never stop looking? OR are you building your business the way that clients are looking for you and coming to you because of the way you built it?
FOCUS on building rather then hunting! you will be hunting forever if the business is not built the right way. You need to have GOOD foundation before you can attract clients, otherwise tomorrow.. there might be no clients.
Contact me if you need to know HOW to switch to BUILDING.
Why did you NOT Accomplish some Goals?
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- Do you usually accomplish all the goals you set?
- If not, do you know why you do not achieve some of the goals?
Let's look at the other side of the coin, i.e. why you do not always achieve the results you want. Whether it is to lose 20 pounds, learn Spanish, better manage time, get married, or earn more money, find love, buy a new car, change jobs, find a job.. you name it, you set the goals and sometimes forget about them.
Do you know why?
This may happen because you:
- are no longer interested in pursuing certain goal;
- simply forget about what you wanted to achieve if you never wrote it down;
- do not evaluate your progress and reassess "where" you are from time to time;
- do not know how to set good realistic goals;
- do not do this for yourself, but maybe because you feel obligated to achieve what people around you want, etc.
>> Can you think of anything else? If so, please share, make a comment below or email me.
Now, ask yourself this:
- How often do I accomplish goals that I set?
- How many years in the last 10 have I accomplished at least 50% of the goals I set?
- What were the reasons that some of the goals were not reached?
If you ever thought of any of this before, this means that you care about yourself and your promises, and you get upset when at the end of the year you do not see the results of your last year's New Year resolution. But don't be disappointed with yourself as this happens to everyone and I mean - everyone- not some, not most of us, but everyone. At some point of our lives we do not achieve what we want. This is called LIFE.
New Year, New Goals, New Life
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The New Year is coming and you, like most of us probably started thinking about the upcoming year, new goals, ideas, and new beginnings. I'm sure, you also reflect on what was accomplished this past year or whether it was a good year. Some of us would compare the notes to see if the goals set last year were accomplished, while others would not even remember the goals they set.
The fact is that the same pattern occurs every year. When the New Year is approaching, we all want to start some things over, be nicer and kinder, accomplish more, start something new, find someone new, or simply be better off. However, many of us realize that we did not accomplish everything we wanted during the year. Then we set some new goals or reframe the old ones, and promise ourselves that the upcoming year will be different and that we will achieve better results.
Why does the goal setting cycle repeat around the same time every year?
Research shows that the end of November and beginning of December of each year is the time when people start thinking about the upcoming year - about the future. For some strange reason many of us would not set any big goals in the middle of the year or some other time of the year. Our human nature tells us that the New Year is the best time for new beginnings. This is the time when we can start over, improve on things, set new goals, accomplish new things, etc. The New Year is like a new blank page - when we close an old book and start a new story - new life.
Goal Setting Tips
Have SMART Goals
1. Set Specific Goals
Be specific about want you achieve. Do not set generic goals like "I want to be rich". Correct me if I'm wrong, but we all want to be rich. However, everyone's interpretation of what "being rich" means can be different. To some of us this might mean monetary wealth while to others "being rich" may not be even associated with material things. Specify what you want to achieve; break your goal down into several sentences, if needed.
Keep it simple and clear. Pretend that you write a goal, and the next time you read it is in a year. Would you understand now what you meant a year ago? When writing a goal, make sure you're clear about what you want. Even if another person reads your goal, he/she needs to understand your goal and what exactly you want to accomplish. Phrase it in such a way that when at any point of time you look at it, you know exactly where you're "going" - what you want to accomplish.
2. Set Measurable Goals
Set the goals that you can actually measure and evaluate. The purpose of the goal setting process is to make sure that at the end you achieve it. How will you know if you achieved a goal if you never do not measure your success = goal accomplishment?
So make sure you state specifically what and when you want to accomplish and how you are going to measure your progress. If you cannot measure your goal, i.e. see the measurable result at the end, you will not be able to manage the execution.
Set the criteria to measure your progress. If you want to stay on track and see your progress, you need to know how you will evaluate the advancement towards the goal. Set the milestones by breaking down the goal into smaller steps with a built in timeline (i.e. date to accomplish the milestone). Once you get through the milestones, you will be able to see if and how you are moving forward. This will help you to clearly see the progress and results, stay on track, and motivate yourself to move forward.
