Setting goals -- Your ticket to success

Written by Michele Pariza Wacek

You know that old saying -- if you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there. That's what happens if you don't takerepparttar time to figure out what your goals are and WRITE them down. There's power in writing things down. Trust me, I'm a writer. I KNOW.

Figuring out your goals is probably one ofrepparttar 137871 most important and one ofrepparttar 137872 most overlooked steps for creative professionals starting their business. Ideally you should put together a business plan. However, I have yet to meet a creative professional (including myself) who has one. (In fact, if you do have a business plan, please contact me. I'd love to chat with you about it.) Second best is getting your goals down on paper. Here are some things to include.

* Your personal mission statement. What do you want to accomplish in your life? Not just as a creative professional, artist or writer, but as a person. Knowing your mission will make organizing your time much easier.

* Your creative or artistic goals -- both long-term and short-term. What do you want to accomplish in three months? Six months? This year? Five years from now?

* Your financial goals -- both long-term and short-term. Don't forget to write down how much money you want to make.

* Your plans for your business -- both long-term and short-term. Break it downrepparttar 137873 same as your creative or artistic goals -- three months, six months, one year and five years. Include a marketing plan as well. It doesn't have to be elaborate, just figure out who your target market is, where your target market is (i.e., local, regional, specific cities or national), and how you're going to reach your target market.

* Action steps for each goal, includingrepparttar 137874 marketing plan. Break each goal into manageable steps, number each step and add a completion date. Make a separate copy of this and put it where you can incorporate these action steps into your daily activities.

Don't rush this process. In fact, you should make it a treat for yourself. Go on a retreat. Try and get away for at least a day if at all possible (a couple of days would be better yet). Go somewhere where you won't be interrupted (and that includesrepparttar 137875 cell phone). Allow yourself some quiet time to really think. If it helps, do some meditating or journaling during this time.

Don't worry about it being perfect either. This is a working document. Ideally you should review it every six months or a year and see where you are and what's changed.

Now, when I first started my business five years ago, I hadn't planned anything or written anything down.

This was a mistake.

Sure I had some vague notions in my head of where I wanted my business and my writing to go, but by not committing anything to paper, I didn't end up there. My first three years of my business I was busy and making money, but I wasn't getting anywhere nearrepparttar 137876 vague notions dancing around in my head. Even more amazing, I couldn't figure out why.

Know Yourself (Self-improvement)

Written by Joi Sigers

*Self knowledge is atrepparttar point where wisdom meets success.

In order to truly succeed in life - you must know yourself.

In order for your relationships to thrive - you must know yourself.

In order to achieve ALL things that you want for you and for your loved ones - you must know Yourself!

Before you can get anywhere worth going in this world, you have to know other people (how they feel, what makes them feel that way, what they want....). It matters not if you're a teacher, entrepreneur, salesman, chef, doctor, lawyer or writer. You'll simply never be of use to anyone unless you know them. And, asrepparttar 137841 saying goes, you'll never know others until you know yourself.

*Self knowledge is atrepparttar 137842 point where wisdom meets happiness.

Take a close, careful, conscientious look at yourself. Askrepparttar 137843 following questions:

1. What are my strengths?

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