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Make Yourself Feel Good

January 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Say these words to yourself.

Books! I read books, I always have and I think I always will. Education! As I get older I appreciate what a good education, whether formal or self-education, can do for you. With this in mind at the end of 2010 I set myself the ambitious goal of reading 52 by the end of 2011. At approximately 1.30pm on the 31st December 2011 I successfully completed this goal! I can not overstate how good that felt. I had set myself a challenging goal that required focus, diligence and dedication and I achieved.

There are many blogs, articles, books, tapes, CD‘s, DVD‘s and seminars out there on the importance of goal setting and being disciplined enough to see your goal through to the end. Most of them , if not all,┬ávalid points on the reasons why this is a great idea, showing statistics on how successful people are goal setters. I only have one point to add to all of the research and years of study that the various experts have already shared. Success, in anything area of your life, makes you smile …

Set yourself up to feel good, right now! Sit down with a pen and paper and write the 10 things you would like to do over the next year. Pick the 4 that you have the most reasonable chance of completing, or excite you the most. Once you have picked your 4 goals for this year write a sentence or two for each of the following headings for each goal.

1. What? What is the goal? What do you want to do?

2. Why? Why you want to achieve this goal, remember your ‘why’ has to be exciting enough that you will do what it takes to achieve the goal.

3. Plan. How exactly are you going to achieve this goal?

All you need to do now is work the plan every day or week for the rest of the year and feel amazing because

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you are a winner, a success, a champion!

Get Your Plan On!

December 18, 2011 6 comments

Success is not an accident; it is a purposeful and planned event that you have direct control over. So many people (myself included) are content to sit back and wait for it to happen instead of going out there and making it happen, which is plain stupid! So get your plan on!

I have just finished planning the next year, as well as 3, 5 and 10 years. 2012 is going to be massive and I don’t want to miss out by not being ready, sitting back hoping for the best. As the saying goes life is what YOU make it. However success is more than making a plan, it is taking action, doing something, usually everyday, to move you to achieving the goals you’ve set.

For example, I have a plan to lose weight in 2012 and it’s precise. I have a set weight I want to achieve, a method to achieve it, walking and eating better etc, and I will monitor my progress as the year goes on, I even will ask a couple of friends to constantly check up on me to see how I’m going and keep me accountable. You see, a good plan is not just some random, undefined idea, it is S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T stands for;

SpecificKnowing exactly what you want to do.

Measurable – Know where you start, where you finish and how you get there.

Attainable – Make sure you can reach your goals, either in the time you have allocated or in skill, I will never play for the Hawthorn Hawks

Relevant – Why would you set a goal to run from Sydney to Melbourne if you hate running?

Timely – Set a timeline! I will start at X time and reach my target by Z time, but be realistic.

Have a great 2012 with many successes and joys!