You are not alone! Many others have walked down this same road. There is good news - you can be successful in meeting your goals for this year. Here are five techniques, often overlooked by gurus, that can make goal-setting easier, more successful, and even fun.
Be Careful How You Word Your Goals
It is easy to get discouraged and think of want you don't want, or of what you want to eliminate. Your subconscious will give you what you ask for.
One example is you may have a goal to stop sleeping in and to get up earlier. Instead of saying, "I want to stop sleeping in!" Re-frame the goal to say, "I want to get up earlier in the morning."
Our subconscious is like a young child. We must tell it the behavior we DO want.
Create Mini Goals
These mini goals were traditionally called objectives. It is much easier break a goal down into smaller steps. Using the example of getting up earlier, start getting up a few minutes earlier and then work towards the big goal of 30 minutes.
Add Numbers to Your Goals
If your goal is to increase your customer base this year, how many do you want? If your subconscious does not know how many new customers you want then it becomes frustrated and cannot work for you.
Using the example of getting up earlier, the subconscious is unclear as to how long a few minutes are, so give it a specific number such as 15 minutes.
Give Your Goals a When to Do
Most all business owners are great at creating lists. The challenge is life interrupts and pushes important tasks aside. If you have a specific time for a specific task, then you can truthfully tell others who want something from you, that you have an appointment, knowing that task will be accomplished.
Keep Your Goals in Your Face
According to the experts, only 3% of the population write down their goals, and only 1% review them on a regular basis. This one percent is the most successful. Be innovative and figure out fun ways to keep your goals in front of you.
One man wanted to learn to sail so he spent weekends walking the marina, taking photos and pasting them all over his walls. He even had a sailboat model on his desk. This man attended all of the boat shows, and even took sailing lessons and was able to accomplished his goal of owning a sailboat.
He placed the boat with a charter company, and made a good income from it. This man was passionate about sailing and became skilled enough to help teach blind people how to sail.
Experiment with these five goal-setting techniques and look forward to a more successful year.
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