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6. Develop a network of people to help you achieve your goals (and you can help them achieve their goals atrepparttar same time). First, you must be aware of them. It's a "win-win" situation. Be enthusiastic at all times, because enthusiasm is catching.

7. Take ACTION, that first step...thenrepparttar 102110 next will follow naturally ...and far more easily. Nothing can stop you now. "Roll uprepparttar 102111 sleeves" and get down to work. I believerepparttar 102112 first prerequisite for success is loving what you do. I love writing, although it's very lonely (and probablyrepparttar 102113 world's most solitary occupation). Always remember, life is not a 100 metres sprint - it's a marathon. So rest when you feel you need to and don't feel guilty about it (something I have to learn!). Have fun alongrepparttar 102114 journey. Perservere and persist in your quest.

Take responsibility for your own abundance and your learning throughoutrepparttar 102115 'game of life'. Appreciate your abundance daily and give thanks torepparttar 102116 Universe for what you do have.

Have faith in yourself - believe deeply in yourself, but even more deeply in a Power far Greater than yourself... who loves you and wants what's best for you. The spiritual journey may take far longer than you thought, so be patient.


Always remember,

The measure of success is not money, but learning and growth.

Measure success in learning and growth - nothing else is important. Work is a place each of us creates in order to grow. It isrepparttar 102117 laboratory for experimenting with our potential

10. When working for yourself, this is a time of unprecedented change in your life. Work allows you to put into place skills and knowledge acquired through education. It is a time to experiment with our potential andrepparttar 102118 various demands made upon us. Initially we learn to work in teams, working towards a common objective. Then gradually in our working careers we learn to take on more and more responsibility.

Believe you deserve to be abundant - though not more than others. It's a matter of finding a balance between your ambitions and your responsibilities. Be accountable and socially responsible.

You can't force people to change. Listen to your intuition, truth and love. That isrepparttar 102119 "voice" ofrepparttar 102120 Higher Power, God speaking to you.

Wherever you are, what better time to start than NOW!

Craig Lock

* Craig Lock isrepparttar 102121 author of numerous books and articles on money management and life assurance, as well as how to makerepparttar 102122 most of your life. He lives in beautiful and tranquil New Zealand), where he has thetime, space and peace of mind to think about life and write.

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1. ITEMISE - list possible goals - don't analyse at this stage

2. CATEGORISE - personal/family/work (use headings fromrepparttar Wheel of Life).

3. PRIORITISE - relate to what you value and rank.

4. CRYSTALLISE - make specific and clear, userepparttar 102109 KISS principle ("keep it simple, stupid"). Oops, sorry my dear reader!

Remember that goals are dreams which come true. Most people give up on their dreams too soon or, like me inrepparttar 102110 past, don't aim high enough and achieve them too easily and quickly. Except in writing!

N.B: The essence of goal setting is:



DETERMINATION I really believe that. This entire planning process might take a few days.


1. If it's not in writing, it is not a goal. It is a New Year resolution. 2. If it's not specific, it's not a goal. 3. 'Goals must be believable, inspirational and expandable'. 4. An effective goal is an exciting challenge. 5. Goals must be adjusted to new information. 6. Dynamic goals guide our choices. 7. Don't set short-term goals for longer than ninety days. 8. Maintain a balance between long-term and short-term goals. 9. Include your loved ones in your goals. 10. Set goals in all areas of your life. 11. Your goals must harmonise with your life. 12. Review your goals regularly. 13. Set vivid goals. 14. Don't chisel your goals in granite/set in concrete. 15. Reach out intorepparttar 102111 future. 16. Have a set of goals for every day, and review results every night. 17. Train yourself to crave your goals. 18. Set activity goals, not production goals (salespeople). 19. Understand luck, and make it work for you. 20. START NOW!

If you don't break your yearly objectives down into first quarterly and then monthly/weekly/daily activity targets, you cannot keep on track. Marathon runners keep going not by focusing onrepparttar 102112 whole course, but onrepparttar 102113 next drink station,repparttar 102114 bottom ofrepparttar 102115 hill, and whenrepparttar 102116 pain comes,repparttar 102117 next lamp post.

The plans we make to achieve our dreams arerepparttar 102118 blueprints for success. A written plan focusesrepparttar 102119 mind on goals. Intermediate steps move one step by step closer to success.

You should regularly review whether you are on track (e.g.. monthly, quarterly, yearly). Goal setting must be an ongoing process. Goals that are no longer meaningful must be replaced by ones that are.

" A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." - Mao Tse Tung I really like that one. No wonder I repeat it so often (the first signs of impending senility, perhaps???).

Mark Spitz,repparttar 102120 American swimmer, won nothing atrepparttar 102121 Mexico Olympics in 1968. Bitterly disappointed, he dreamt of winning 7 goal medals atrepparttar 102122 next Olympics in Munich in 1972 and set a target ofrepparttar 102123 times he would achieve in each event. He won those seven medals with times within 100th of a second of what he had said he would do. He developed his plan and a rigorous training regime. His goal became an obsession which overcame everything else... yet he achieved greatness.

Thomas Edison tried 2000 times to invent a light bulb. He didn't see it as 2000 failures, but rather as a process to be gone through. He didn't take it personally, but saw his efforts as 2000 ways that did not work. Every time an idea didn't work, it got Edison a step closer to his ultimate goal - SUCCESS. That is what kept him going. In a word, PERSISTENCE.

Even countries have set goals. After being defeated n World War II, Germany was totally devastated. However, Germany is now one ofrepparttar 102124 economic giants of Europe. Another defeated nation, Japan, which only had .3% ofrepparttar 102125 world's land and 3% ofrepparttar 102126 population now has 10% ofrepparttar 102127 global trade. The nation's leaders set goals for these countries afterrepparttar 102128 war, which seemed impossible atrepparttar 102129 time, but were achieved.

The motto: Forgetrepparttar 102130 mistakes ofrepparttar 102131 past and press on torepparttar 102132 greater achievements ofrepparttar 102133 future. Remember that setting a new goal isrepparttar 102134 first step towards a positive plan of action; because without a goal you have no target, nothing to aim for.

"Challenges are a chance to boost motivation, seize them like gold dust."


There is nothing more exciting and inspirational than new goals. Our attitude to ourselves determines our ability to set and achieve goals. Whatever your self- image, you project it to other people and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

With positive attitudes (subject ofrepparttar 102135 following chapter) and a good self image, your enthusiasm for challenges will be heightened, as well as for life in general. This results in greater job satisfaction, as well as living an emotionally healthy life filled with meaning and purpose. Remember, negative attitudes in other people can easily block your goals. I don't expect people to understand what I'm trying to achieve in my personal goals, but I'm getting there. They are MINE alone and I believe are right for ME! Raise your sights high and dare to be different. In our society we are conditioned to followrepparttar 102136 leader. N.B: Follow your own heart in setting your goals.

If you've set goals, but have had difficulty with your goals inrepparttar 102137 last 3 months, it may be because ofrepparttar 102138 following: 1. Your goals were not realistic. 2. Your goals were not clear and specific. 3. Your goals were not written inrepparttar 102139 present tense. E.g.. 'I have now cleared all my short term debts and I have saved X$ (or pounds')...'I now weigh my ideal body weight of...' Well done "Jumbo"! 4. You weren't really committed to your goals and/or they were not appropriate for you.

A final few words of wisdom (even if I say so myself) to end off this chapter...




"There are those people who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who don't even know it happened."


Craig Lock


"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe (German philosopher)

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