7 Simple Steps To Achieving Your Goals

Written by M Sairam

A few years ago, as I was at a crossroads in my life, I decided that I was going to become massively successful and not live a mediocre life. I was working as a training executive for a private computer training company in India. I made up my mind, determined to berepparttar best computer programmer, and decided that I wanted to work for a foreign company in a foreign country. None of my family members was in a foreign country. Most of my associates were not massively successful. Yet I determined with all my heart and soul that I would become one. That wasrepparttar 149722 BEST decision I made regarding my career. The following arerepparttar 149723 steps I took to fulfill my desire. You can take these same steps to accomplish anything you have a heart-felt deep burning desire. Imagine, when you are pushed into a lake and you don’t know swimming and how you would struggle to get out of water to breathe and be alive. That kind of desire you should have. Then, when you follow these steps, you are bound to succeed, no matter what.

Step 1

Analyze your current situation. Do you think it is okay? Are you happy? Go to step 2

Step 2

Why are you not happy? What can you do about that? What are your desires? Are they truly yours or some one else? Take time to find a quiet place and find your heart-felt deep desires. Then, write down on paper or in your mind why you want to accomplish them? Do you feel you can do it? This isrepparttar 149724 second stage of introspection. Then, proceed to step 3.

8 Do's and Don'ts When Asking Your Boss for a Raise

Written by David A. Bailey, Jr

Feeling overworked and underpaid? If you’re starting to feel like you deserve a raise, here are eight DO’s and DON’Ts to build your confidence and tact (and what to avoid!) in asking forrepparttar salary you feel you deserve.


1. Devise a “Plan of Action”. First and foremost, get a strategy together. Make a note ofrepparttar 149665 specific projects you’ve undertaken andrepparttar 149666 results you’ve accomplished. List all of your job skills andrepparttar 149667 features that make you an asset to this company. Find out what a typical raise is for someone with your experience in your area of occupation. Knowrepparttar 149668 facts and be realistic in your request.

2. Ask for an amount that’s slightly higher than one you would be happy with. If you would be happy with a 5% raise, ask for one a couple of points above it. That way, if your boss starts to negotiate, you won’t feel as if your worth has been diluted any by getting less than what you feel you deserve.

3. Remember, your boss shouldn’t berepparttar 149669 only one negotiating. If your company is going through a slow period orrepparttar 149670 economy is down, try to be flexible and know how to respond if your boss suggests a lower amount than what you may have been expecting. Consider other ways of getting a raise too, such as additional vacation time, employee perks or more time off. All of these can be just as good (if not better!) than an actual amount of money.

4. Choose a specific day and time to meet with your supervisor about your raise request. Avoid choosing a Monday or Friday when bosses are at their busiest. Studies have actually shown that people are more receptive on a Tuesday or Wednesday after lunch. That way, they’re not thinking aboutrepparttar 149671 weekend or their stomachs while you’re getting uprepparttar 149672 nerve to ask about a raise! If you’re afraid of being interrupted during your request, ask to speak to your supervisor for a few minutes after hours.


1. Raise your tone of voice if your boss objects to your raise at first.

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