Thursday, July 05, 2007

66 Tips For Better Networking - #15

Route 66 - The Journey Toward Success

Make A List, Check It Twice

Make a list of what you are trying to accomplish in your career. Don't just think about what you are working toward, actually write it down. Be clear about what success looks like (so that you will recognize it when you see it), and break each goal down into the parts that need to be completed in order to achieve the whole goal.

Once you have written down your goals, and you know the incremental steps to reaching them, you need to put that list in a drawer for about a week. Do not look at it ...yet. Let is sit. Allow the parts that you wrote down to sink into your brain.

After the week has past, take the list out and edit your goals. You will be surprised how you point of view of your life could have shifted in just a few days. Feel free to add goals, remove goals, and change around the steps toward success.

Now you should have a pretty good feeling about your list. If you do not feel that it is right, put it away for another week. There is no hurry, you are running a marathon, not a sprint. Creating a successful list of goals that keeps you motivated takes some time, and they will always be open to change.

Writing down you goals is a good idea, but that alone is just an exercise. The real results come from reviewing your goals. This means that you must re-read them on a regular basis. Some people will tell you daily, others might say weekly. The important part is not the frequency, but that you do it on a consistent basis.

It also helps to share you goals with other people. Keeping them private does not give you as much motivation as having a coach, a friend, or a group of people who will hold you accountable for taking the right actions in life. Each decision you make leads you close or farther from you desires. When others know what you are striving toward, they will help you stay on track.

Have you ever taken a kid bowling? They have bumpers that pop up from the gutters to keep the ball in the alley. Goals are like those bumpers. They do not stop you from bouncing around, but they keep you from throwing gutter balls!

Have A Great Day.


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