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While it's fun to dream about being rich, it takes courage and hard choices to decide exactly how much money you want and how you are going to earn it. Being "thin" is an image; losing 23 pounds by your birthday is a goal. In life, we probably can't have it all. You can lose 23 pounds, or you can have the cake and ice cream. Your choice. Be clear. 2. Commitment. There's a story from ancient Greece about a general who landed his troups on the beach, then burned his ships. He wanted each soldier to know there was no turning back, no retreat, no alternative to victory. Once your goal is clear, emotionally commit to achieving it. There are no alternatives. 3. Talk about it. This is called "accountability." Once you've defined your goal and committed yourself to achieve it, start talking about it! If you want to lose weight, don't blame your spouse for buying ice cream if he or she does't know and understand your goal! Talking about your goals makes them emotionally real and powerful. It allows people to help you reach your goal and support you along the way. Some people will also criticize or undermine you. Don't talk to them. 4. Write it down. This is basic, and one of the oldest, simplest and most powerful techniques for achieving any goal. Write it down! Describe precisely what you want, how you will earn it, when you will have it and the benefits you'll receive from achieving your goal. Write the details. Write the colors, the shapes and the dates. 5. Repeat it every day! Every morning, use a small card or a corner of your appointment book to record a short description of your goal where you will see it all day long. Don't carry the same card day after day! If your goal is worth anything, it's worth one minute of your time to write a simple sentence describing your dream and focusing on your priorities. Do this every morning. 6. Have a plan. Create a map for getting there. And put dates on it! A goal to retire at age 40 has no meaning without a savings and investment strategy. A goal to create your own business is just a fantasy without a plan to attract investors, find a location, hire staff and sell your goods or services. The beauty of a plan is that it shows you a path to your goal. 7. Take action every day! "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Any goal that is worthy of you is worth a few minutes of your time and some of your energy every single day. To write a novel, write a chapter this week. To open your own business, read a business magazine today. To create a more loving family, give someone a hug today. To be salesperson of the year, make a phone call right now! 8. Use constant affirmations. One of my clients is a PGA golfer. From the moment his ball lands on the green until he sinks the putt, he repeats over and over "I will make
right? it! [ 8 ] Using a big sheet of paper/dry erase/cha lk board write out the steps to need to take to completed…feels go [ 9 ] Do or do not. [ 12 ] Grab a partner. [ 7 ] Spread the word. set specific dates for when things will be accomplished. and re-commit. Let your fingers fly. If your values or your choices have changed. "I just hope I don't miss it"? Tell yourself what you want to hear! 9. if you try to do something you’re setting failure. or less. evaluate whether you are still 100% committed to them. there is no try…Yoda was right. your record of past successes will quickly get you back on track. [ 5 ] Blog about it and keep track of your progress online. and re-commit to achieving them. successful if he spent those moments thinking. What are the few things you need to get out of the way before you can might make get your goal started? possible. Every step toward your goal should be documented and celebrated! When you get discouraged or have doubts. but collaborating with someone to your goal. Each day without a cigarette deserves a smile and congratulations from your loved ones. fo r hand. change your goals accordingly. train of thought. [ 4 ] Tell a friend or family member and get some support and someone to remind you to keep working. [ 6 ] Write a contract with yourself. Celebrate each milestone! Never wait to have a party! Each deposit in your savings account deserves a checkmark on the calendar and a hug from your partner. Don’t re -read or edit until your brain is empty. [ 2 ] Make a vision board with pictures. [ 11 ] Tie up the loose ends. [ 3 ] Make a timeli ne for the length of your goal describing the steps you’ll take you get there. Not sure about this? Ask any marathon runner whether they count each mile on their run to the finish line! Celebrate each and every milepost on your path to victory! GETTING STARTED [ 1 ] Start writing. quotes and a list of steps to achieve your goal and put it next to your bed so you see it every morning when you wake up and every night before you fall asleep. Review.this putt!" He repeats that phrase as many as 200 times before every putt! Do you think he would be more. [ 10 ] Do your research – see who’s been there before you and what challenges they’ve . up give Then cross for advice them off as or they’re Just lend a good. Maybe you can’t do it all on your own. run to it with all your heart! 10. Talk to everyone you meet about your goal – you never know who might be able achieve yourself encountered. and be honest about it! And if your goal still fits. often. Never be afraid to review your goals.
