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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Achieve Your Dreams: Six Steps to Accomplish Your Goals and Resolutions

Don't let your goals and resolutions fall by the wayside. Chances are that to achieve your dreams and live a life you love, those goals and resolutions are crucial. Goal setting and goal achievement are easier if you follow these six steps for effective and successful goal setting and resolution accomplishment.

  • You need to deeply desire the goal or resolution. Napoleon Hill, in his landmark book, Think and Grow Rich, had it right. "The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat." So, your first step in goal setting and achieving your dreams is that you've got to really, really want to achieve the goal.

  • Visualize yourself achieving the goal. Lee Iacocca said, "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." What will your achievement feel like? How will your life unfold differently as a result? If the goal is a thing, some gurus of goal setting recommend that you keep a picture of the item where you see and are reminded of it every day. If you can’t picture yourself achieving the goal, chances are – you won’t.

  • Make a plan for the path you need to follow to accomplish the goal. Create action steps to follow. Identify a critical path. The critical path defines the key accomplish-ments along the way, the most important steps that must happen for the goal to become a reality. Stephen Covey said, "All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you've thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks and mortar. Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. You begin with the end in mind." He's right.

  • Commit to achieving the goal by writing down the goal. Lee Iacocca said, "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." I agree completely. Write down the plan, the action steps and the critical path. Somehow, writing down the goal, the plan and a timeline sets events in motion that may not have happened otherwise. In my own life, it is as if I am making a deeper commitment to goal accomplishment. I can’t fool myself later. The written objective really was the goal.

  • Establish times for checking your progress in your calendar system, whatever it is: a day planner, a PDA, a PDA phone or a hand written list. If you’re not making progress or feel stymied, don't let your optimism keep you from accomplishing your goals. No matter how positively you are thinking, you need to assess your lack of progress. Adopt a pessimist’s viewpoint; something will and probably is, going to go wrong. Take a look at all of the factors that are keeping you from accomplishing your goal and develop a plan to overcome them. Add these plan steps to your calendar system as part of your goal achievement plan.

  • Review your overall progress regularly. Make sure you are making progress. If you are not making progress, hire a coach, tap into the support of loved ones, analyze why the goal is not being met. Don’t allow the goal to just fade away. Figure out what you need to do to accomplish it. Check the prior five steps starting with an assessment of how deeply you actually want to achieve the goal.

This six step goal setting and achieving system seems simple, but it is the most powerful system you will ever find for achieving your goals and living your resolutions. You just need to do it. Best wishes and good luck.

How to Use Desire to Achieve Your Goals

Look up the word 'desire' in the dictionary and you will see it defined as the "conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment". Desire is a longing, a craving, and an intense hunger for something that you want to achieve.

You might have heard of success stories in the past about how a group of teenagers who fiddled with their laptop computers in a garage managed to build a multi-million dollar company. Or the classic tale about how a regular employee managed to climb his way to the top and became a successful CEO of a top-notch establishment.

Such success stories, and more, can be attributed to a burning desire to achieve more than what you currently have and climb your way to the top. Simply wishing or dreaming about success and riches is not enough. You need to have a burning, intense desire and you should focus your energies towards achieving your goal.

If, for example, you have a nine-to-five desk job and you often see your boss with his expensive car and his humongous paycheck, you think, "I could be in his position."

Merely thinking about the possibility of you replacing your boss, or getting into the same level that he is currently in is not enough. Wishes and daydreams are fine for the young ones. You, on the other hand, need to have this intense desire to be in the same position.

The word 'obsession' may sound a bit extreme but this is exactly what you need in order to channel your desire and obsession into something positive by coming up with ways on how to hit your target.

You need to focus all your energies, make a plan and work your way towards achieving the goal and the riches that you want. A burning desire is the first step - turn this into the starting point on working your way towards riches.

To have a deeper understanding of how you can use your desire to achieve success and riches, take a look at the following steps:

Set a 'definite' goal for yourself.

Again, it is good to point out that merely wishing is not enough. In the case of a regular employee who wants to reach the status of his boss, he needs to think, "Do I want to replace him in that position, should I aim to be a partner or somebody of a higher stature?"

Think about what can you give or sacrifice in order to achieve the riches that you desire.

If you need to sacrifice your leisure time to be able to achieve your goal, do so. Nothing will be accomplished without sacrificing something in return.

