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You must have a clear understanding of what you can and cannot change. For instance, if you are short and want to add 6 inches to your stature, you may be able to change that about yourself with high heels or lifts on your shoes, but permanent change is not possible (yet). However, if you want to get a degree or to learn a new craft, once you know steps and work toward goal, it is highly possible you will achieve your goal.
Written goals are commitments you make to yourself. Goals should be written in affirmative, present tense. They should be well defined, clear and written in as much detail as possible. When writing down your goals, list possible obstacles to achieving your goals as well as solutions to those obstacles. Write down what you will have to risk/sacrifice in order to accomplish your goal. Write down what will motivate you to press on, inspire you to succeed. Make a list of resources available to you and resources you may need to accomplish your goal. List people who could help you in your goal planning and setting journey. And make sure you know exactly how you will celebrate your success once your goal has been achieved.
In order to achieve your goals you must have self-discipline, focus and a burning desire to succeed - to do whatever it takes to get a job done. You must be willing to take responsibility for your own actions and admit when you’ve made a mistake. You must be flexible and willing to change your course of action when necessary. Your goals must be specific and realistic. They should be challenging yet attainable. If you set your expectations too high, you will become frustrated and likely quit. Your goals should be measurable. If you want to write a book, you must pick up a pen and write, at specifically scheduled times. Remember that it’s those well thought out, written down plans that will ultimately achieve most predictable results with highest degree of success.
The article is based on PMS – Productivity Management System™ a system that was developed to help you set and accomplish your life’s goals. When you join Women’s ECommerce Association, International, you get complete system including PMS/GPS™ Goal Planning and Setting Chart - based upon steps referenced in this article. Go to www.wecai.org – Basic membership is FREE.
© 2005 - Heidi Richards
Heidi Richards is the author of The PMS Principles, Powerful Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and 7 other books. She is also the Founder & CEO of the Women’s ECommerce Association, International www.WECAI.org (pronounced wee-kī) – an Internet organization that “Helps Women Do Business on the WEB.” Basic Membership is FREE. Ms. Richards can be reached at Heidi@speakingwithspirit.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.