[ 21 ] Be inspired by t hose who have gone before you. If you keep thinking about how you need to pay bills. possible. If you’re working on a novel. but will achieving your goal project. And don’t feel guilty ab out it. prize. a day on off and do but it or a on. If you’re feeling stuck. Take classes. It will help you keep track of your progress. a great way to get your brain moving and excited about . [ 28 ] Fantasize. goal. I use notepad on my iPhone to keep [ 27 ] Surround yourself with motivated. it still puts you one step closer. so when you go to spend money or do something big you can think twice about whether it will negatively a ffect your progress. be a good strategy portfolio. it! works. – total by giving you’re yourself working then hippie shit. (via Mandy) FINDING INSPIRATION [ [ 17 18 ] ] When the inspiration watch a comes. Find role models and mentors and pick [ 22 ] Do something fun related to your goal. If you want to be a photographer and are using an their old point and shoot brains it might be if time for an upgrade. [ 15 ] Set up a website for your project. take some time and write a poem or a short story. Pinterest is or a even brainstorm [ 25 ] A short email with a couple questions to an important person in your field could lead to helpful lists doing. a day. a great a rolls take tool a for class. mood/inspiration boards. a month – how ever long it takes for the inspiration to come back. [ 30 ] Lost your motivation or focus? Give yourself a break! An hour. Imagine what it will be like in a month. this. Maybe doing it for yourself is not enough. but without the pressure. or 10 years when you’ve achieved your goals. [ [ 23 24 ] ] Learn Create something new – follow a tutorial. need can grandpa a work or ton as professor of a proud Start of you? small. th rough. start [ 34 ] Get rid of distractions. even if it’s something small. (via Mae) [ 14 ] Keep it s imple. KEEPING THE MOTIVATION [ 29 ] Feeling overwhelmed? Tackle a few little tasks first and then move on to the bigger ones. seminar. productive people and be inspired by what they are [ 33 ] This one applies more to creatives: If you’re feeling stuck in the p rocess a blank page can wonders. you don’t have to have a giant money. That way you’re still working on yo ur craft. [ 20 ] Make an investment and upgrade your tools. It doesn’t have to be the perfect time. fold laundry [ 36 ] Exercise. a week. mentor. year. over. read drop everything you and can run about with your it. [ 31 ] Find others working toward the same goal and bounce ideas off each other or cheer each other [ do or [ 35 ] 32 ] Mark the Just run Use EFT mile scrap stones what errands. everything [ 19 ] Do someth ing every day. marketing will and make you your don’t and mom. information when [ 26 ] Keep an inspiration notebook with you at all times.[ 13 ] Make someone proud. [ 16 ] Keep something in your wallet to remind you of your goal.
