Friday, June 29, 2007

Guest Article: Goal Setting Guidelines

(We continue our focus on goal setting with a guest article by former Olympic wrestler Ken Chertow)

Goal Setting Guidelines

1. Be Specific, setting technique and training goals, as well as performance goals.

2. Set a variety of goals, including a combination of short, medium and long range goals.

3. Make your goals personal. Personal goals are more meaningful because they are what you want for yourself, not what others expect of you.

4. Make your goals challenging yet realistic. Many of your short term goals should be easily achievable while others should be lofty. You accomplish in proportion to what you attempt.

5. Post your goals. Write your goals down and refer to them often. Post your most important goals in your bedroom, on the fridge and/or in your locker.

6. Do not fear failure. If you only set easily obtainable goals, you will never succeed.

7. Evaluate your goals. Refer to your goals regularly. Check them off as you achieve them and set new goals. You must constantly evaluate where you are and where you are heading.

8. Design a strategy for achieving your goals. Decide how much and what type of work
it will take to achieve your goals. Then design and follow a training schedule.

9. Make a commitment to your goals and work plan. Anyone can set a goal. Those who
achieve their goals have the discipline to stay focused.

10. Believe in yourself! If you do not believe in yourself...chances are that nobody else will.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Get In The Game: Goal Planning

This article explains how to set personal goals. It starts with your lifetime goals, and then works through a series of lower level plans culminating in a daily to-do list.

By setting up this structure you can break even the biggest life goal down into a number of small tasks you need to do each day to reach your lifetime goals.

The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime, as setting lifetime goals that gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making process.

To help give you a broad, and balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some or all of the following categories:

Artistic: Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? If so, what is it? Do you want to write a book; paint a masterpiece, or create a song?

Attitude: Does your own mindset hold you back from making progress? Is there any part of the way you behave that upsets you. For example, do you talk too much? If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.

Career: What level do you want to reach in your career? Is it your goal to be the boss or own your own company someday, or do you want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company?

Education: Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular or some area of study you would like to pursue? What information and skills will you need to achieve these goals?

Family: Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want your partner or family members to see you?

Financial: How much do you want to earn by what age in your life? What can you do to make that come about?

Physical: Are there any athletic goals you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?

Pleasure: How do you want to enjoy yourself? You should ensure that some of your life is geared toward making yourself happy for no reason other than being happy.

Service: Do you want to make the world a better place by your existence? If so, how?
Once you have decided your goals in these categories, assign a priority on them if you want to succeed.

Review your goals and re-prioritize until you are satisfied that they reflect the shape of the life you want to lead.

Also, you should ensure the goals you have set are the goals you want to achieve, and not what your parents, spouse, family, or employers want them to be.

Success only happens when you are working for your own well being, with a determined focus and plan to make those dreams a reality.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday Video: Jim Rohn Part 2

Here's another video from legendary teacher Jim Rohn.

This is a great piece on setting effective goals. He calles them the Three Keys to Greatness.

Watch it now below.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Goal Setting Basics

Goal setting is a relatively simple process many have made much more complicated than it is.

By setting goals, and measuring their achievement, you are able to see what you have done and are capable of.

The process of achieving and attaining goals gives you the confidence and a belief in to achieve higher and more difficult goals.

Goal setting is nothing more than a formal process for personal planning. By setting goals on a routine basis you decide what you want to achieve, and then move in a step-by-step manner towards the achievement of these goals.

The act of setting goals and targets allows you to choose where you want to go in life. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you know what you have to concentrate on to do it.

Goal setting is a standard technique used by professional athletes, successful business people and high achievers in all fields. It gives you long term vision and provides you with short term motivation.

Having goals allows you to focus your attention, knowledge and organize your resources. By setting sharp and clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless effort.

Goals are set on a number of different levels. First, you decide what you want to do with your life and what large scale goals you want to achieve.

Second, you break these down into the smaller aims that you must hit so you reach your overall lifetime goals. It's a step-by-step, inch-by-inch process.

Finally, once you have your plan, you start working towards achieving it. As Einstein said, "Nothing happens without movement." Goal setting and planning is nothing but daydreaming if you set on your duff and do nothing.

So set your goals, write out a flexible step-by-step plan to achieve them and then take action and make it happen.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Monday Video: Jim Rohn

This weeks Monday video is from self developement legend Jim Rohn.

In this 10 minute video, Rohn talks about how to have your best year ever.


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Successful Living Podcast 7: The GOYA Factor

I've decided to bring back the Successful Living Podcast. I stopped for awhile because I had other obligations on my plate, but with the surge of subscribers to the feed, I decided to bring it back to life. I hope you enjoy it.

