Sunday, November 29, 2015

How To Easily Achieve Goals And Create Success Now

How To Easily Achieve Goals And Create Success Now

As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to take inventory.  What goals have been reached this year?  What goals will carry over to 2016?  Take a piece of paper and pen (I believe writing it down actually helps, as opposed to typing it on a device) and answer those questions.  Just for yourself.

Many people have told me that they're not goal oriented.  That writing down goals doesn't "work" for them.  I tend to think that this is not true, but more of a challenge that seems bigger than it is.

Let me ask this question:  How would a football team win if they didn't have a goal?  How would an Olympian be able to train and push themselves if they didn't want a medal?  How would a student be motivated to do their work if grades or promotion were not possible?

Everyone is goal-oriented.  I could list dozens of examples, perhaps hundreds.  Bottom line is that you need to figure out what your goals are and figure out how to accomplish them.

Let's say that your goal is to lose 50 pounds in 2016.  Well, you don't skip meals and exercise on January 1st, then wake up on January 2nd, having lost the weight.  No, you break it down in to bite-sized chunks.  You have 12 months, which is 52 weeks, which is 365 days.

Example:  Weight to lose is 50 pounds.  That's about 4 pounds per month.  Not as daunting is it?
Now...Four pounds a month is a pound per week.  Even better!

So now you can set goals based on that bite-sized goal.  

Another example:  you want to pay off debt in 2016.  You have to sit down with your bills and figure out a collective amount that has to be paid, and look at how much money is coming in.  

So, if you have $10,000 in debt that you want to pay off, and after your "required" expenses you are left with $500 a month you will begin paying those debts down.  Break it down into monthly goals.  And, just as you would with losing weight, learn to cut out "fat" in your spending to help you find more money in your budget.

In this case you start with the smallest bill, pay it off and then work on the next one.  You may not pay it all off as you'd plan, but using smaller goals you can work toward achieving the larger goal.  And, if any of those bills incur interest charges, the sooner you pay them off, the less you pay in the long run.  THAT is worth celebrating.

Bottom line is set goals.  Then break them down into smaller goals that you can easily achieve.  Celebrate every achievement.  Every single time you hit a goal, you are creating success.  Every time you have that feeling of accomplishment, you can use that to push yourself through the tough patches.  

I enjoy helping people figure out their goals and help them plan a strategy to achieve them.  If I can be of any help to you, please let me know.

To Your Success!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends and Happy Thanksgiving!

As I write this, I realize it has been 7 months since I've done any writing here.

I want to say that I am thankful for you.  Grateful that you stop by and read my posts and hope that I've been able to make you smile.

I am thankful for my beautiful children, my best friend and those that have stuck by me while I have fought through many challenges this year.

I'm also grateful to the people that have helped me figure out the paths that were not right for me.  The investments that were harmful, the businesses that were counter-productive and the friendships that were not healthy.

It's important to see not only the good things, but the not-so-good things; both influence who you become and what you do with your life.

On this day, I share what I am thankful for, but make no mistake...EVERY day I am grateful.