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Create a Timeline for Your Goals

Apr 3, 2008
One of the best ways to plan for your future is to create a goal timeline. What is a goal timeline? It is a chronological mapping of your goals. It is best to start at the end (the goal) and then work back. Prepare smaller "mini goals" along the way.

Try to be as specific as possible when defining your goals. This will make it much easier to accomplish them. Instead of saying you want to be financially secure or that you want to make more money, be specific. Start by determining how much money you need to make every month.

After tallying your living expenses, if you have determined you need $3,000 per month, you may wish you create a goal a bit higher. Plan to cover yourself for unexpected things that come up. So, specifically, you will want to say something like "I want to earn $4,000 a month".

Giving your goals deadlines will help you measure your progress. Using the above example, you can take that goal further by giving it a date. You could say "I want to earn $4,000 per month by January 1st". As that date approaches, you'll know if you are getting closer to reaching your goal or if you need to start working harder. When January 1st happens, you will know if you have achieved your goal or not.

For a double whammy, create goals that will not only help you grow your business, but also help you grow as a person. Growing as a person is just as important as growing your business- it will also help you get farther in growing your business, if you have personal growth as well.

As you achieve your goals, you will feel stronger and ready to take on more challenges. Keep creating new goals. Whenever you feel like you are not accomplishing something, take out your goal timelines and see where you were 6 months ago or a year ago.

Reviewing your goals timeline can help you realize how far you've come in achieving success. It will help you focus on the positive, rather than the negative. Try to focus on the positive by giving yourself credit for the good that you've accomplished.

It may seem strange at first, but if you tell yourself you are doing a good job everyday, sooner or later, you'll start to believe it.
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