By Colin Dunbar
“Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” - Marie Curie
Perseverance is not rocket science. You can master this goal setting tool, with just a little thinking and concentration. Think about the thing you want to do, focus your efforts on the smaller steps and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
In real terms, perseverance is a matter of doing something step-by-step. When we have confidence in what we do, perseverance can become a habit. And it is a good habit worth having.
When you consider a world class athlete, perseverance is essential in his or her performance.
As Madam Curie said, “life is not easy”, but life is here to be lived, and when we use the right tools, it can be exciting. Using this quote as a daily affirmation is an excellent goal setting tool.
When we “believe that we are gifted for something”, as Curie said, our energy levels rise astronomically. When you attain success at the smaller things, your level of confidence rises proportionally.
The dictionary defines perseverance as “maintain effort”. Thus perseverance is nothing more than taking it step-by-step. Even the smallest steps will result in success.
Take it one step at a time, and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
Make it your goal to…
Identify what you are passionate about. When you know what your passion is, you will find the energy to develop perseverance. And when you become tired, take time out - take a break - you will find you become recharged.
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You may have experienced some performance improvement since two days ago. I’ve just deployed a new release that has added caching to certain pages, such as Goals and Tasks pages. Now you should be able to navigate across these pages more quickly and things load faster than before.
The improvement should be significant if you happen to have a lot of active goals and tasks. However, from a pure goal setting perspective, it’s not always a good idea to have many active goals at one time. Because that tends to overwhelm and distract you. You can always put on backburner those goals that you may not want to focus on right now, and later bring them back to be active.
I am always trying things to make the site more accessible and easier to use, so if you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
By Jill Koenig
1. Decide in advance that you are going to have a great week.
Your attitude determines your altitude and it starts right here with the decision. Expect success, expect the best, and be prepared to invest the very best of yourself in everything you do.
2. Define Success more clearly.
Envision exactly what it means to have a great week. Does success mean productivity? Fun? Speed? Quality? Progress? Completion? What elements do you need to create in order to realize your vision this week?
3. Map out your week on Sunday evening.
At first this may seem challenging but after a few tries, you will be in awe of how easy it is to set yourself up for success. Here are some questions to get you started: What are your priorities for the week? What are the essentials you absolutely must accomplish and in what order of importance? What do you need to do this week to meet your Goals for the month, for the year?
4. Schedule your actions and priorities into your calendar
so that you know when you will do them.
5. Create measures of accountability.
Are you motivated by pain or pleasure? Does it light a fire under your posterior to know there is a fun reward at the finish line for doing what you promised or are you more motivated by the pain of having to pay for NOT doing it? Determine your own personal rewards you will enjoy for following through on your commitments and what penalties can you impose on yourself if you don’t? Bring in a friend or peers for extra reinforcement. Having someone to hold you accountable will keep you honest and give you an extra edge. There is nothing like succeeding or failing in front of an audience. You can raise the bar on this as high as you need to.
6. Go to bed early Sunday evening.
Stretch or meditate prior to bedtime. You will feel more rested when you wake up and you will have energy, vigor and enthusiasm to begin your day. There’s nothing as energizing and momentum building as arising with clarity, getting a jump on the day and being ahead of schedule, rather than feeling like you’re behind schedule or playing catch up.
7. On Monday morning rise a little earlier, get in a quick workout
Even if it’s just a 15 minute walk or ride on the exercise bike. Wake up your brain and get those endorphins flowing. You will burn more fat, feel GREAT and get it out of the way so you’re free to move on to other things.
8. Eat a healthy breakfast.
This will provide you with the fuel to tackle your top priorities. (planning your week in advance means planning your meals in advance if you want to be super productive, energized and stay away from fast foods, which are a huge energy drain) What you put into your mouth has a direct effect on your productivity, efficiency and mental clarity.
9. Listen to one hour of an empowering audio program
while you’re working out and eating breakfast. This will help you with the mental motivation and get you going with the right attitude. I recommend http://www.TheTimeCommandments.com
10. At the end of each day and the end of each week, review what you did or didn’t do.
Make adjustments where necessary and keep building on your strengths and celebrating your
successes. Have fun and remember that small improvements add up over time. Imagine how much more clarity, motivation and achievement you will experience after growing and improving consistently for 52 weeks!
Momentum breeds momentum.
Unleashing these powerful strategies will condition you to seize the day every day. You will condition yourself to know where you are going, get moving and you will have all the motivation and Momentum you need to carry you through the week.
Jill Koenig, the “Goal Guru” is America’s Top Goal Strategist. A best selling Author, Coach and Motivational Speaker, she is an expert on the subjects of Goal Setting, Time Management and Business Success. Her Goal in life is to help you UNLEASH your untapped potential. Learn cutting edge
Goal Strategies at http://www.GoalGuru.com
What are your critical activities? Critical activities are those activities that directly move you towards your goals. Every goal has critical activities. The problem is that most of us spend significant amounts of time doing things that are not critical. Often we convince ourselves that they are something we ‘need’ to do to be successful, but usually they are things that are not critical.
