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Leadership In Goal Setting!
May 19, 2004

Leadership In Goal Setting

Creating Your Personal M.A.P.!

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Volume II - May, 2004 Issue

Leadership In Goal Setting
Creating Your Personal M.A.P.!

T A B L E   O F   C  O N T E N T S

  1. Lessons-in- Leadership
    • Setting Goals For Personal Growth!
  2. Meeting for Results
    • Creating Your Personal M.A.P. (Master Action Plan)
  3. The Juice Bar
    • Six Servants For Success.
  4. Reader Meter
    • Our Readers Are Engaged!
  5. Site News
    • Article Vault Is Priceless!

Leadership In Goal Setting

Setting Goals For Personal Growth!

"To win…you’ve got to stay in the game…"
- Claude M. Bristol

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Do you have an idea of what you’d like to be doing in five years?

In the next twelve months, what will you accomplish that will ensure you meet your five or ten year goals?

In the next 90 days what steps will you take to pursue your dreams?

How about in the next 30 days or even in the coming week?

What steps are you taking TODAY toward achieving your goals?

For many people all of the above questions are tough to ask. Tough because in most cases people don’t have a clear plan to obtain their goals. In fact, a lot of folks simply have never taken the time to sit down and determine what their goals are!

Goal setting is not only a skill, it’s a very important discipline that all successful people employ on a regular basis.

Setting goals does not have to be difficult. If you are willing to invest just a few hours of time to get clear on what it is you want, determine what steps you need to take in order to make steady progress and TAKE ACTION DAILY- you will be well on your way to realizing your dreams.

”Men who have left their mark upon the world have been men (and women) of great and prompt decision. They have been men (and women) who do something – and do it at once.”
- O.S. Marden

Indeed, the hour of decision is at hand. Decide now to gain some much needed “leverage” on yourself by writing down your goals for daily viewing.

Follow these Six Steps To Achieving Your Goals:

  1. Identify Your Goals - think about what you want to accomplish over the next 12 months is the key areas of:
    • Finance
    • Career
    • Spirituality
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Emotionally
    • Physically
    • Other
  2. List The Pros - under each goal, list all the ways in which you and your family will benefit when (not IF) you meet the goal. Make your list as detailed as possible.

    Each Pro listed becomes part of your ultimate payoff. Reviewing this list often will help to motivate you throughout your journey.

  3. List The Cons - anticipate all the challenges and/or barriers that might prevent you from meeting each goal. Don’t fool yourself here. Everyone runs into roadblocks. The key to overcoming each roadblock is to approach each obstacle with a positive CAN-DO attitude.

    Always remember that “persistency” is characteristic of all who have accomplished anything great. When your progress is hampered, remain determined to overcome whatever issue stands before you.

    Only YOU can decide whether you will fail or succeed. No one else has that power over you – unless you allow it.

    ”The world makes way for the determined man. (or woman)”
    - O.S. Marden
  4. Identify The Skills Needed to Succeed - before achieving a particular step in your plan, you might need to invest in yourself to acquire the necessary knowledge and/or skill to achieve the task at hand.

    If this means you need to sign up for a class – sign up for a class and learn all you can. If you can’t afford to take the class now, then take action to save or borrow the funds needed so that you can afford the class.

    Allow no excuses to get in your way. If indeed you are committed to realizing your goals, then you will be successful.

    Be persistent and you will prevail. Stay faithful to your goals and experience the fullness of what life has to offer.

  5. Surround Yourself With Successful People - each person is a product of his/her environment. You are where you are today as a result of the choices you have made up to this point in time.

    Many of these choices include whom you currently associate with. Are your friends supportive of your goals? Do these people have their own goals they are working toward? Do you learn from them and they from you?

    Choose wisely whom you spend your time with. Expand your circle of associates to include those who are currently on a path of personal growth and success.

    Join associations and clubs that will place you squarely in front of people of ambition and influence. These relationships may very well pave the way to overcoming many future obstacles.

  6. Take Action Daily! - the only thing more important than putting your goals in writing is putting your goals to WORK. Rest assured, no one is going to complete your plan for you.

    Keep your goals in front of you on a daily basis. Gain leverage on yourself by posting your goals on your refrigerator, on your computer, in the bathroom if necessary – anywhere that you will see your goals on a regular basis.

    These constant reminders will keep you from becoming complacent and putting off tasks that can be accomplished today.

    Communicate your goals to anyone who will be supportive. If you think your family or friends will make fun of your goals, or suggest that you are unrealistic – DON’T TELL THEM.

    There is simply no good reason to set yourself up to ridicule or to receive any kind of negative influence.

    Protect your goals, and yourself, by sharing your detailed plans only with those who will be helpful and supportive.

Begin today by utilizing our free goal setting tool, described in the next section.

Begin; to begin is half the work. Let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
- Ausonius

Meeting for Results

Creating Your Personal M.A.P. (Master Action Plan)

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
- William James

No one will argue that the shortest distance between two points – is a straight line.

As you plan your strategy for achieving your goals, you are well advised to focus your time and attention on specific “high-impact” activities.

Too often we tend to spend time on tasks that are just “busy work”.

Busy work consists of tasks that are perhaps helpful, yet time consuming. Tasks of this nature are not of the utmost importance as we work to achieve our goals. In other words, we should be spending more of our time on other things that move us closer to achieving our ultimate objectives.

Activities that focus on results – are what we consider to be high-impact activities. These are activities that when done consistently will add the most value and make the most positive impact on our lives.

Consider using our free M.A.P. (Master Action Plan) tool to help you identify your goals, as well as those high-impact activities that will ensure a successful outcome.

Request your free M.A.P. tool by completing the request form located in the Reader Meter section of this newsletter.

Start creating your Master Action Plan today!

"The finest eloquence is that which gets things done."
- David Lloyd George

The Juice Bar

Six Servants To Success.

"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded
is another step forward."

- Thomas A. Edison

As you commit to the habit of goal setting and begin to experience your newfound zeal for life, remember this important quote:

”I have six honest serving men. They taught me all I know.
Their names are What, and Why, and How, and Where,
and When and Who”

- Rudyard Kipling

By living life with these six “servants” at your side, your focus will remain clear, and your progress will be steady.

Not only should you stay focused on these six questions, but you should remain focused on ONLY these six questions – for these are indeed proven, high-impact questions that will help you gain the most ground in the shortest period of time.

"Knowing that you have complete control of your thinking you will recognize the power…"
- Mikhail Strabo

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Quote submissions from reader – Jopeel

"I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest." - Muhammad Ali

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." - Mother Teresa

"A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth." - Filipino Proverb

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"Confidence is a behavior, not a feeling." - W. Leitzen

"Leaders make announcements not excuses." - W. Leitzen

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