Set a timer for 20 mins and work on one task. tomorrow [ 52 ] Feeling sluggish? Give your brain a boost – sit up straight & breathe deeply. a shopping trip. go for a run or [ 53 ] If you are spending hours a day working toward your vision. Twitter and chat windows. then lock your give door and get a to work. exercise. goal. in fish front and will not & of dark you Potbelly! chocolate. You are an adult. your nuts. Jimmy Johns and brisk instead politely end start and walk. [ 48 ] Don’t feel like w orking at all? Pick three things to get done. designing. shut down your email. break. [ 44 ] Break it down. You might not be working on the same thing. BEATING PROCRASTINATION [ 47 ] Stay focused – turn of the TV. quickly! (via Jen) another. If you don’t get a single thing on your to -do list done the world will not [ 56 ] Totally freak out. Run around the block. [ [ no stretching set faster more than instead it staring of again at trying that to and giant think work 100. When it goes off. Sometimes you just have to have an ugly cry and let it all out so you can [ 57 ] Talk it out – freaking out about how much you have left to do. eggplant. . bang out 500 words a day and you’ll get there [ 45 ] Some projects take time – when writing this list I came back every few days and added [ 46 ] Have a productivity night with friends. desk. two little. you are allowed to decline your ANYTHING project fresh [ 55 ] Don’t freak out. to [ 41 ] Break up your day – take actual time out for lunch. EVERYTHING. but you can still hang out and support each other while writing. one big. scenery. do jumping jacks. stand up and move. close Facebook. walk the dog. check yourself [ 49 ] To stop procrastination – literally stop whatever you are doing.work is to get your body moving. Do anything…unload the dish washer. them turn off off your and phone. All work and leads [ 42 ] For exercise goals – pick a show that you only watch while running on the treadmill or [ 43 ] The Pomodoro Technique . If you’re w riting a novel. [ 37 ] Try again tomorrow – I know if I’m starting to make garbage and nothing looks right it’s time for me to call it a night. No need to press on if you’re not coming up with anything good. Don’t stay in your pjs all day just because you can. food in blueberries. <3 Chipotle. get dressed and get to wor k. drawing. of eat whole grains. have a dance party all by yourself. sitting. take time aw ay to have meals cramming mouth while [ 54 ] Don’t say yes to things when inside you are saying no. [ 38 ] Get up early. TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF [ 50 ] Eat well…Taco Bell doth not propel thee forward (I know I love it too >_<) [ 51 ] Many restaurants have online ordering and deliver – utilize it. fail. distance.000 up 101 looming items on in in the one 39 40 ] ] I Take Try play swear time a they each change week of zap to motivation visualize how it work and will outside burn -out put feel instead to me achieve of very at to your your sleep. that deal that fell through. g rab a notebook and start writing. Plus you’ll have a bunch of people right there when y ou need an opinion or another pair of eyes or hands. computer.
the inspiration you just can’t grasp in the comfort of your workspace will not help. Name and contact info is all you need. STAYING ORGANIZED [ 70 ] Plan your da y. You never know who you will run into that might be able to help. etc…to [ 67 ] Hire help – if you do n’t know anything about accounting. your [ 81 ] Take stock of your day – what are you doing during your daily routine that is he lping you . When you’re waiting for the bus or bored at work use [ that to -do up list. spill your guts to someone. business plans. working toward that goal. working out. a healthy diet. What can you add? Who can you contact? GETTING PROFESSIONAL [ me down [ 66 63 ] Are you the labor.com/) [ 75 ] Use two different workspaces/computers for boring administrative tasks and creative [ 79 ] There are 24 usef ul hours in every day. weekly. Johns Wort. journaling. not venting). Busy people rarely turn intern take be things to Interviews. [ 58 ] Try yoga or meditation to conquer stress. organize. buy a new mattress or pillows. Make some changes so you are energized when you wake up.toggl. research. ] meetings make Clean and a days where monthly. to do this? No? helped a early few is Maybe me you should be! them. Hire a photographer for head shots instead of u sing your iPhone and an editor to look over your book even if you’re self publishing. deadlines. make you feel bad? ( http://www. so my mom would make explain free ] which help understand off be your on [ 65] Intern – offer your services to someone doing what you want to do. If you’re working on a long -term project take a week or a weekend to get away from work and unplug. but it will be a huge relief either way. meetings. hanging with friends. St. [ 73 ] Stack projects – working on one thing day after day is a sure fire way to get bored – having multiple things on your plate allows for change and productivity at the same time. they might not have the answers. Or getting solutions hire an paid to to her. so you know where what needs to be accomplished. headed. Other things to get you in a better frame of mind: exe rcise. As a kid I struggled with math. budgets and contracts than it’s worth it to hire someone who does so you don’t end up paying for it later [ 68 ] Look professional even if you aren’t (yet). You’ll come back refreshed. [ 59 ] Sleep for an extra hour. [ [ [ 78 ] Plan 76 ] Make 77 specific extra 80 days time ] for to daily. hour by hour. Get all those tasks out of your mind and organized on paper and you’ll feel much clearer about you’re [ 72 ] Don’t worry if everything doesn’t get finished – add it to your list for tomorrow. [ 74 ] Clock your hours: how much time ar e you in front of the TV or computer. [ 69 ] Order business cards. Which of those things make you feel good and which tasks. plate. [ 62 ] Stop the presses! Take an hour to reevaluate and figure out how to take your project to the next level. [ 61 ] Therapy…it works. meetings. [ 71 ] Write it down. talking to friends (I said talking. [ 60 ] Take a vacation. relaxed and ready to get back at it. time [ 64 ] Teach others to perfect your craft. If you’re not waking up rested you’ll start your day off slow. Get out. Set you never schedule or and yearly goals. workspace.
