Category Archives: Taking Action

Work Toward Positive Goals

Work Toward Positive Goals

Avoid this. Don’t do that. What kind of goals are those?

If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you know that those kinds of goals and statements attract what you don’t want.

Work Toward Positive Goals

Besides, how can you be motivated toward the negative? How often have you been excited to accomplish a goal that didn’t even sound good when you brought it up? Or, to put it another way, which would you rather expend your energy on?

  • Achieving something you desire? or
  • Avoiding something you don’t?

I vote for the former … so my advice when planning for the New Year is to state your goals as positive statements.

In fact, there are those who believe that stating your goals positively is a key component in setting goals that you can achieve.

But it goes deeper than that. You want to be comfortable, happy and excited about your goals. If you do not have positive emotions around the goals you have set, the likelihood that you will succeed is actually pretty low.

Here is how you can go about setting positive goals.

  1. Think about what you want to achieve.
  2. Figure out how to state your goal in a way that not only puts a smile on your face, but gets your energy pumping … you just can’t wait to start working on attaining that goal.

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Why You Should Plan Ahead for the New Year

goals O.K. We’re already into the third week of my discussing different ways for you to create a plan for your business in 2010. But do you know why you should be doing this?

By writing down your plan for the new year, you are setting down your goals and intentions for your business next year. By setting goals, in writing, you can:

  • Achieve more in less time:
    You won’t have to waste your time thinking about what you should do … you’ll already know!
  • Improve your overall performance:
    Time wasters will be reduced and you’ll be able to focus on what needs to get done.
  • Increase your motivation to achieve your goals:
    Having a game plan can be motivational … as you tick those accomplishments off, you’ll build momentum toward your goal.
  • Increase your pride and satisfaction in your achievements:
    Now you’ll have your accomplishments outlined in writing … now you can say, “I did that!”
  • Improve your self-confidence:
    Accomplishing what you set out to do has a way of bolstering your confidence.

In addition to all that, people who use goal-setting effectively:
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An Action Plan for Efficient Article Marketing Writing

As I mentioned in my last post, the pre-writing is the time-consuming part of “writing” an article for your article marketing. But that can be managed, as well. Here is a simple action plan that will help you swiftly create articles that grab attention and generate traffic.

Step One: Choose Your Topic and Select Winning Keywords
You want your articles to be rich in key words and phrases that people are searching for online. The tool I’ve found most helpful (thanks to my mentor, Daniel Hall), is:
 

 
You’ll see the place to enter your search phrase under the headline “Try The Coolest Keyword Research Tool Today!” Just enter your topic and see what pops up.

If you were to type in the search term “dog training”, your results might look something like this:
 

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Procrastination: The Time Management Killer

procrastination Procrastination is a real schedule buster. At times it can be so easy to put things off until later, but if you do that too often, nothing gets done.

There are plenty of reasons people procrastinate:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Dislike of the task
  • Mis-alignment of task and person

I’d like to talk a little about each one and provide some tips and advice for overcoming them.

Feeling Overwhelmed
Sometimes, when a task seems so big and overwhelming, you can feel so daunted that it is easier just not to start. You may not know where to start. Or you may feel like nothing you do toward that goal seems to get you anywhere. One way to overcome this challenge is to break the larger task into smaller, easier to handle tasks. Give each mini-task a deadline, so that you can still feel accomplishment. And be realistic about how quickly the tasks can be completed. If you are still getting behind, you can always re-evaluate the time you’ve allotted and give your self more time.

Dislike of the task
For me, cleaning the floors and dusting the house are the things I procrastinate the most because of this reason. I really don’t like cleaning. One way to overcome this challenge is to delegate the task to someone who does it better than you and, possibly, even enjoys the task. Another is to take a look at the task and see if it really needs to be done. If not, take it off your schedule. (Boy, I wish I could do that to cleaning!)
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