Setting goals -- Your ticket to success

Written by Michele Pariza Wacek

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So two years ago, I started a regular practice of writing down my goals and plan (much likerepparttar above). I do it twice a year, and you wouldn't believerepparttar 137871 difference. Sure, my plans are far bigger than what I actually accomplish, and I've also found myself modifying and changing my action steps (the goals remain pretty constant, but how I attain those goals does change).

Best yet, I'm now seeing results. I'm accomplishing my goals.

Takerepparttar 137872 time to go through this process. The rewards are worth it.

Creativity Exercise -- Goal setting and creativity

If every year you find yourself setting goals and never making ANY strides toward reaching them, perhaps it's time to ask yourself why. Could it be they aren't YOUR goals but someone else's goals for you?

I don't care whatrepparttar 137873 goal is -- stopping smoking, losing weight, starting an online business, writing that novel -- there's a reason it keeps climbing up, then falling offrepparttar 137874 goal list. And until you figure out WHY that goal is stuck inrepparttar 137875 never-never land of goal setting, you'll never actually pull it into reality.

Is it because you don't know where to start? Or isrepparttar 137876 project so big you're afraid to start? Or you're stuck somewhere inrepparttar 137877 middle and donít know what to do next?

Or is it because you really don't want to do it?

Okay, I'm probably dredging up all sorts of demons now, but truly, those demons need to be exorcised or they're constantly going to be standing between you and your goal.

What I suggest is to take some quiet time and do a little soul searching. Journaling and meditation are both excellent ways of opening up a dialogue between you and your muse. Your muse is an excellent resource for you. If you ask, it will tell you which goals really matter and really don't matter to you.

And, if it turns out that goal is something you don't want to do? Then stop putting it on your goal list. I mean it. Quit making yourself feel like a failure by constantly sticking it on that list.

What ifrepparttar 137878 goal is something like quitting smoking? Something you know you have to do because it's hurting your health? Try this instead. Rather than making it your goal to quit smoking, make it your goal to figure out why you don't want to quit. And what you can do to help yourself become committed to quitting.

Whatever you do, don't make turn this exercise into a license to beat yourself up. Be nice to yourself. You're doing this to help, not hurt, yourself.

Michele Pariza Wacek is the author of "Got Ideas? Unleash Your Creativity and Make More Money." She offers two free e-zines that help subscribers combine their creativity with hard-hitting marketing and copywriting principles to become more successful at attracting new clients, selling products and services and boosting business. She can be reached at Copyright 2005 Michele Pariza Wacek

Know Yourself (Self-improvement)

Written by Joi Sigers

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2. What are my weaknesses? 3. Where AM I right now in my life? 4. Where would I LIKE to be? 5. How can I userepparttar answers for question #1 to propel me from #3 to #4? 6. How willrepparttar 137841 weaknesses from #2 delayrepparttar 137842 trip? Is there a chance they could cancelrepparttar 137843 voyage alltogether?? Weaknesses wreak havoc with good intentions and well-laid-out plans. Fortunately, they don't have to win. Weaknesses are strengths waiting to happen; you just have to "work them out".

If you giverepparttar 137844 above 6 a bit of thought and consideration, you'll have a better understanding ofrepparttar 137845 person atrepparttar 137846 helms of your life. You'll know where it is you want to be and what it will take to get there. You'll soon be on your way, using your strengths to muscle around any weaknesses and obstacles in your way.

Phone success and let it know when to expect you!

This article can be found at The Mental Fitness Center, along with other motivational articles and information on self improvement, stress, shyness, relaxation, depression, and more.

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