Set a deadline for yourself.

Procrastination will get you nowhere, so once you have that mindset to accomplish your goal, challenge yourself to reach the 'finish line' the soonest time possible.

Make a plan on how you intend to achieve your goals.

Write it down: how much you want to achieve, the time that you want the goal completed and make a plan on how you can acquire your riches.

Read the statement to yourself to help you realize your goals.

By going through your own set of goals, deadline, and steps on how to achieve your riches, you will start having this clear picture in your mind of you finally realizing your dream which is the fruit of your desire.

In this life, nothing is impossible. Death can be cheated if you have a strong desire to live. Illness and abnormalities can be overcome if you have a burning desire to lead a normal life, just like everybody else. No matter how many times you fall or fail, you just need to rise, try again and work your way back to achieving riches, as well as your goals.

Adversity and failure can be overcome if you will yourself to have a strong desire to succeed. This is how you can use a strong desire to overcome what at first seemed impossible - but can actually be realized if you just want it bad enough that you can taste success - and then work your way towards achieving your target.

3 Keys to Success - You Have to READ

Everyone wants to succeed in something in life. That much is a given. But what drives people that seem to succeed in many different areas of their life. What separates them from the rest of the population?

Here are 3 keys to help you to achieve success in ANYTHING that you do:

1. Have a passionate desire. You have to be passionate about the things that you want to achieve and accomplish in your life. They cannot be things that you would like to do. They have to be things that you want to do so badly, that you will overcome any obstacle that gets in your way. Passion will allow you to do this.

2. Be creative. One of the many things that seems to block people from achieving their dreams or their desires is that they never stop to figure out a creative way to go about their goals and their dreams. Creativity will help you to find another road to your goals when one seems to come to an end.

3. Stay positive. No matter what happens, take the approach that you will stay positive. This will keep you in a peak state of mind. And a peak state of mind will produce results. A mind that is clouded with doubt and confusion has a hard time seeing the answers even when they are apparent.

These three basic tips will help you to achieve success in almost anything that you want to do. You must know that you really can achieve just about anything that you want.

How to Make Your Dreams Come True - 6 Ways to Make Your Dreams Into Reality

Whether you are dreaming about writing a book, or traveling to Africa, or dreaming about something for the community - I am sure you enjoy thinking about it. We all enjoy thinking about our aspirations and desires, and of course, we all have the desire as well that someday, we are able to make our dreams into reality.

If you are interested on how to make your dreams come true, here are some simple things that might bring wonders in your life.

* Dream Big. Dreaming is free so set your mind thinking about the biggest dream you would ever want. Even small dreams that matter most to you would be something that is already big.

* Believe in your dreams. Achievers are believers and if you believe that you can realize your dreams, you will have the power to work on your goals and dreams. Believe in yourself. Eliminate self-doubt by overcoming your weaknesses, learning from your mistakes and being thankful about whatever you already have.

* Think Positive. Sometimes our minds are just so full of negative thoughts that we often think about dreams being just our dreams and we tend to believe in them only if there are signs that they are likely to happen. Instead of thinking about doubts and uncertainties, set your mind free and think not of the impossibility of a thing. Think about dreams being achievable.

* Enjoy your dream. To help you get started on achieving your dreams, picture yourself that you already reached your dreams, and enjoy and savor the feeling of being there. If you dream of going to Africa, think about being in the safari and actually seeing the animals and feeling the hot, humid climate on your skin. This will help you get motivated as the excitement and energy builds up in your subconscious.

* Take action. One important factor in knowing how to make your dreams come true is of course working on it. Take advantage of opportunities that come your way. It would be helpful if you make a list of the dreams you have and prioritize them according to whether they can be realized short term or long term. When you see that you are actually making each dream come true, you will also realize that dreams are not impossible. As you work towards turning your dreams into reality, never lose focus of what you want.

* Be persistent. One failure is not the end of it all. Never give up that easy on your dreams. You will never know how close you are in making your dreams come true if you give up on it so easily.

Whatever it is that you dreamed of, may it be big or small, if you believe in it and work hard to realize it, and you open up yourself to the wonders that the universe can give you, you will realize then that you actually have the power on how to make your dreams come true.

In the end, it is actually your choice to make your dreams come true. It is in your hands to make these dreams a reality.