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10 Goal-Setting Strategies

Monday, December 3, 2007

Want to become a "goal-achieving machine" in 2008? "Goal Guru" Jill Koenig, best-selling author, coach and expert on the subject of goal- setting, provides 10 strategies for setting challenging goals, defining the targets, tasks and time needed to achieve them, and savoring your success as those goals are met!

The key to business growth is that you must set challenging goals that cause you to stretch. You must actively learn to think bigger, raise your game, and expand your own mind and the minds of your team. You must make a concerted effort to stretch yourself every single day and train yourself to become a "goal-achieving machine."

Here are 10 Goal Setting Strategies for Small Business Success:

1. THIRST: You must have a burning desire for something, originating beyond mere hopes and ideas. You must have incentives, compelling dreams, a thirst, a hunger, and desires that are so inspiring and motivating [that] they provide you and your team with enough internal drive to fuel you and keep you going when things donít go as planned. The stronger the WHY [behind your goal], the more successful you will be. You must feel a magnetic pull towards something that is meaningful and significant to you. Your goals must inspire you and your team to perform at your best.

2. TARGETS: You must define the targets, the outcomes, the goals, the destinations clearly and in as much detail as you can. Use your imagination to visualize and experience the deep emotions [about] what it will feel like when your goal is achieved.

3. TASKS: Working backward from your targets and outcomes, map out the tasks and activities [that will help you plan what] you must do to advance towards your goal. A big goal is actually made up of several smaller goals, or tasks. Do the small tasks and the big goal will be realized.

4. TIME: It takes time, a timetable and effort to bring your dreams to life. It requires consistent, persistent, focused effort. Treat time as a precious resource and invest it wisely. Create a timetable and schedule your tasks in your calendar. [This will result in] an action plan, broken down into small, manageable steps with a sequential order, so that you know what will be done and when you will do it. As you create your timetable, your goal becomes tangible. Every goal has its own gestation period.

5. TEAM: Enlist a team of talented people in the form of coaches, partners, consultants, friends, family, teachers, mentors, supporters, interns, employees [and more]. The bigger the goal, the more outside support and contributors it will require. The team you put together can make all the difference in the world. Surround yourself with positive people. When you are taking action and [are] committed, people will be compelled to help you. Teamwork makes the dream work.

6. TENACITY: Be tireless, persistent and unwavering in your commitment. Take 100% responsibility for the results youíre getting. Track your results and measure your progress. If you are not happy with your progress and results, take responsibility for changing them. Adjust your plan or timetable, tap into your burning desire and act consistently every single day.

7. TRANSCEND: Transcend limitation. Courageously go beyond your comfort zone and propel yourself to new heights. Nothing is impossible, and growth only comes from going beyond and stretching yourself. Trust that anything you can envision and commit to, you can achieve.

8. TREASURE: Treasure the journey. Savor each moment you have been given. Savor the entire experienceóthe challenges, the growth and the lessons you encounter. Trust that they are there to teach you and prepare you for future experiences. Trust that you [have] infinite untapped potential.

9. TRIUMPH: Success! Your actions have resulted in the successful realization of your goal! You have followed through on your plan [and] reached the goal you envisioned. So celebrate your growth and accomplishments. Take time to revel in your achievements.

10. TITHE: Share your blessings with others. Give of your time, talents and pocketbook. Teach others your own unique expertise and be thankful. Give encouragementóit's free to give and priceless to those who receive it. Contribution to others will enrich your life in ways you cannot imagine. Support others in their journey in any way you can. It will come back to you tenfold. Touch as many people as you can and leave a legacy that lasts beyond your lifetime.

So, take a look at your goals. Will they lead you and your business to the kind of future you envision? The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Note: Koenig can be contacted at Koenig's free "Goal Setting" CD is available at

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