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Eleven tips to help you achieve your most important goals

What do you want?

People always talk about goals and many are good at taking aim at something concrete, but after just a short while the sight is suddenly very blurry and the goal has become unclear. The good news is that it's actually not that hard to reach your goals, but you have to think right from the start. Here are a few tips on how you can do that.

Eleven tips on how to reach your most important goals:

1. First and foremost - set objectives that YOU care about - then it's easy to work towards them.
One thing that many people forget when it comes to saving time, is to define why they should push themselves to do more. There must be a purpose to stop chatting with a friend and start working instead.

2. What do you want?
Here you must formulate exactly what you want (don't confuse it with what you don't want!) and that you can achieve yourself (not something you want someone else to fix for you). Try to be as specific as possible.”I want more money” is not specific.”I want to earn 10 000 more per month” is specific.

3. What would it mean if you got what you want?
This answers the question of what your efforts will actually give you. What exactly is it that you would get that matters to YOU ​​if you reach the goal?

4. How do you know when you got it?
Describe what you would see, hear and feel once you get there.

5. How will I and everyone else know when you got it?
Describe what others will see, hear and feel when you get it.

6. When do you want it?
Describe when you want to have it. At what point do you want to fulfill your goal?

7. What is it that prevents you from already having it?
This will help you see what barriers exist and when you know what they are, you'll know better what needs to be done to overcome them.

8. How will achieving your goal affect other parts of your life?
This is something that is easy to forget. There are probably both positive and negative consequences to consider.

9. What do you have today that will help you achieve this goal?
Take a closer look at what resources you have to find the tools to reach the target.

10. What do you need to obtain in order to achieve the objective (knowledge or other things)?
It's time to get specific again. A positive attitude is always good to have, but it's better to say: “I will read a book about the project, so that I get a clearer picture of all the components of a successful project.”

11. What's the easiest way to reach the target?
What is the absolute first step you can take to reach the goal? What is the first thing you can do today to get one step closer? There are several ways to begin. Which way will most likely be the best? Which is the fastest and is there a conflict between speed and quality in that case?

Finally - an experiment:
Write down exactly what you spend your time on doing for a week and see how many of the hours that can be booked under ”achieving my personal goals”. For most of us it will be a sad reading. The advantage for you is that you can actually change that.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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