The Successful Living Podcast is a show designed to give honest advice about what it takes to succeed in the game of life. The Successful Living podcast will feature discussions on various self-improvement and business building topics.

In this podcast you'll learn what the GOYA factor is and how you can use it to explode your productivity and success.

This podcast runs a little over 10 minutes and provides important information that any success seeker needs to hear and reaffirm in their own lives.

You can listen to the show in streaming media here.

Or you can download the podcast by clicking here.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How Do You Start Your Day?

This is one of the most important questions you can answer that will have a dramatic improvement in your life.

Do you get up moaning, grumbling and complaining about what lies ahead or do you jump out of bed excited, invigorated, refreshed and ready to tackle your day head on?

The difference in how you start your day off is a major factor between living a life of fulfillment and one of missed opportunity and failure.

The time you first awaken in the morning is the most important of the day. The mind is still in a stage of semi-sleep, the part that drifts from the subconscious dream state to the fully alert stage.

This is the best time to program the brain.

When you first arise, visualize your day going perfectly. See yourself accomplishing all your tasks in a positive, happy manner. You can add a special affirmation, (make up your own it's more powerful that way), to make your visualization even more effective. You can even use the affirmations if you have trouble visualizing.

After your morning conditioning, go about your day in a deliberate, positive frame of mind and watch what happens to the rest of your day.

Nine times out of ten, your day will go as you visualized, and you will be much more productive, focused and successful. There will be days when things don't work out like you visualized, just stay positive and remember that bad days do happen. Just keep doing the morning programming and it will bring profound results to your life.

Don't believe me? You have nothing to lose by trying. Just do the morning ritual religiously for 30 days and see if your life changes for the better. I know from experience it will.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Monday Video: Jack Canfield Part 2

Here is another inspirational video from "Success Principles" and "Chicken Soup For The Soul" author, Jack Canfield.

Canfield talks about his early childhood and his current success as a author and teacher.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Don't Waste Your Most Precious Asset

One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little of it left. Every man’s greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life. – P.W. Litchfield

Time. We humans have a distinct under-appreciation for the concept.

Most of us tend to fritter it away thinking we have an abundant supply waiting in reserve. The truth is, all we have is a little block of time we like to call the present.

The ever-present now is the sum total of our allotment of time. Eventually, the nows are going to dwindle until there's no more left. Sorry to bum you out but it's true.

There aren't many things you can be certain of, but one of them is we won't get out of here alive. Death is a natural part of life. Just like the plants and flowers that perish in winter only to return full bloom in spring.

Death is inevitable. There's no escaping it.

Fortunately for us, there is a way to enjoy the time we do have and that's to seize the day and live our life to the fullest. And it's not very hard to do. The secret is simple: take action.

Action is the catalyst of change. Action makes things happen. Action is the number one difference between a successful, happy life and one of despair and regret.

Go after your dreams and aspirations. Don't live life like a jellyfish. Go after what you want. Why be afraid? So what if you fail the first time you try, everybody does. Get back up and go after it even harder, learning from your failures as you go.

I was watching the movie "Invincible" with Mark Wahlberg recently and in the film, Vince Papale, a 30-year old bartender, decides to try out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

At the urging of his friends, he goes to the tryout and earns a trip to training camp. During camp, he takes his lumps, fails and gets back up and keeps on trying. The whole time in camp, Papale never believes that he can make the team so he keeps his bags packed for the entire camp. (You see, belief is not a requirement on the road to success. Many successful people suffered from huge bouts of self-doubt).

In the end, he makes the team and spends three seasons (1976-78) with the Eagles. The lesson of the film is two-fold: if you have a dream, goal or vision, take immediate, massive action and never give up until you reach it.

And that's the way the game of life is to be played - all out with no remorse or regret. Live it to the fullest and leave nothing left in your tank when the end does come.

I don't care how poor or down you are right now, you can change your life in an instant by setting a goal and taking persistent action to achieve it. Life is the greatest gift there is. It is meant to be enjoyed and savored, especially with loved ones, not hard and bitter.

It's our attitudes and perceptions that make life either a heaven or a hell and if yours is a hell right now, you have the the power to change it. Look for the good and beautiful in life and goodness and beauty will appear.

Don't let your most precious asset, time, pass you by. Grab for the brass ring and make every moment count.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Video: Jack Canfield

This is a new feature on the Successful Living site.

Every Monday we will post a video dealing with the subject of self-development and success.

This week we feature Jack Canfield and his The Secret Success Principles.

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Video: Jobs On Success

Here's a great video taken from a commencement address Former Apple and current Imax CEO Steve Jobs gave to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford.

There's tons of lessons to apply to your own life that I advise to watch as many times as you can. Enjoy and prosper.

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