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"10 Top Tips For Successful Goal Setting"

By Jackie Fletcher

"Goals. There's no telling what you can do
when you get inspired by them. There's no
telling what you can do when you believe
in them. And there's no telling what will
happen when you act upon them."
~ Jim Rohn

Would you like to achieve positive results in your life and
get what you really want? This tried and tested goal setting
strategy is an effective way to set and achieve your goals.
My Ten Top Tips are as follows:

1. Write them down. By writing down your goals you are
showing personal commitment and declaring your intention to
succeed, as well as helping to clarify your thinking.

2. Be specific. Write down goals that are specific,
measurable and positive. Focus clearly on what you desire,
not what you lack or want to get rid of from your life.

3. Have a time limit. Set a date by which you will have
achieved each of your goals. Otherwise, it's like starting
a football match without having agreed when the game is to

4. Think of the benefits. Think through all the benefits of
achieving your goals, and write them all down. This helps
you clarify why they are important to you, visualise and
feel what it will be like to achieve them, check how
committed you are to working on them 'and all this will
help energise and motivate you if the going gets tough.

5. Consider options and obstacles. How many ways can you
think of to achieve your goal? Evaluate the results and
consequences of each. What could stop you or cause a
problem? And what about subconscious obstacles? Complete
this sentence several times to find out more '"I want to
achieve (name your goal) but - - .'

6. Make a detailed plan. Having chosen your preferred way
forward, identify all the actions you'll need to take. This
breaks a seemingly big and daunting task down into
manageable steps, enables you to plan what to do, prepare
for problems, and reduces resistance to actually getting

7. Identify resources. What skills, knowledge, ability and
contacts do you already have? What additional resources will
you require? What changes do you need to make? Realistically
review and assess this when making your plan, and ask for
extra support as required.

8. Balance and fit. Check that all the areas of your life
in balance 'if not, will your various goals make this
happen? Will your goals support your long term plans and fit
your ambitions, are they worthy of you, do they reflect your
values? So while you are building that great career or
business, ensure that you are also looking after your
health, relationships, fun time, wealth and personal
development etc.

9. Take action! Make a start. Actually take the first step
you identified when you formed your plan of action.

10. Review and reward. Set some interim milestones as
part of
your initial strategy. This means you can check your
progress regularly and see that you are moving in the right
direction. And as part of this process acknowledge your
achievements along the way and reward yourself for
everything you accomplish. Celebrate!

Jackie Fletcher is a life satisfaction
coach and author of "Coaching Quotations:
Over 2000 witty, wise and wonderful
quotations your clients will love"

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