“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
-Napoleon Hill

Everyone has goals; how one follows through with them determines the success or failure of any particular goal. Most of your highly successful people have had clearly defined goals that they were determined to achieve. They were creative in their process, and made changes along the way to accomplish what they set out to do. If a circumstance changed, they just tweaked their process, until their end-goal was met. They know that taking no action is an action to fail. It was their choice to succeed.

What is your choice? How serious are you about setting up an action plan to begin achieving your goals? Are you willing to do the work? These are just some questions that would be helpful for you to think about. Becoming clear on what your goals are, deciding what you want, and what steps you will take, as well as how long it will take you to achieve these goals is very important. Remember it is not about saying you want this or that, or saying you will set a particular goal. It is about doing the work, going through the process to achieve the goal that counts. That is what will make you successful at attaining what you want in your life. Hope you are on board to start creating your extraordinary self, with one goal after another begin met.

Step One-
Simply decide to take action towards setting your goals, and mean it. Understand that goal setting is a powerful tool for personal and professional planning. It is wise to set your goals in order of smallest to largest to be met. As you accomplish each goal, celebrate your achievement, you deserve it. Begin now by looking deep into yourself, and focus on what you really want to achieve, become clear on the goals you want to work with. See them, feel them being accomplished, and then become the reason it was achieved. Take a look at all the main areas in your life you would like to work on Career, Relationships, Well-being, etc, and under each one write down the first thoughts that come to your mind under each category. What is important? Where do you want change? Go ahead start taking the steps to create your best life!!!

Step Two-
Now that you have a clear idea of what goals you would like to set for yourself, we can start moving in the direction of setting up an action plan. Begin by writing your goals down in full description, with timescales next to each of them stating when you would like to accomplish each one. Remember start with the smallest goal first, then work your way up to the largest. To make this more real and meaningful jot down next to each goal why you want to achieve this goal? What difference will it make in your life? And how strong is your desire to achieve it? Asking these questions will help you continue to see why these goals are important to you, and why you should continuously be motivated to accomplishing them. Go full stream ahead to your success!!!

Step Three-
Make a commitment to yourself to prioritize your time. This will help you strategically balance you life better, and you will be in a better position to continuously focus on the important things in your life. A few days after you write your goals down re-read them, are you still feeling motivated to achieve them? If you are great, if not write better reasons why you want to accomplish the goal, or simply remove it from your goals list. You want to focus on only what is really important to you at this time. It is the reason behind the goal that makes us have a deep desire to achieve it, not only the goal itself. When you have goals you truly, deep down want to reach, you are more likely to continue to make it a priority to use your time in the most productive way, with emphasis on taking time to consistently, and actively work on that goal each week. You need to put the goal at hand on your weekly schedule. This will now become part of your new success routine. You need to devise a plan of action to reach your goal. Go ahead; start visualizing all the possibilities, because you are actively working to make them a reality!!!

Step Four-
You will find as you go through the process of reaching success with your first goal, that once you do, your sense of accomplishment will feel great. This will help you see all the greatness your future holds as you continue to reach one goal after another. You may have an occasional setback that is fine. Remember it is how you deal with the obstacles that come your way, that determine whether or not you will succeed with your end result, it is always your choice. It is not the obstacle itself, you can always rise above that. You just have to keep focusing on the end result of success with your goal, and deal with the obstacles as what they are temporary sidetracks. Keep moving forward, nothing can stop you now!!!

Step Five-
Always break your goals down into sub-goals. Be specific about what day you will work on your goal? What you would like to accomplish that week towards achieving the goal? Being specific will continuously give you clarity and direction, along with keeping you focused, as well as giving you that extra little push you may need from time to time. Begin getting excited, if you decide to start seriously setting goals for yourself, your life is about to change for the better!!!

So, there you have it. A beginning plan towards helping you to start taking the steps to actively move your life in the direction you want it to go. Now that you will soon have a list of goals you truly want to achieve, always dig deep for your inner confidence to keep moving you forward. And remember take the smart approach. S-Specific, M-Measurable A-Achievable, R-Relevant, T-Time-bound!!!

To Your Success,
Lori Snyder,CEC

Author's Bio: 

Lori Snyder partners with people who are ready to begin moving their lives in an upward forward direction. “I believe that each person hold within them powerful inner strength, that when tapped into, can help them to create positive results towards making their lives an extraordinary one”. Lori has a degree in Sociology, and is a Certified Executive/Empowerment Coach. She received this certification from IPEC School of Coaching. She is also a successful speaker, writer, workshop facilitator and entrepreneur. Lori was a columnist for The Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women. And she also was on the advisory board for Newsday’s Wellness Magazine; she acted as their Life Coach, and also enjoyed doing a 6 month feature with the magazine. Lori can be reached at info@lori-snyder.com or 516-708.9261.