How to Set Successful Long Term Goals

Have you heard the pharse, that a goal without a deadline, is just a dream. And also – a goal not written down, is just a wish. So how do you go from wishing and hoping to actually setting meaningful and obtainable goals?

In life reaching goals is a marker of success.  There can be a big difference between dreaming and actually becoming successful. I love to daydream, but I have to do more than just dream to make my dreams a reality.  Of course, lets face it, not all dreams should come true. Garth Brooks, had a wonderful song many years ago about thanking God for not answering all of his prayers.  Here’s a link to the video on YouTube. Read More →

Are You Letting Self Doubt Keep You From Reaching Your Goals?

What is Self Doubt?

Self-Doubt is your lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities. Self doubt can keep you from doing the things you want to do and it can keep you from reaching the goals you’ve set for yourself. In fact, it can be quite paralyzing, keeping you from moving forward towards the life and business you have been dreaming of.

Let’s face it – no one wants to be stuck in a life that is not fulfilling.

So how can you get past your self doubt?

The key to banishing those doubtful feelings and the little voice in your head that tells you that it can’t be done is confidence. And the best way to build up your confidence is to take action.  As long as you are taking actions that move your closer to your goal, you will be able to reach your goal.

I love to cross stitch, and I tend to pick out big projects that take a long time – I’m talking more than 1 year long projects.  Often times when I’m working on a large project, I feel like it will never be done – so I take a break.  I find a small project that can be finished quickly – a few hours up to about 1 week – and then I have a finished project.  It builds my belief that I will actually finish the bigger project.

What can you do to build your confidence and move you closer to your goal?

Another way to build confidence is to look at what you have already accomplished.  We often don’t give ourselves enough credit for all that we have done and just beat ourselves up for what remains to be accomplished.

This can help you overcome fear about taking the next step also.  Seeing everything you’ve already done may give you just the boost of self-confidence you need to keep your self doubt at bay.

Are you working with a coach or mentor?

Finding an advisor or mentor can also be amazingly helpful. I became a coach because I was so helped by my first coach Rachel – we are still friends.   Having someone there to hold your hand or just to cheer you on can help you make sure that you are moving towards your goals.  If I can be of any help to you please comment below, or reach out to me privately by using the contact form here.

Give yourself a break

Break down your big goal into smaller tasks. It doesn’t take nearly as much confidence to tackle a small task as it does to attack that big goal.  And each time you complete a small task you are building your confidence.  Little by little you’ll make progress and eventually reach your goal.

If overwhelm is an issue for you, this is a great strategy.

The main thing is to acknowledge the feelings of self-doubt, but don’t let them take control over your life. Yes, it’s normal to doubt yourself. It happens to all of us. Just do what it takes to get you moving and working towards your goals despite your self doubt.

You’re capable of so much more than you think you are. You just need to prove it to yourself.

 To help you get started on your goal planning download this free Goals Journal to help you figure out what you want and to develop a plan to reach those goals.  Get started today, click here to download.

7 Tips to Help You Set and Achieve Your Goals

How to Develop a Goal Achiveing Mindset 

Developing a Goal Achieving Mindset

There are very many ways that one can create an goal acheiving mindset, trial and error will help you find what works best for you.

The truth is success is in the mind – your thoughts have power.  Your idea of success may not be the same as mine – we may have different goals.  This is why it is so important to make sure that your mindset is open to the work required to meet the goals your are setting.

It is not what happens that controls you but the way you react to those happenings.

To reach a goal, you will have to make changes, you will have to challenge yourself.  As you work closer to your goals, you will encounter obstacles, having the proper mindset, will help you navigate these rough waters.

Successful people understand the value of failure, and to be a success you will want to learn how to view your failures or mis-steps in an objective manner to be able to learn from them.  This shift in thinking is what allows most successful people to flourish. People like Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs, to drop a few names.  They learned even when they failed, this mindset allowed them to reach pinnacles of success that most people never even dream of – you can do the same with your goals even if they are not as big as these mega celebrities.

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Write Down Your Goals to Boost Your Chance of Success

Write Down Your Goals to be Successful

Setting goals is an important part of life. Goals allow us to measure our successes and achievements, and also allows us to see when we have veered off our path and need to make corrrections.  Knowing your goals defines what you want to achieve and why it’s important to you. While not all goals are equal they do all deserve the best chance of achievement.

In life we all have dreams, ambitions we want to achieve. However, it is entirely in your power whether they remain dreams or whether you will actually set out to make them a reality. If you think of a dream, then it is more like a hope; a wish not yet fulfilled. Perhaps your ambition is to make one million dollars in sales per year. That’s great but just having that dream won’t actually help you achieve it.

Write It Down

Writing your dream down can help increase the chance of it becoming a reality. The very act of committing it to paper makes it more real and concrete. You can see it.

However, there is more to making your dreams turn into reality than merely writing it down. You actually need to flesh it out. You need to give it substance and to ultimately it will become a goal. By turning your dream into a goal you are further increasing your committment to its ultimate achievement.

Your goal is the end-point. It is what you want to achieve and how you will know you have been successful. The key to success is to writing down the steps you will take to get there.

How you will turn that goal into a reality?

It is important to know why that goal is one you want to achieve. So you need to write down what achieving it will look and feel like to you. How will your life change? By making your visualization of your success as descriptive as possible and by writing it in the present tense as if you are living it now, you create a connection with your sub-conscious mind.  This is key – write in the present tense, as if your goal has already been achieved.

