Don't spend your time waiting, wishing,
wondering, or whining about what you
want. Instead be enthusiastically working
to make your dreams become realities.
- Donna Satchell -
Click here to listen to Trina Newby, host of Successful Woman Radio, reading an excerpt
from Donna Satchell's new book, Just Get Serious Volume 1 Know Yourself & Believe In Yourself, about the roles we play instead of taking action to make our success happen.
Written goals have a way of transforming
wishes into wants; can'ts into cans; dreams
into plans; and plans into reality.
- Anonymous -
During my years of reading personal development books and attending seminars, I have found that all the experts on success stress the importance of writing goals. Among them is Brian Tracy.
Today, Tracy is an internationally recognized business consultant, seminar leader, and achievement speaker. However, he dropped out of high school at 18 and, for several years, had menial jobs at factories, farms, and steamships. At 23, he got a commission-only sales position where he not only led his team in sales but also became the vice president of sales in charge of 95 people within two years.
Tracy attributes his success to his decision to write an ambitious goal to earn $1,000 a month at his job. When he actually accomplished that feat, he began to value goal setting, which led him to spend more than 40 years studying, researching, and practicing the concept. As a leading authority on success, Tracy has spoken to more than four million people through over 4,000 presentations, worked with 1,000 plus companies, and written 45 books.
With his vast knowledge and experience, Tracy says if he had only five minutes to tell someone just one thing to do to be more successful it would be, “Write down your goals; make plans to achieve them, and work on your plans every single day.” So, there you have words of wisdom from an world renown achievement expert. I suggest you act on Tracy's advice to insure your success for 2013 and beyond.
If you are not sure now to write your goals, read my article on Set Exciting Goals to Create an Exciting Life.
This month we will be bombarded with "year-in-review" TV specials and segments. Whenever I watch them, I find myself revisiting my own life and asking "what would be in my year-end program"? I pose that same question to you. What images, words, and feelings come to your mind when you think about what went on in your life last year? What experiences stand out from the others?
Below are several questions that can help you form your review. Ask yourself each one in the context of last year. You may not have answers for all the questions. However, I challenge you to delve deeply into your mind to discover answers to as many of them as you can. Many times there are rich experiences in our everyday lives that we fail to acknowledge because we are looking for something really spectacular that made a big impression on us.
Although I am giving you the questions, you may have some of your own you want to add to this list, I encourage you to do so. If you come up with questions you think others would benefit from asking themselves, please email them to me. I will list them in my next blog for readers to consider. Here are the questions (remember add "last year" at the end of each one).
1. What goals did I achieve?
2. What disappointments did I experience?
3. What new talents or abilities did I discover I had?
4. What new personal friends did I make?
5. What new professional or business relationships did I form?
6. What did I start doing that has proven to be valuable to me?
7. What undertaking(s) am I most proud of?
8. What could I have done differently at work or in my business?
9. What were some opportunities I missed and why?
10. What am I most grateful for?
11. Who helped me in a meaningful way?
12. Who did I help in a meaningful way?
If you find it difficult to answer these questions because you cannot fully remember what happened last year, I suggest that in 2013 you keep a journal of your activities, encounters, and experiences. That way, at the end of the year, you will have a resource to review to help you consider these same questions.
You may be asking yourself "what is the purpose of this exercise?" or "why should I take my time to do this?" The answer is that it allows you to examine and celebrate your life in a unique way. This activity can broaden your self-awareness and increase your self-appreciation. You can also gain valuable insights about yourself and those around you that can help you create greater personal and professional success in this New Year and beyond. I hope you enjoy the exercise.
Wishing You "Serious
Success" In 2013 & Beyond
I am passionate about reaching my full potential and assisting others to do likewise. As an achievement speaker, success skills trainer, life coach, and author, I am committed to inspiring and empowering individuals and business teams to achieve their goals and dreams.