What Are You Going To Achieve In 2010?

For a lot of people this is the first workday of the new year and decade.  As the new year starts a good question to ask is where do I wan to be at the end of the year?  Steven Covey in his 7 habits of highly effective people says begin with the end in mind.  Having the ability to get what you want starts with knowing what you want.  Winning the sales game and developing winning posture also begins with goal setting.  So then, as the new year begins, take the time to develop a clear picture of what you want to achieve this year. 2010goals

Setting goals is not something that comes naturally for a lot of people.  It is a skill that has to be developed.  Setting goals requires that you first decide what you want and express it in a statement that is specific and measurable.

Goal setting should not only encompass your professional life, but also your personal life too.  Set goals for your family, social, physical, mental, and spiritual areas of your life.  You’ll find that setting goals in all of the areas of life that are important to you will give you a new outlook and purpose for being.

Once you have decided the areas where you want to set goals, then decide what you want to do, have, or be in those areas.  For example, if you are setting your sales goals, you could have a gross sales volume, number of new accounts sold, or commissions goal.  Whatever is important for you to measure set a goal around it.  Give some serious thought to the goal.  Make sure it is a goal that is important to you and that you want to achieve it.

Be sure to write your goals down.  This is important so that you don’t forget or get confused about what you want to accomplish.  Once you have written them down, put them in a place or several places where you can see them each day.  Keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind leads you to do activities that will take you closer to your goals.

Goal setting is beneficial in so many ways.  You probably have heard this before.  The big question is will you take action?  Taking action is what really makes the difference.  If you keep putting off setting your goals you will find another month has gone by and nothing has happened.  Successful people set goals and take action on the goals they set.  Get started now to achieving what you want in 2010 by writing your goals down.  Do it today!  After all 1% of the year has already gone by!

Success Starts With Goal Setting

It is a proven fact that most people spend more time planning their two week vacation then they do planning their life. One of the reasons people spend so much time planning their vacation is they know it’s a fixed period time that has a start and end date and they want to make the most of every minute.

Often overlooked is the fact that life has a start and end date too. Why not approach life the same way as a vacation? To make the most of life, you have to plan. Very few things happen by happenstance. Success starts with knowing what you want to achieve, have, be, and do.

People are happiest when they are in pursuit of something. Having and setting goals paints a clear picture of what you want to go after. Even though human beings are happiest when they are seeking a goal, human beings are not as hot wired to set goals. To be a goal setter you first have to learn how to set goals and then develop the habit of setting goals.

You may have heard that goals need to be SMART.

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Relevant
Time bound

In order for a goal to be a goal, it has to meet the SMART criteria. It seems simple enough, but you have to really decide what you want in order for a goal to meet the above criteria. The really hard part (if there us a hard part) is deciding what you want to achieve. It’s easy to think in nebulous terms and flowery abstract dreams, concepts, and ideas. When you have to get specific and nail it down, this can be quite challenging.

Most people go through life never living up to their full potential. At the core of this under achievement is failure to first decide what they want and secondly to take action. This is sad, but it happens to a lot of people and a lot of talented people.

If you don’t have goals for the important areas of your life, start setting some right now. You can have goals for your career, family, personal achievement, and any area of your life that is important to you.

Make the most of your time here. Start planning what you want to achieve.