Its the new year and its the time when many are setting themselves up for disappointment in their New Year's resolutions. Why disappointment you might ask. Well, let's face it. When you have set a New Year's Resolution for yourself in the past have you fulfilled it? Most people do not. This is because they are not set properly and there is no action steps involved other than simply saying something like... "I want to lose weight" or "I want to earn more money" or "I want to spend more quality time with my family" or "I want to get out of debt" as those are the 'norm' for New Year's Resolutions. There is nothing behind them. they are vague with lack of action thus meaning most people won't achieve their New Year's Resolutions.
- Set Specific Goals - When setting your goals it is important for you to be as specific as possible. The more specific and measurable your goals the easier you'll be able to tell you've reached them.
- For instance... If you set a goal for yourself by saying you want to "increase the amount of money you make" then how will you know you've really accomplished your goal? You can increase your income with just one sale!
If, on the other hand, your goal is to "increase you income X amount per quarter and be earning X amount by year end", you have something you actually measure, track progress against, and use to push yourself to new levels of success.
No matter the goals you set for yourself this year just keep your focus and take action to accomplish them. To help you get off to a good start in setting goals I wanted to share with you this phenomenal book on goals that has helped more than 1 million people to achieve extraordinary things in life. Author Brian Tracy explains the seven key elements of goal setting and the 12 steps necessary to set and accomplish goals of any size.
Be patient and recognize that most changes occur slowly, over an extended period of time. If you don't get immediate results, don't be surprised and DON'T QUIT! With setting your goals and having the right attitude you will accomplish them and go onto to have an amazing 2010!