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Five tips to reach your goals

I focus a great deal in my training and coaching on goal-setting. Now that we're two months into 2013, are you still focused on the goals you set on Jan. 1?

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Make goals meaningful. Goal-setting for the sake of goal-setting almost always ends in disappointment. Goal-setting is simply a tool to use in achieving a favorable outcome — what some people call a “dream.”

Use positive language and the present tense when setting a goal. It is better to say “I weigh a healthy, trim and fit 185 pounds” than “I want to lose 20 pounds.”

Always put your goals in writing. Every expert agrees that setting a goal without putting it in writing drastically reduces your chances of success.

Goal-setting should take place in every area of your life, including health, relationships, spiritual, career and financial.

Set life goals that will add dimension, excitement and texture to your life.

Failure doesn’t always mean that you did something wrong in your goal-setting or implementation. It may just mean that the time you allotted for success wasn’t adequate. A thorough review process should be undertaken before setting the goal again. Good luck!

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Gary Harvey

Gary Harvey is the founder and president of Achievement Dynamics, LLC, a high performance sales training, coaching and development company for sales professionals, managers and business owners. His firm is consistently rated by the Sandler Training as one of the top 10 training centers in the world. He can be reached at 303-741-5200, or gary.harvey@sandler.com.


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