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Successful Goal Setting Tips
by Debbie Allen


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Successful Goal Setting Tips

By Debbie Allen

Assure Victory with Simple and Short-Term Goals

Always have some goals that are easy to reach. Simple goals and short-term goals will motivate you as you achieve them and keep you headed toward larger goals.

Make Yourself Stretch with Long-Term Goals

Long-term goals are usually two years or longer. These goals set the stage for your plan of success. They challenge you, expand your growth and help to keep you focused.

Share Your Goals with Affirmations

Speaking your goals out loud in the form of affirmations will not only help to feed your own sub-conscious mind, it will also allow others to support your efforts too. You are more likely to achieve your goals if your friends, business associates and family know about them. Only share your goals with people who encourage your growth and success and avoid negative forces.

It always amazes me how many goals I achieve by sharing them with others. My friends, family, business associates and even my audience attendees help me to stay on track and keep me moving toward my goals with continuous positive encouragement.

If you have a tendency to disappoint yourself before disappointing others, you may not feel comfortable sharing your goals. Yet, most people who don’t share their goals often don’t really believe that they can accomplish them. This negative self-doubt feeds your sub-conscious mind and begins to sabotage your results. To avoid this, move away from any negative self-talk and start sharing more often.

Point to Ponder:

"Happiness, wealth, and success are by-products of goal setting; they cannot be the goal themselves." John Condry

Prioritize, Yet Be Flexible

It is best to decide which goals are most important for you to achieve. Date your goals accordingly in the areas that will reap you the largest return on your investment of time and money. Ask yourself, is this task moving me toward my goals faster or holding me back from reaching my peak potential?

Be open and flexible to changes around you. Due to unforeseen circumstances, you may need to adjust the due date of your goal or reevaluate and cancel it altogether. Often, the goals that receive the most attention are most likely the goals that will change frequently too.

Understand Why You Want to Achieve Your Goal

Why do you really want to achieve your long-term goal? What will it do for you or how will it change your life?

Clarify the root of why you want to achieve your goals. Is it to earn respect from others or to create a better lifestyle for your family? Will your goal have a profound impact on your life or others?

Don’t let your ego get in the way of setting big goals. Honest evaluation of why you want to achieve your goals will bring valuable insight and newly discovered personal development. The more you understand why you want something, the more motivated you will be to keep working at accomplishing your goals.

Don’t Give Up

You will get discouraged from time to time and may even start to doubt yourself. That is just human nature. You will also get busy, side-tracked, and may have a tendency to procrastinate. But don’t’ stop! Keep moving toward your goals – one step at a time.

The reason many people do not set goals is the fear of failure. Yet the only true failure is to not attempt to try new things and to set new goals. If you don’t try, you’ll never reap the rewards. If you try and only partly succeed, you still are a success, and you will have achieved more than you’ve got right now.

Get to work on your goals! Once you accomplish them you will discover more confidence and feel more empowered. That is your special gift to yourself in the next year.

© 2007 Debbie Allen All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Debbie Allen is one of the world’s leading authorities on sales and marketing. She is the author of five books including Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters and Skyrocketing Sales. Debbie has helped thousands of people around the world attract customers like crazy with her innovative, no-cost marketing strategies and secrets to sales success. Her expertise has been featured in Entrepreneur, Selling Power and Sales & Marketing Excellence. Visit her at

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