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Setting Goals

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2010 by jamesxavis

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” – James Cash Penney

There are two ways to get what you want out of life: You can either wait for good things to come your way or you can get out there and start making them happen for yourself. The first way is easier. The second way is quicker and more effective. I’m here to tell you that the simple act of writing down your goals will greatly increase your odds of getting what you want. All it takes is a pencil and a piece of paper. Take a moment now to write down 10 goals for yourself. If the idea of setting goals is too intimidating, or if you find that you’re limiting yourself, just write down 10 things you want. Anything you want, write it down, and getting those things will become your goal.

Remember to be specific. Make your goals measurable. Jack Canfield, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and author of The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, says that the two questions you want to ask yourself when setting a goal are “How much?” and “By when?” Instead of saying “I want to be rich,” say “I want to have $1,000,000 in the bank by midnight on January 1, 2020.” If you want more money, decide exactly how much you would like to make. If you want to improve your relationships, decide exactly how you would like them to be. If you want to lose weight, decide exactly how much you would like to weigh. Take a look at your 10 goals. Could they be more specific? Could they be more measurable? If so, make the necessary changes and then you’ll be ready to start taking steps towards accomplishing them. Life is a series of choices. Make a choice today to make goal-setting a part of your routine. Once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.