[ 92 ] Let it go. but also when you are overwhelmed. Dropbox for keeping finances [ 83 ] Is this a money -making venture? Plan your budget – where is the money coming from and [ 84 ] Pick one part of your daily routine and make it easier. The world will not end it you fail. you will have two backups to take care of your precious work. Agenda Calendar for scheduling. take down posters don’t complaining [ 96 ] Take responsibility when things go wrong. that You cannot make you change feel the happy. cutting you down and pissing you off. do not break down. buy an external hard drive which has a dual hard drive and keeps a mirror of your original archive. It will make you feel bad. past. or a taste your friends and [ 91 ] Keep distractions at bay – wear noise blocking headp hones w/out listening to music. taking it with you day after day will only block [ 94 ] Suck it up. but what are YOU doing to sustain the negative situation and what can YOU [ 98 ] You only do really fail if stil l to want to achieve change your goal and quit it? anyway. and use Time Machine to do regular backups of your computer. give yourself Need a proof permission reader change family to lend direction. let it go and keep moving forward. even if it was really bad. [ 97 ] Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just don’t do it. cut on cut! track. a hand. CELEBRATING SUCCESS hinder your goal achieving. go? [ 82 ] Download an app. Scatterbrain for notes. Others may be getting in yo ur way. care about what all those followers say. Only positive and cons tructive voices allowed. (via Mae) DEALING WITH ROADBLOCKS [ 88 ] Silence the detractors.toward sending where your video goal and and what pictures. So your report got sent back practically painted red. will is hindering Mint for your progress? your it Then cut. Carbonite will allow you to back up your computer and keep it in the cloud securely. do not quit. Take a breath (or a break if you need it). are in YOUR head. It will NEVER help. is stop all yours. [ 87 ] Back your shit up. You are on your own path and they are on there’s. use all those files on your computer? Use Space Gremlin to help identify files and folders on your comp uter that take up badly needed space. [ 95 ] Get rid of all the negative. more enjoyable and more efficient. Anything awaiting a response gets filed away. [ 99 ] DO NOT compare yourself to others who you see as being better or stronger or shooting toward their goal at lightning speed. Move on from your Debbie Downer friends. [ 89 ] If you get half way to your goal and you aren’t really enjoying the process anymore. In the case that one hard drive fails. [ 93 ] Stop with the excuses – if you want something bad enough there is a way around eve ry road . (via Mae) [ 86 ] Label emails and keep your inbox spotless. tester? Ask if give those voices up. let go but of the the futur e past. What they need to do and learn is not always the same for you even if you are striving for the same thing. If you screwed up. If you don’t want to pay for that. Do not freak out. [ 85 ] Clean out your d igital space – do you really read all those blogs. So figure out how to shut them down or ignore to them…especially stop. [ 90 ] Ask for help when you face a problem you can’t solve.
what didn’t and what you could have done differently. eat a giant ice cream sundae.[ 100 ] Once you have achieved your goal. go back and assess what worked. pop champagne. thank those who have helped and supported you and revel in what you’ve accomplished! . [ 101 ] Enjoy your success! Take yourself out to dinner.
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