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Making your resolutions happen

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Posted January 5th, 2010 by Sue Deyell

Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” says we should identify one or two goals we really want to accomplish this year, and figure out the steps to achieve them.”

1. Set goals instead of actual-New Year's resolutions. New Year's resolutions are changes you wish to make or goals you want to achieve over the course of the year, but for most people, a year is too long to stay focused on a single goal. Instead, set long or short-term goals that can be broken down into smaller pieces and more easily accomplished over time.
2. Begin with the end in mind. To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. What do you really value in life? What is most important to you?
3. Don't set too many goals. If you could only accomplish one or two goals over the next year, what would they be?
4. Commit to your goals and write them down. Don't set a goal you are not passionate about.
5. Break your goals down into more manageable chunks. Identify and write the steps you will take to accomplish your goal.
6. Assign realistic deadlines to each step toward your goal.
7. Plan to review progress toward your goal weekly and daily.
8. Reward yourself. Each time you complete a step toward your goal, celebrate your success with the reward!
9. Find a mentor.
10. Don't give up when you slip-up.
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    I like this! I like that comic strip too!
    AND I REALLY like Judi's goal of one virtual friend into a real friend!
    I'm actually going to be meeting (I think) 16 Sparkers at the New Orleans HM Feb 28th.
    Wow! That's a lot of virtual friends.

    I wish one of them was you Penny!! I'd really like to meet you some day!
    4186 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    very nice, i like the way that plans out
    4186 days ago
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    emoticon Me too.
    4186 days ago
    emoticon I REALLY like that goal!
    4186 days ago
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    I have a goal to make one more "Virtual" friend into a "real" friend by February 14th, 2010.

    4186 days ago
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