The Top Ten Ways to Stay Focused on Your Objectives

Written by Michael Angier

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5. Make a Plan of Action. To achieve and stay focused upon your objective, create an action plan. What arerepparttar steps you will take to get you from where you are to where you want to be? Your strategies will likely change as you go along, so set your goals in concrete and your plans in sand. Keep your eye onrepparttar 102071 goal, but remain flexible in your path to it.

6. Measure Your Progress. You can't change what you don't measure. Create mechanisms that will allow you to see your progress. Use charts. Log your actions. Use anything that will encourage you by allowing you to objectively track your progress. We all need feedback—it'srepparttar 102072 breakfast of champions.

7. Maintain a Support System. Have a Master Mind Group. Userepparttar 102073 Buddy System. Surround yourself with people who will encourage and challenge you. Be accountable to someone other than yourself. Read positive books. Review past successes.

8. Focus On Only a Few Goals at a Time. You can achieve anything you desire, but not EVERYTHING you desire. Concentrate your efforts and your energy on just a few. I might have dozens of goals and projects, but I keep three key goals inrepparttar 102074 forefront of my mind.

9. Take Action Every Day. An important objective warrants daily attention. A 400-page novel is not written all at once. To many, writing a 400-page novel would be overwhelming. But a little over a page a day will get it done in a year. Every goal can be broken down into doable tasks done consistently.

10. Celebrate Your Milestones. Mark your successes and acknowledge yourself for your progress. As you achieve one goal, you can see better and believe more easily inrepparttar 102075 accomplishment of others. You deserve to succeed and you deserve to celebrate your successes.

Michael Angier is the founder and president of Success Networks International, publishers of SUCCESS STRATEGIES and SUCCESS DIGEST. Success Net is an association committed to helping people to be more knowledgeable, productive and effective. Their mission is to inform, inspire and empower people to be their best—personally and professionally. Free subscriptions, memberships, books and SuccessMark™ Cards are available at

Read Faster, Read Smarter'

Written by Michael Southon

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The untrained eye takes about a quarter of a second at each fixation, and takes in 2 or 3 words per fixation.

By speeding up you eye movements, you'll learn to make fewer fixations per line and take in more words per fixation.

Try this exercise:

If you use a glass 'anti-glare' screen, draw 2 vertical lines in felt-tip, 5 cms apart, so that you have a strip 5 cms wide located overrepparttar middle ofrepparttar 102070 text you are reading.

Now move your eyes in a 'Z' pattern down this central strip, at a speed faster slightly faster than is comfortable.

Because your Mind is not reading each word, it is forced to 'fill inrepparttar 102071 gaps'. This engages much more ofrepparttar 102072 Mind, since it has to build associations and patterns inrepparttar 102073 written material. This in turn leads to greater comprehension and increased memory of what was read.

This technique takes advantage ofrepparttar 102074 fact that much of written English is highly redundant; a lot of words can be skipped without any loss of meaning.

When your eyes move down a central strip ofrepparttar 102075 text, you also engage much more of your peripheral vision. And that in turn bringsrepparttar 102076 right hemisphere ofrepparttar 102077 brain intorepparttar 102078 reading process. You make much more use ofrepparttar 102079 right-brain's ability to synthesize and build relationships withinrepparttar 102080 material.

So speed reading is not just about reading faster; it also allows you to access much more ofrepparttar 102081 brain and thereby increases your comprehension and creativity.

For an excellent, free, speed-reading course, visit:

- The Speed Reading Course

Here are some more free speed-reading sites:

- The Study Hall Free Speed Reading Programs

- Road To Reading Home

- University of Texas Speed Reading

- Speed Reading Links

- ReadRace: Free Java application for speed reading

- Personal Enrichment : Speed Reading

Michael Southon is the publisher of 'The Free Directory of Ezines' You can read more articles like this by subscribing to 'FreeZine Express', the weekly newsletter of 'The Free Directory of Ezines'. To subscribe, send a blank email to:

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