TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
The Keys To Success!
The Top 10 Steps to Set
and Achieve Your Goals - Every Time!
It’s been said that everyone
has goals, whether we know it or not. We have goals to keep our current job, or to get a different one. We have goals to save for the
future, or to travel, take a vacation, or purchase the things we need and
want to make our lives more enjoyable. An important distinction, however, is that top achievers are very
intentional and focused on their goals, while many of the rest of us are
know that the wording, structure, timing and format of a goal can make
it’s achievement much easier – or far more difficult. Top achievers understand the basic
skills for setting and reaching their goals, every time! They know how to design goals that
create success. Here are the
10 most important steps to set and achieve your goals:
1. Reachable goals are SPECIFIC. Top achievers know that to reach
their goals, the brain must know exactly, precisely, what they are trying
to accomplish. Never word a
goal with vague terms like “some” or “a little bit”, or “more”. Be specific! If you want to lose 8 pounds and reach a weight of 175,
specify those exact numbers. If
you want to save $200 this month, be exact. Your brain can help you accomplish almost anything if it knows
precisely what you are aiming for.
2. Reachable goals are SIMPLE. Many people describe their goals in
complex terms of retiring on the beach in Hawaii, with nice cars and lots
of money, and…. Their list
goes on and on. Any ONE of
those things is a great goal, but the combination becomes over whelming and
the brain gets confused. If
you want to retire in Hawaii, just say so! If you want to increase your sales by 10% this month, say so! Keep your goals simple, clear, and
3. Reachable goals are SIGNIFICANT. No one can muster the enthusiasm,
hard work and courage to reach a goal they don’t really care about. A reachable goal is one you really,
really, REALLY want! It’s
something that will change your life, enhance your health or wealth, and
make you proud. It gets your
juices flowing, gets you up in the morning, and keeps you going all day
long, because it is important! Set
goals that are worth achieving!
4. Reachable goals are STRATEGIC. High achievers know that the best
goals accomplish many great outcomes, all at one time. Running a 10K race will almost
certainly: 1) feel great! 2) help you lose weight. 3) lower your cholesterol level 4) strengthen your heart 5) lower you risk of heart disease 6)
increase your energy and stamina, and 7) improve your outlook. Design your goals to strategically impact as many areas
of your life as possible. You’ll
have more reasons to reach your goal and more excitement when you do!
5. Reachable goals are MEASURABLE. A goal without a measurable outcome
is just a pipe-dream. You
can’t achieve a pound of “happiness” or 6 inches of
“self-esteem”, but you CAN get a new job. You CAN run a mile in under 7
minutes, or do 100 sit-ups. Someone
has wisely observed that, “What gets measured, gets done.”
Define your goals in terms of
height, weight, dollars, inches, or hours. Then measure your progress until you achieve your desired outcome.
6. Reachable goals are RATIONAL. To reach your goal, you will need a
plan, a path, and a vehicle for getting there. Your goals must make sense! When you explain them to friends
and family, your goals should create excitement, draw support, and
encouragement. Your goals
should be just out of reach, but not out of sight! You want to stretch to be your
best, not strain after impossible dreams. Set goals you CAN and WILL achieve!
7. Reachable goals are TANGIBLE. Choose goals that you can see,
hear, smell or touch. Go for
things you will enjoy and that you can clearly visualize. The brain has hard time going for “financial security”, but it can
visualize a bank statement with nice, large numbers on it! Define your goals in terms that
excite the senses, then go for it with all your heart!
8. Reachable goals are WRITTEN. High achievers always know
precisely what they want, because they’ve written it down. Often, they write a short
description of their goals every single morning, as a personal reminder of
their priorities and their objectives. The act of writing your goals down vastly increases your chance of
success. Write it down! Then, keep your notes where you can see and read them
9. Reachable goals are SHARED. We are far more likely to stick to
our plan and reach our goals if we know our friends and family support us. Being part of a team increases our
determination, our stamina, and our courage.
Caution: Never share
your goals with anyone who may ridicule, tease or discourage you! The world is full of doubters and
you have no time for them. But,
find a support team, a group of cheerleaders, and a coach who will
encourage you every step of the way. High
achievers count on and work with other winners!
Phil, Mary, and the Staff at
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