Additionally, writing is a right-brained activity. It is part of your logical and analytical mind. However, the very act of writing keeps the right-brain occupied and allows the more creative left-brain to be accessed. This will let you begin to create and visualize the future you want.  Pretty cool how our brain helps us out.

Setting that vision down on paper is a record that you can refer to again and again. It will remind you why you want to achieve the goal you have set and how you will know you have achieved it.

Step by Step

Adding the steps to achieving the goal provides you with a to do list. You can tick off each step as you complete it and see your progress. This can be very motivating especially if you find yourself struggling. Acknowledging how much you’ve achieved can strengthen your resolve and provide motivation to continue.

Alternatively, by having a written record of your goal and the steps needed to achieve it you will be able to see if your mind has changed. Often you’ll find that your actual goal changes. Where you started as wanting to reach one million dollars in sales you may find that you actually want to do is sell off portions of your business and work less – because you realize your goal is to be relaxing at the beach, not just growing your income or maybe even something totally different!

Goal setting is not something that is written in stone. Your written goal, visualization and plan will not only be a record and guide but a working document that can be changed as your vision of your future changes. Having it written down enables you to track your progress and any changes. You can evaluate as you progress and by ticking your achievements off as you go you’ll be able to celebrate your progress along the way.

For the last few years, I have used planners from a business coach and artist named Leonie Dawson.  She is based in Australia, and each year she creates these amazing planners that help you to reflect on the previous year to help you plan for the upcoming year.  This year the planners are available on Amazon.

Truly these planners work, I believe that I was able to buy my house from using the Life Planner. And last year when I was filling out the section on who I would like to work with, my pen seemed to have a mind of its own and it has been the best decision I could have made for my business.  My email list has tripled in the last year and I have been more consistent about actually getting my content published rather than just gathering dust on my hard drive.

Use the Life Planner or the Business Planner or Both to help you effectively write down and achieve your goals.

Prioritize Your Goals to Get and Stay Organized

Getting Organized Requires You to Prioritize Your Goals

Everyone has dreams but in order to succeed you want to make sure the dreams you are chasing are really your goals and not your parents goals, your spouse’s goals or even society’s goals.  This way when you need to really dig in and really hustle, you will be more likely to find the drive to keep moving forward.  Let’s face it if you decide to hustle, you should hustle right. Right? Read More →

How to Effectively Write Down Your Goals So That You Achieve Them

In our professional and personal lives, we are constantly working toward goals, trying to motivate ourselves and direct our behavior in a more positive direction. Perhaps your goal is to complete a certain amount of work in x-time, perhaps it is to increase profits by so much, or maybe it’s to get into great shape and lose fat.  But did you know that if you don’t write down your goals they are not as effective in spurring you into meaningful action.

Goals are a big part of our lives for most of us. Only problem is, a lot of us don’t know the best way to write these goals if we want to actually achieve them and this creates problems.  Writing down your goals in a meaningful way makes all the difference in your ability to achieve them.

The Problem With Most Goals

The goal of ‘losing weight’ or even ‘losing X pounds’ is one that you’ll see commonly and that is similar to the goal of ‘growing profits’ in business. Either way, this is an example of an abstract goal that has no structure and that has very little chance of coming to fruition.

The problem with goals like this is that they are a) vague and b) largely out of your control.

If your goal is to increase profits or get into shape by next year, what does this involve doing on a daily basis? It’s all too easy to not be productive towards that goal daily because you probably think you can worry about it later – or because you don’t even know how to go about achieving it.
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Goal Setting and Goal Achievement

Its that time of year when we start to talk about goal setting and goal achievement, which quite truthfully may be the most overdone topic in the world. I’m sure we have all done a goal setting exercise at some point, whether it was in high school or in college or university or even at your first job.

I realize that we’ve all done it, but the truth of the matter is very few people have goals written down.  Therin lies the problem

And this tells me that very few people actually know what they want.

Why do so few people know what they want?  I have a theory – it’s because we’ve been programmed from a pretty early age, to not think about what we want. Instead, we’re told what we should be doing and what we shouldn’t be doing and you should follow this path to be successful.  You should do this to make sure that you have enough money when you grow up to do whatever it is you need to do. Should, should, should.
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What is Momentum and How Can It Work to Get You Organized?

If you are looking to get organized this coming year, start now, and use the power of momentum propel you into the new year, more organized and more successful.

The scientific theory of momentum can work in your own life to help you reach goals. The same facts which can lift a jet plane off the ground can lift you out of a stagnant life and put you in a world where positive things happen and you reach the success you desire.

Have you read Mel Robbins book: The Five Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage?

The scientific theory of momentum is Mass x Velocity = Momentum. You’ve probably seen trucks barreling down the highway at rapid speeds – and the results of hitting a slick spot in the road. The faster the truck is speeding, the more difficult it is to slow it down. Read More →

How a Newsletter Can Help You Get In the Content Creation Habit

One way to develop a good content creation habit is to create a newsletter.  Newsletters can be published daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, whatever time frame you choose.  You just want to make sure that you can provide the promised content at the promised interval that you decide on.  

When deciding on the interval of time for your newsletter, make sure it works for you and your readers.  I also want to strongly caution you from choosing to only send a monthly newsletter.  Most people get email for lots of folks everyday, so if you only contact people once a month right from the start, they are likely to forget who you are by the time you send out your second newsletter. Read More →