3. Set Achievable/ Attainable Goals
Did you know that you can achieve almost any goal you set? It is all about developing yourself towards the goals you want to attain; gaining knowledge, developing skills, abilities, finances, etc. It is like going to school for your Master's degree. First, you need to get your Bachelor's degree, i.e., decide on your major, take classes, pay for classes, graduate, and only then take an exam, pass it and move towards the next Master's degree.
You will identify goals and prioritize them based on how important they are to you and your situation, current skills, abilities, finances, etc. You need to determine what you can and cannot achieve at the given time or for the determined time frame and be realistic about it. You know you cannot fly a Boeing without a pilot license and experience. So first, you'd need to set more attainable goals like getting finances, going to school and getting a license.
4. Set Realistic Goals
Of course, you may set any goals you want, but do not expect to accomplish things like losing 30 pounds in 2 weeks, flying to the moon, or earning 5 million dollars in a month. For some this may be achievable, but for the rest of us - common people - it is fairly unlikely to accomplish such goals right now and without proper planning. Do not set yourself for failure, set goals that you think you can accomplish.
If you want to challenge yourself, my suggestion is to give yourself less time to reach the goal or to set a slightly higher standard. For example, you want to start a new business. Your original plan was to get it off the ground in one year and have 10 clients by the end of year one. If you want challenge yourself, you may want to give yourself less than 1 year to achieve this and set a goal not for 10, but maybe 15 clients. Don't forget, however, that with this "challenge" you'll need to invest more time in developing business and/or more money to progress faster.
Be realistic about your capabilities and abilities. Weigh all the options and possibilities of what you can and cannot do, what you can or cannot control (most of us tend to think that we can control things when, in reality, we cannot), and how much time something can really take.
5. Set Timely / Time based Goals
Time frame is necessary when setting goals. This gives you a deadline and idea of when you need to see the results and finish a project = achieve your goal. If a goal has no date or time frame, you do not know when it needs to be accomplished. Therefore, there is no commitment, you will not hold yourself accountable nor you can develop a plan on how you are going to get where you want to be.
If you say "I want to go Paris." This is just some idea that you might like to visit Paris someday, but it is not a goal that you set for yourself and work towards achieving it. A goal would sound like "I will visit Paris in August of 2010." A goal with a time frame will enable you to set your mind into motion and give you an urgency to start working on achieving a goal.
Time is also very important when you prioritize your goals. When you write all your goals, prioritize them and separate them into short term (what you want to accomplish next week, next month or next 90 days) and long term goals (what you want to accomplish next year, next 5 years). This will give you an idea of which goals are more important or urgent, which ones need more time to work on, etc.
Note, when setting time, make sure it is reasonable and realistic. A target date should help you accomplish what you want, not to overstretch or bring unnecessary stress into your life.
Suggested list of Personal Development Books
Business management, time management, leadership
• Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
• Time Management from the Inside Out, second edition: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule--and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern
• Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
• The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore
• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
• Goals! How to Get Everything You Want--Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy
• The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
• Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
• Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by Arbinger Institute
• The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
• First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman
• Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins
• First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill
Self Development Books
Self improvement, personal transformation, decision making, problem solving
• Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions that Will Help You See It and Seize It by John C. Maxwell
• The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. by Timothy Ferriss
• Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Anthony Robbins
• Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Anthony Robbins
• Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton
• The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
• Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
• What to Say When you Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
• The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer
Wealth, investing, financial planning, inspiration, motivation
•The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
•Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter (Contributor)
•The Richest Man in Babylon OR The Richest Man in Babylon: Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by George S. Clason
•The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
•The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
•Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
•Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
Marketing, advertising, sales
Marketing, advertising, sales
• Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs by Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah
• The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries, Laura Ries
• The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
• Permission Marketing : Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers by Seth Godin
• Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
• The Greatest Salesman in the World: Gift Edition by Og Mandino
• Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk by Matt Beaumont
• The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly by David Meerman Scott
• Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness by Jeffrey Gitomer
Influence, negotiation, communication, behavior
• How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
• Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials) by Robert B. Cialdini
• Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson
• Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton (Editor)
• Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMilla, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
Business Startup and Growth Strategies
- Startup & Growth
How to start and begin growing your business.