Step 1 – Identify your goals
You can’t know what the critical activities are if you don’t first have a clear understanding of what your goals are. You need to understand where you are going before you can know how to get there. Go beyond just labeling something as your goal, get a grip on WHY you want to achieve your goal. Before you plan how to get to your vacation destination you first need to know where you are going and what you want to do when you get there. Your destination is your goal, and what you want to do when you get there is your WHY.
Step 2 – List major outcomes needed to achieve your goal
For each goal make a list of the outcomes that you need to complete in order reach that goal. These outcomes should be the major results that lead to achieving your goals. You may view these as the steps along the way, or the main accomplishments needed to move you forward. If your goal is to increase your coaching business your major outcomes will be finding new clients and keeping your existing clients. These would be the two major outcomes that if you continue to do will certainly help you achieve your over arching goal.
Step 3 – Determine the activities needed
In this step you need to take your outcomes from step #2 and break them down into all of the activities that are needed to get you to those outcomes. There are likely several activities needed for each outcome. These can be broken down into small bite sized action chunks. Continuing with the goal of expanding your coaching business, you would list all the activities for each of the two major outcomes. For example for finding new clients you would have things such as building your prospect list, networking, phoning potential prospects, increasing your web presence, offering seminars or podcasts etc… Think through all the things you do to move you towards each major outcome.
Step 4 – Limit the list to the critical activities
Once you have your list of activities you need to reduce the list to only those activities that are absolutely critical for achieving your goals. These are the things that must be done. To find out if one of the activities you have recorded is critical or not, ask yourself what would happen if you stopped doing it. If you quit doing one of the critical activities you will quit moving towards your goals. If you quit something that is not critical you may miss it but it won’t prevent you from reaching your goals. Often the critical activities are not the easy activities. They require stepping out of your comfort zone. For each goal you should aim to have between 4 and 8 critical activities.
Step 5 – Take action on the critical.
After you have identified the critical activities you need to take action on those activities. Reduce the time and focus you give to the non-critical activities. By now you have likely realized that some things you spend time on are not critical. Non critical activities for me include cleaning my office, surfing the web endlessly, communicating with friends on Facebook etc.. Certainly there are times where these activities are appropriate and even needed, however that is not when I am working towards my goals. When you have set aside time to focus on your business or other goals only do critical activities. To do this you may need to block out distractions. This might mean closing your email boxes, shutting of your twitter tweets, and perhaps even turning off the ringer on your phone. Get rid of the non-critical things that might distract you from the critical.
Step 6 – Do this for each goal
Likely you will have more than one goal in your life. You may have business goals, work goals, family goals, fitness goals etc. For each goal area you can work through this process. If your goal is to lose you may identify the major outcomes of eating better and exercising more. From there your critical activities might be: 1. exercise daily 2. cook better meals 3. measure our your servings 4. record everything you eat. Every area of your life has critical activities and time wasters.
By taking the time to work through these steps you can focus on the critical and avoid the time wasters. You will make more progress towards your goals more quickly.
I’ve been working on a new release which aims to improve the overall site load speed (particularly for adding/updating tasks) and also fix a few minor issues.
As I mentioned earlier, all free accounts will be removed from the system so that they will no longer slow down the site for paying members.
I’m also planning on adding a few new features, which include:
1. Add a “Daily To-do List” section to dashboard so that you can add those tasks that you do every day, but they may not belong to any of your goals.
2. The ability to selectively display which goals to show on dashboard.
3. Multi-user support (still finalizing the details)
Please let me know what you think about these new features, and if there are anything else you’d like to see in the site.
Found through Be Excellent Blog, recently ThinkTQ.com announced the results of 2005 Goals Study. They considered 10 important key actions that once taken will make you closer to the goal. They also compiled how often and well people take these action items. The key actions are pretty neat. The results are shocking:
- Make all your dreams real by first identifying and then focusing on specific, tangible targets for what you want.
- Maintain at least one clearly defined goal for every major interest and role in your life.
- Set your goals so they are directly aligned with your life’s mission, purpose and passion.
- Create goals high enough to ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action.
- Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail.
- Absolutely, unconditionally commit to hitting each of your targets.
- Share your goals with others for mutual accomplishment.
- Set a whole series of related daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and completion dates.
- Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how terrific it will feel when your goals are actually realized.
- Take an action step toward the attainment of at least one goal every day.
In their sample size of 32,896 users who took the survey, the results are not promising. Only a maximum of 33% users consistently take the action item. Maybe most of them do not know how to achieve their goals, or they never plan their goals. Without a way to walk closer to your goal, you will only be dreaming about the achievement. You have to be a dreamer as well as a doer to taste the achievement in reality.